NHL PLAYOFFS (18-23-2, -3.84u) 2010.05.04 final 3 picks:
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens: Pittsburgh Penguins -0.5 +100 (2.00) 5Dimes
, Pittsburgh 3Way (1X2) +100 (2.00) Goalwin
San Jose Sharks @ Detroit Red Wings: San Jose Sharks ML +145 (2.45) Bookmaker
San Jose Sharks @ Detroit Red Wings: Under 5.5 -105 (1.95) Bookmaker
*One unit each always. Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens
At this point, there is some doubts about the favoritism that the Penguins have. They already lost their home advantage, losing the second game at home against the Canadiens. The series are to dangerous close to what happen before between the Canadiens and the Capitals. The Penguins tried to score, with shots over shots, but only scored one goal, in a PP situation. The Canadiens are a completely different team in this playoffs, with a monster defense. So far, the Canadiens goalkeeper, Jaroslav Halak is probably the MVP of this playoffs.
The Pens are in a hard situation, as the Canadiens still able to make great defense performances. They have to break that wall to get their wins. Their offensive line is great, and they can't be stopped all the times, as we saw in game one. They needed less shots to score 6 times, but scored in all four PP situations they had. Their defense have suffered 3 goals in both games, and have to be improve, specially because they have to win this game to recover their advantage in this series. Their offense can be better, and after some struggling games, they will play with less pressing, as happened in Ottawa, where their offensive line was much better.
The Canadiens are giving big hopes to their supporters, as they were able to eliminate one of the biggest contenders previously, and are showing the some strength and will in this series. They already won one game in Pittsburgh. However, we can't forget that after winning the second game at Washington, the team wasn't able to hold the two home games they had next to that game. Their big boost only happened in game four, where they won 3 in a row and get the qualification. Their solid defense is their biggest edge, however, at home they are different. Their defense isn't so aggressive, because they can't play such a "bad game" in front of their supporters. They give more spaces, that are wisely availed for good offensive lines, like the Pens. Their moral is starting to be to high, as they think that at this point they can be the favorites. Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -0.5 +100 (2.00) 5Dimes, Pittsburgh 3Way (1X2) +100 (2.00) Goalwin San Jose Sharks @ Detroit Red Wings
At this point, it seems hard to see the Red Wings in the conference final. They are losing 2-0 this series, and even thinking that they will have 2 home games now to try to tie the series, it will not be easy. Against the Coyotes, the Red Wings lost 2 home in games in 3. In the other side, the Sharks won 2 in 3 road games against the Avs.
The Sharks are aware of their good position to ensure their presence in the conference final. Without give away any of their first home games, their goals now is try to grab one road game. They know that this game can be a early key to the solve this series. In Detroit, they will have a very strong mental game, as the Red Wings can't commit any mistakes. The Sharks will have to be really solid in their defense, as if they can hold the Red Wings offense, they will be really close to a nice end. They are allowing only 1.80 goals per game lately, and as we saw in the first games in Colorado, they study the opponent team, waiting patiently for the right time. In the first game in Colorado, the game ended 0-0! Today, the game will not be so different. At that game, the Sharks had lost before one home game, and were in disadvantage. So, they had to be smart and cautious.
The Red Wings needs to win, as the Sharks only need 2 more games, when there are 3 games in Detroit and 2 in San Jose. Their only chance is win their home games and try to steal one road game in San Jose. But they can't be thinking in that, as they just have to think in today game. The team is well experienced, factor that helped them to won the game 7 in Phoenix. However, they will not face anymore a team that were in the pre-season with huge problems, they are now facing perhaps currently the biggest contender to Stanley Cup. They have to solve some problems as they showed against the Coyotes, like a bad home results. Lost 2 in 3 home games against a team like Coyotes is a huge problem, if we compare the Coyotes to the Sharks. At home, their biggest edge is their defense, something that isn't working lately as they expected. Picks: San Jose Sharks ML +145 (2.45) Bookmaker & Under 5.5 -105 (1.95) Bookmaker
NHL PLAYOFFS (17-23-2, -4.86u) 2010.05.02 results recap:
Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Pittsburgh Penguins PL -1.5 +110 (2.10) The Greek (1-3: LOSS)
Montreal Canadiens @ Pittsburgh Penguins: Over 5.5 -120 (1.83) Bookmaker (1-3: LOSS)
Detroit Red Wings @ San Jose Sharks: San Jose Sharks PL -1.5 +225 (3.25) Bookmaker (4-3: LOSS)
Detroit Red Wings @ San Jose Sharks: Over 5.5 +106 (2.06) BetPhoenix, +105 (2.05) 5Dimes
NHL 2010.05.02 finished 1-3 and -1.94 units lost/4 units risked.
NHL 2009-2010 season record: 183-240-6, -10.35 units lost (423 units risked)
NHL since 2009.11.23: 151-178-6, +8.25 units won (329 units risked)
NHL PLAYOFFS (18-23-2, -3.84u) 2010.05.03 results recap:
Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins: Under 5 +110 (2.10) Bookmaker (3-2: PUSH/VOID)
Vancouver Canucks @ Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago Blackhawks -0.5 +102 (2.02) 5Dimes
, Chicago 3Way (1X2) +100 (2.00) Goalwin (4-2: WIN)
NHL 2010.05.03 finished 1-0-1 and +1.02 units won/1 unit risked.
NHL 2009-2010 season record: 184-240-7, -9.33 units lost (424 units risked)
NHL since 2009.11.23: 152-178-6, +9.27 units won (330 units risked)