Stanley Cup Playoffs: Hurricanes and Capitals Meet in Game 7

After two thrilling Game 7 NHL matchups Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals will square off for a third Wednesday. Carolina Hurricanes (+125) at Washington Capitals (-150), 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN This first-round series has followed a specific pattern. The home team has won every game. How can the Hurricanes break the home-ice advantage pattern? Carolina appears to be most effective when they're the aggressor. The Hurricanes will want to try and overwhelm Washington goalie Braden Holtby with shots the [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tuesday NHL Preview

A couple Game 7s are on the docket Tuesday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs battle the Boston Bruins and the Vegas Golden Knights take on the San Jose Sharks. Toronto Maple Leafs (+120) at Boston Bruins (-140), 4 p.m., NBCSN When the season started, the Maple Leafs weren't known as a defense-first team, and they didn't change anyone's mind during the season. They finishing 20th in goals allowed (3.04), 28th in shots allowed (33.4), and tied for 16th in penalty-kill [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Monday NHL Preview

In a pair of Game 6 matchups Monday, the defending champion Washington Capitals battle the Carolina Hurricanes on the road, while the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators. Washington Capitals (+105) at Carolina Hurricanes (-120), 7 p.m. ET After jumping out to a 2-0 series lead, it appeared Washington was headed for a sweep, but now the Caps are in a tough fight. The Hurricanes bounced back with 5-0 and 2-1 victories, but Washington ripped away momentum with a 6-0 [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Friday Night NHL Preview

The Maple Leafs hope to shake the Drake curse in Boston, while the Bruins try to tighten up their performance and will look to take the lead over Toronto. Calgary's top players are nowhere to be found, as the Avalanche starts to melt the Flames' hope of winning the series. I wish Toronto fans would be more accountable for their team. The Canadian internet lit up, playing the Drake blame game, after the Maple Leafs’ 6-4 loss to the Bruins [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Thursday NHL Matchups

The Stanley Cup Playoffs provide three crucial matchups Thursday night. Defending champion Washington will try to regroup after a loss to Carolina in Game 3, the St. Louis Blues take on the Jets in Winnipeg and the San Jose Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights. (2) Washington Capitals +105 at (7) Carolina Hurricanes -125 (7 p.m. ET) After a 4-2 Game 1 win and a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 2, the Capitals appeared destined to make quick work of [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Wednesday Night NHL Preview

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue Wednesday, as Boston battles Toronto, Nashville takes on Dallas, and the Flames hit enemy ice against the Avalanche. (3) Boston Bruins +105 at (5) Toronto Maple Leafs -125 (7 p.m. ET) In what is shaping up as the most competitive first-round series, the Bruins could either tie it up 2-2 in Game 4, or Toronto could take a commanding 3-1 lead. The Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 3. Toronto can pretty much [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tuesday Night NHL Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the cusp of a surprise sweep, as the wild-card team takes on preseason Stanley Cup favorite Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Blue Jackets edged Tampa Bay 4-3 in the first game of the series before decimating the Lightning 5-1 in Game 2. Now, in their second home game of the series, the Blue Jackets hope to notch one final victory to secure their first playoff series win in franchise history. [...]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Monday NHL Matchups

The Stanley Cup playoffs roll along with four fantastic matchups Monday. Boston resumes its first-round series with Toronto, while Nashville and Dallas throw down in Big D, and the Calgary-Colorado and Washington-Carolina series continue. Check out the odds, analysis, and free picks for Monday night’s NHL games. (3) Boston Bruins +100 at (5) Toronto Maple Leafs -115 (7 p.m. ET) The first couple games in this series were opposites of each other. In Game 1, Toronto dominated Boston 4-1. The [...]

NHL Playoff Weekend Match-Up Picks & Brief Analysis

Find Quick Analysis on Key Match-ups for the NHL Playoffs Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, TD Garden Arena, Sunday 8pm EST The Toronto Maple Leafs did two things in their Thursday night game against the Bruins that they have not done in near decades: They won the first game in their playoff series and they scored on a penalty shot. The Leafs have not won the first game since way back in 2004, and the last time they scored [...]