NHL Picks & Pucklines Tonight: Elimination Situations
Flyers, Wild & Avalanche Face Playoff Extinction
A trio of underdogs face an early exit from the 2018 NHL playoffs on Friday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators have excelled in the first round as favorites to win a Stanley Cup championship. Top scorers from these clubs, including Sidney Crosby, Mark Scheifele and Filip Forsberg, have lead their teams to a 3-1 series lead with strong offensive performances.
The Flyers will attempt to drag the series back to Philly for a sixth game, with Sean Couturier a game-time decision. Minnesota’s injuries and bad luck have lead them to the precipice of elimination, with a win in Winnipeg the only survival option. Colorado must overcome yet another goaltender injury, forcing the Avs to win game five with their third-string netminder.
These scenarios favor the favorites, who want to earn extra rest by leveraging home advantage into a quick, five-game series win. The moneylines for all three matchups will be expensive, making the puckline an attractive alternative on elimination night.
NHL Straight Up Picks & Puckline Predictions
- Philadelphia at Pittsburgh: Bet Penguins Puckline (-105)
- Minnesota at Winnipeg: Bet Jets Puckline (+120)
- Colorado at Nashville: Bet Predators Puckline (-130)
NHL Playoffs - Best Picks & Pucklines
Flyers at Penguins – Bet Pittsburgh Puckline (-105)
Keep your eyes peeled for Sean Couturier, who will be a game-time decision for the Flyers tonight. Philly will be more competitive with Sean in the lineup, Regardless, the Penguins will likely punch their ticket to the second round. The moneyline for this matchup hovers at an expensive -295 for a Penguins straight up win, which makes the puckline far more profitable. If Couturier doesn’t play, this puckline becomes more expensive, so consider locking in your bet.
Wild at Jets – Bet Winnipeg Puckline (+120)
Suspending Josh Morrisey for his vicious cross check to the neck of Eric Staal won’t help the Wild win game five. Calling a penalty on the play might have given Minnesota enough momentum to even the series, but the Winnipeg Jets blueline won’t collapse without Morrisey in game five, especially with Tyler Myers returning to the lineup. The Wild won’t go down without a fight, but injuries and misfortune have ripped through this club over the past couple of weeks.
Winnipeg’s the best home team in hockey, so wager on a Jets puckline win to clinch the series.
Avalanche at Predators – Bet Nashville Puckline (-130)
After goalie Jonathan Bernier went down with a nagging lower body ailment, Colorado will start Andrew Hammond in game five at Nashville. The Avalanche were already behind the eight ball. Losing Bernier all but depletes any hope of a win – never mind a series comeback. Most teams which lose their top two goaltenders tend to have difficulty winning, other than Vegas. Colorado’s resurgent regular season and Nathan MacKinnon’s Hart-worthy performance were great stories, but the Avalanche’s season will end tonight. Maximize value by betting on a Predators puckline win.
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