Here are Today’s NHL Picks:
Capitals @ Hurricanes
This Game 4 features a lot of the unexpected. Carolina was able to dictate the terms of Game 3 from the beginning. For Washington, there is nowhere to go but up after getting outshot that badly. Shots were 45-12 at one point with scoring chances 33-7 Carolina. The 5-0 score was truly indicative of how the game was going. Any of the three scoring lines for the Hurricanes could easily exceed expectations as they were even across the board when it came to scoring chances on Monday night. The extra night of rest helps both teams so that will not favor one team or the other. Carolina has been able to start off well in every game so far but only in Game 3 were they able to have it translate on the scoreboard as well.
1u – CAR Hurricanes MoneyLine @ -125
Blues @ Jets
When does the home team win one of these games? Four have been played and not one team with the home cooking has managed to come out victorious. St. Louis did get to overtime but Winnipeg won anyway behind a Kyle Connor goal. The away teams carrying the execution in their play has forced the MoneyLine downward to attractive levels. Now, -125 is something on the board. It may even move down a bit more much like the Dallas and Boston games did on Wednesday night. Winnipeg’s depth has been better than the depth for St. Louis and eventually that will make a difference. Connor Hellebuyck also has the experience of a deep playoff run which is something Jordan Binnington does not have. It is not about being mean but pertaining just to the facts.
1u – WPG Jets MoneyLine @ -125
Golden Knights @ Sharks
Can San Jose right the ship enough to win one game? The answer lies in the fact of how they attack Marc-Andre Fleury. There are times in the last few periods where San Jose was able to impose their will and then Fleury was able to improve enough to stop many shots. Martin Jones is confirmed to be starting for San Jose. Jones has a goals-against average of up over 5 and a save percentage of under .840. That is a walking “really bad start”. Marc-Andre Fleury has been much better for Vegas sporting a 2.51 goals-against average with a .920 save percentage. The shutout in Game 4 was immense for Fleury’s confidence as well as the team. Vegas has two dynamic scoring lines right now whereas San Jose just has scattered players. Injuries and suspension have rattled the psyche of the Vancouver Canucks in particular. At the start of this series, San Jose looked fresh and ready to contend. Now, they are half the team they used to be. The even MoneyLine is a good tipping point and goals seem very likely in this one.
1u – Over 6.5 total goals @ +130
1u – VGK Golden Knights MoneyLine @ +100