NHL Playoff Tips - 24th April

Our picks for this morning's NHL Stanley Cup Playoff action

Tue, 23 Apr, 11:04

Here are Today’s NHL Picks:

Golden Knights @ Sharks

Does Vegas blow a 3-1 series lead? It seemed unfathomable after they won three straight games the way they did. However, here we are with San Jose home in a Game 7 for a chance to advance to the second round. Game 6 featured a series of insanely odd events that doomed Vegas. First, Martin Jones stopped 58 of 59 shots which brought back shades of 2010 Jaroslav Halak as he stoned the Washington Capitals late in that series and especially in Game 7. The second was Tomas Hertl, yes, the Hertl that made the guarantee. He was invisible for most of the contest. Then, the forward darted out of the zone, fired a shot, and it found a way past Marc-Andre Fleury. No one expected it to happen that way, but it did.

Game 6 felt like a Game 7 in the sense that the teams combined for just three goals on 88 shots. Could that occur again on Tuesday night? It is possible but may not be as likely. The three home games in San Jose have seen 22 goals in all. However, this must be balanced with the lower-scoring tendencies of a Game 7. What may happen here? It’s a great mystery because both teams play at a high pace which just seems plodding. The tone set early by both teams will be telling. If San Jose is allowed to skate less encumbered, then look out. If Vegas hits everything in sight like in Game 6, the pace will be slowed.

Higher Risk Alert (if one so chooses)

1u – San Jose Sharks Line(-1.5 goals) @ $3.38


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