The NHL playoffs continue on Thursday April 13th with three games over national television to the satisfaction of pro hockey bettors worldwide.
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It all begins at 7PM Eastern Time on USA Network as the Washington Capitals will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their best of seven playoff series. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Washington Capitals favored by -230 odds with the take back on the road underdog Toronto Maple Leafs at +200 odds. The goal total is lined at 5 1/2 . Washington is a favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season. They won 55 regular season games and leads the NHL in goals against while averaging 3.2 goals a game which is third best in the league. Capitals have shut out 12 opponents on the year. Toronto is a strong offensive team but is weak on defense. Maple Leafs allow 32.6 shots on their goal per game which is 28th in the NHL.
On NBC Sports Network at 8PM Eastern Time the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Nashville Predators. Chicago is favored by -170 odds with the return on Nashville at +150 odds. The goal total is lined at 5 ½ goals. Chicago rallied to skate past the Minnesota Wild in the Central standings. Blackhawks are a well coached and discipline team that doesn’t hurt themselves with penalties. Corey Crawford is solid in net for Chicago with lots of playoff experience. Nashville enters the playoffs losers of five of seven games. They finished the regular season with 41 wins.
The late night game begins at 10:30PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network as the Anaheim Ducks host the Calgary Flames. Anaheim is favored by -165 odds with the return on the underdog Calgary Flames at +145 odds. The goal total is lined at 5 goals. Anaheim carries a strong trend at home against the Calgary Flames with 27 straight victories. The Ducks closed the season strong with four straight victories and beating the Flames twice during that run. Calgary is a young fast skating team that is the most penalized in the league.