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  • This time it looks different.That is what many have said about the Washington Capitals in this highly successful playoff season in which they are now just one win away from hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. In any other playoff season the Capitals would wilt like flowers under intense heat. This time they have thrived on adversity. They have shown a character and courage never displayed by them before. Captain Alex Ovechkin may silence even his most vociferous critics once and for all with a final victory. But the upstart Vegas Golden Knights will be fighting for their lives at home in front of their delirious fans that have fallen hard for them. The last thing Vegas wants as an ending to this highly successful first season is to have their fans see the Cup presented to the opposition at T-Mobile Arena. Yet that is a distinct possibility for Thursday night in game five.   More

  • After dropping game one the Washington Capitals have roared back with a pair of impressive wins to now lead the best of Seven Stanley Cup Final two games to one. Game three on Saturday night had to be demoralizing for the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington controlled and carried the play and looked like the superior team. Now Vegas must regroup and again prove the experts wrong, as they have done all year. But the question is now wide open about the Golden Knights ability to hang with the Caps. If Washington wins on Monday night they will be just one win away from the glory of hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup!   More

  • Washington goaltender Braden Holtby went down in history with one of the greatest saves in NHL history to preserve a 3-2 win in game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night. Will his brilliant spectacular save change the series? Is it the ultimate turning point? Or will the Vegas Golden Knights shake it off like they have everything else. The Stanley Cup Final now shifts to Washington for games three and four. The Capitals now have momentum on their side. And a sellout crowd will be “Rocking the Red” at the Capital One Arena.   More

  • Alex Ovechkin has had to wait his entire career for this moment. A shot at the Stanley Cup. In his career Ovechkin has led Washington to its greatest era of glory. In fact, he completely transformed the franchise itself. But perpetual playoff failures have been the cloud over the franchise. Those failures to close helped cost general manager George McPhee his job in 2014. Ironically enough McPhee eventually landed in Vegas as general manager of the Golden Knights. Ovechkin and the Capitals were outgunned in game one. They will now attempt to even the series before it heads back to Washington for games three and four.   More

  • The Vegas Golden Knights are one of the greatest stories in the history of sports. Less than one year ago they didn’t even have a roster. Now they have a team that won the Western Conference championship. And nobody is calling it a fluke. For the Washington Capitals their Eastern Conference championship exercised the post season demons of their failed past. Always a great regular season team the Caps would fold like a house of cards in the playoffs. But not this year. In one of the most intriguing Stanley Cup Final series in memory the Golden Knights and Caps open up with game one tonight!   More

  • Friday, May 25th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Final Odds Capitals vs Golden Knights Series

    By Anonymous It has been a long time coming for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. When Ovechkin arrived as a rookie for the 2005-06 season he joined a team playing in a half empty building that was totally demoralized. The NHL was coming off a lockout season. Both the Caps and the league had reached rock bottom. But in short order “The Great Eight” led a resurgence that filled the building with all of the fans “rocking the red.” Yet through many highly successful regular seasons the playoffs were always a disaster. The Caps would always fall short. And Ovechkin bore the brunt of the blame. But no more. The Caps are in the Stanley Cup Final to face a remarkable first year expansion team. The Vegas Golden Knights are quite a story in their own right!   More

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning posted the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference. Their reward for that great 54-23-3-2 mark was home ice advantage for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Which is interesting in itself as home ice has not been much of an advantage so far in the NHL post season. But Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said it best. Cooper claims home ice only matters in game seven. Well game seven has arrived in the Eastern Conference Final. Tampa Bay is the host. The winner moves on to the Stanley Cup Final. The loser makes a painful and regretful retreat to the golf links.   More

  • The Winnipeg Jets have proven to be one of the most resilient teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their last series against the Nashville Predators they had the chance to clinch on their home ice in game six. But in that game the Jets fell flat and lost 4-0. That forced them to travel down to Nashville for a seventh and deciding game against the defending Western Conference champions. Winnipeg prevailed for the biggest and most important win in team history. Now that resiliency will be needed yet again. After a dominant 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights to open the Western Conference Final they lost the next two games.   More

  • Thursday, May 17th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Playoff Odds - Lightning vs Capitals Game 4 Picks

    By Anonymous It was do or die for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their game three Eastern Conference Final matchup at Washington against the Capitals. Despite being top seed and holding home ice in the firs two games the Lighting were down two games to none. Washington’s Capital One Arena was electric with anticipation. Finally, the Capitals were done choking and were ready to make the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. But then reality hit. Tampa Bay showed the character and ability that made them the best team in the Eastern Conference for the regular season. And now the Lighting can even the series at two games each with a win in game four on Thursday night.   More

  • A collection of castoffs and misfits that were discarded like garbage has come together for one of the greatest success stories in the history of major league sports. Starting with general manager George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant, including star players such as Marc Andre Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Alex Tuch and more, the Vegas Golden Knights were all kicked to the curb by other teams to end up together as Pacific Division champions. Now they face their biggest test yet in facing the deep and well-balanced Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Final.   More

  • The Vegas Golden Knights have had six days off to rest, relax, and keep toned up for their Western Conference Final series against the Winnipeg Jets. Vegas dispatched of the San Jose Sharks in six games and has been off since clinching on Sunday night. The Winnipeg Jets could not be in a more opposite position as they are coming off a Thursday night 5-1 game seven win at Nashville against the Predators. Unlike the Golden Knights the Jets must quickly recover from that pressure cooker and all of the extra travel that came with that series. Winnipeg hosts Vegas on game one Saturday night.   More

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Playoff Odds - Eastern Conference Final Picks

    By Anonymous How sweet it is! That is the emotion prevailing for the Washington Capitals and their long-suffering fans. Each spring the Caps enter the post season with high hopes and expectations only to suffer letdowns and blown opportunities. But not this time. For the first time in eight playoff series the Capitals exercised their ultimate demon and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins four games to two. Most impressive was that they clinched the series with a 2-1 overtime win at Pittsburgh for poetic justice. Yet the Caps have no time to celebrate. Next is a date in the Eastern Conference Final against the top seed Tampa Bay Lightning.   More

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Odds Jets vs Predators Game 7 Picks

    By Anonymous It was all laid out for the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. Home ice and a party atmosphere greeted them for their game six matchup against the Nashville Predators. Fresh off a dominant 6-2 win at Music City in game five on Saturday the Jets were set to clinch the series in front of their loud and boisterous home fans. Instead the Preds suffocated the life out of Winnipeg and the sellout crowd with a clutch 4-0 game six win. Now the series heads back to Nashville for the seventh, final and deciding game. The winner will move on to meet Vegas in the Western Conference Final. The loser heads to the links in bitter disappointment.   More

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018

    NHL Playoff Odds Bruins vs Lightning Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous Just three years ago the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Eastern Conference before running out of gas in the Stanley Cup Final with a four games to two loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The following year the Lightning were upset by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins four games to three in the Eastern Conference Final. But then incredibly enough last year the Bolts failed to make the playoffs. It was thought to be a potential blessing in disguise. The Lightning would be well rested, so went the theory, for this year’s playoffs. The wear and tear of the previous two deep playoff runs would no longer take their toll. And so far, they do appear fresh for another Stanley Cup run. Tampa Bay hosts Boston in game five of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.   More

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Odds Jets vs Predators Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous Incredibly enough last year the Nashville Predators made the Stanley Cup Final as Western Conference champions despite being the eighth and final seed in the West. This year they face the opposite potential irony. Having won the President’s Trophy as the best regular season team in the NHL the Predators are in peril of not getting out of the second round alive. Most costly was a game three 7-4 loss at Winnipeg in which the Preds blew a 3-0 lead. Nashville has been plagued by the inconsistent goaltending of Pekka Rinne. Just as important has been the strong play of the Winnipeg Jets.   More

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018

    NHL Odds Penguins vs Capitals Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous The Pittsburgh Penguins were written off for dead two years ago when Mike Sullivan took over as head coach. Sullivan inherited a team that was considered past its prime and lacking the depth for a serious Stanley Cup playoff run. The Pens were floundering and without identity and Sidney Crosby was being suffocated. Sullivan quickly unleashed the team with more freedom and discovered that the Penguins still had Stanley Cup championship capability. Pittsburgh went on to win the Stanley Cup in both 2016 and 2017. Not only did Sullivan jump start their offensive talents but he gave them the confidence to win with then backup goaltender Matt Murray. Pittsburgh will face the Capitals at Washington on Saturday night.   More

  • Friday, April 27th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Playoff odds Bruins vs Lightning Game One Picks

    By Anonymous The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins have been on a collision course all season as Beast of the East. On the last night of the regular season all the Bruins needed was a win on home ice over the Florida Panthers to clinch top seed in the Eastern Conference. But Boston blew the game which meant that top seed in the East fell into the lap of the Lightning. Now the teams will meet in the best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal series to settle the score once and for all. The winner will move on to the Eastern Conference Final to meet the winner of the series between the Washington Capitals and two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.   More

  • Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

    NHL Playoff Odds Maple Leafs vs Bruins Picks Game 7

    By Anonymous Few events in sports can match a game seven of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and that is the treat for all on Wednesday night as the Boston Bruins will host the Toronto Maple Leafs. The winner will move on to the Eastern Conference semi finals while the loser will hit the golf links. Boston held a commanding three games to one lead in this best of seven series but is in peril of blowing the entire thing. Boston was a dominant team in the Eastern Conference all season but lost their final home game to a Florida Panthers team that was out of the playoffs. Had they won that game they would have avoided the up and coming Leafs. One has to wonder if a similar bad ending is in store here.   More

  • Friday, April 20th, 2018

    NHL Betting Odds Maple Leafs vs Bruins Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous Its win or hit the links for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They trail the Boston Bruins 3-1 in their best of seven Eastern Conference opening round playoff series and have been rendered helpless in most of it. Game four at Toronto was a devastating blow for the Leafs as they were manhandled in a 3-1 loss thus ending their shot at sending this series back to Boston tied and even. The Bruins have been too much for the Maple Leafs on both ends of the ice and particularly between the pipes. And as sacrilegious as it may sound to some, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been schooling the revered Toronto coach Mike Babcock. Boston can close out the series on Saturday night on home ice.   More

  • Friday, April 20th, 2018

    NHL Playoff Odds Blue Jackets vs Capitals Picks

    By Anonymous Playoff failure and the Washington Capitals go hand in hand. Each spring the Caps finish the regular season as one of the top NHL teams with a high seed and atop the wagering board as a favorite to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. Like the politicians that plague their hometown the Capitals are always full of promise. And just like those politicians they end up letting their supporters down with failure. Cherry blossoms and playoff losses are the norm in Washington. But even the toughest hockey handicappers acknowledge that eventually the worm could possibly turn.   More

  • Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    NHL Playoff Odds Ducks vs Sharks Game 4 Picks

    By Anonymous Nothing spells Stanley Cup Playoff disaster better than dropping your first two games of a series at home but that is what has happened to the Anaheim Ducks. The San Jose Sharks suffocated Anaheim in a 3-0 win for game one with a dominant performance in which they outshout the Ducks 34-25. Anaheim showed up unprepared and paid the price. In game two the Ducks bolted out of the gate with a goal in the first 40 seconds but were again worn down and outshout by the Sharks 35-30 in a costly 3-2 loss. Now at the Shark Tank the Ducks are trying not to drown.   More

  • Betcris.comThe NHL is often justifiably criticized for its tone-deaf stubbornness in how it does its business. But when it comes to their handling of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights they totally got it right. The league knew Vegas had to be competitive to get off on the right track in a new market. Vegas went beyond merely competitive to become champions of the Pacific Division. Now the Golden Knights face a veteran Los Angeles Kings team in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both teams have battle tested Stanley Cup champion goaltenders. An instant rivalry appears to be born.  More

  • Betcris.comThe Boston Bruins had a far better than expected season but it ended on a potentially bad note. At home on the final day of the regular season with a shot to clinch top seed and home ice in the Eastern Conference the Bruins blew the opportunity in a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. As a result, Boston now must face a very capable Toronto Maple Leafs team and young superstar phenom Auston Matthews. No playoff series is easy but this one is likely to be far more than the Bruins bargained for.  More

  • Betcris.comThe Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their quest for a third consecutive Stanley Cup championship with what should be a tough first round series against a streaky Philadelphia Flyers team. The star-studded Penguins have an embarrassment of offensive riches but offsetting that has been the play of goaltender Matt Murray. Murray was not himself this season and also had to battle through injuries most of the way. Despite backstopping the past two Stanley Cup championships his play down the stretch has caused concern that he may not be up to task for a third title run.  More

  • Betcris.comThe Philadelphia Flyers can wrap up a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a win in their regular season finale against the New York Rangers. Philadelphia is currently slotted in as the No. 8 seed but does have room to move up with a win and some other favorable results.  More

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