NHL Pick & Bet Today: The latest Rangers streaks in the Penguins, Avalanche at Predators and more

In Saturday’s games, the host team won three games to take the lead 2-1 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Washington, Pittsburgh and Dallas took the lead while Colorado is a game far from sweeping.

There were also a lot of goals. The Penguins and Avalanche each scored seven goals in victories while the Capitals scored six in a landslide victory over Florida. Even the Dallas-Calgary game saw six goals, which is a blast compared to the first two games of that series.

Monday’s Stanley Cup playoff schedule:

  • Fourth game: Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals – 7 p.m. ET – TBS, SN1
  • Fourth game: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – 7 p.m. ET – ESPN, CBC, SN
  • Fourth game: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators – 9:30 p.m. ET – ESPN, SN1
  • Fourth game: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars – 9:30 p.m. ET – TBS, CBC, SN

Each day during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Athletic writers will pick their picks straight up. We put our selection, TV broadcast schedule, coverage of all series, as well as the latest possibilities, all in one place so that fans can easily understand and follow. Our in-depth NHL coverage is linked below the selections. For live NHL odds from BetMGM, click here.

Panthers in the capitals

a team money line Total
-175

O 6.5 (-135)

+145

U 6.5 (+110)

Game 3: Capitals 6, Panthers 1 | Washington leads 2-1

What was the key?: According to Sportlogiq, the Panthers were a top-five team to generate attacking from the hole in their prime season regular season in five against five. With the first two games of this series, the Capitals worked to limit this, as only eight slot attempts were allowed against the goal, four of which went to goal, and two of them ended in the back of the net. This ability to transform shows, even on few chances, why this has been a priority for Washington. In Game 3, after generating a lunge chance – one that ended in the back of the net, thanks to Jonathan Huberdeau, to open the scoring – the Panthers mustered just one more attempt in the transition period for the rest of the game.

Basic stats: zero. The Panthers haven’t scored any goals in power play since moving away from the five-man top spot that excelled late in the season. It’s not Aaron Ekblad’s fault, and it is understandable that we would like him back to the position he was in before the injury. But why fix what is not broken? Why wait so long to replay this match after the team is clearly suffering?

Panthers worry meter: 🥴🥴🥴🥴…maybe there was a point about how their style of play will continue into the post-season. And coaching modifications are not inspiring Which Confidence.

Meter Concern Capitals: 🙃🙃The picture still isn’t pretty for the big players below the surface, so we still have some doubts.

– Shayna Goldman

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Rangers in penguins

a team money line Total

-120

O 6 (-110)

+100

U 6 (-110)

Game 3: Penguins 7, Rangers 4 | Pittsburgh leads 2-1

What was the key?: The first period of Evan Rodriguez. The penguin striker, after some Alexei Kovalev’s mid-winter costume, has fallen to average with power (32 points before all-stars; 11 points after all-stars). In Game 3, he brought it back to November, scoring two goals and nearly taking the credit for a third that went to Jeff Carter. It all added to the 4-1 lead the Penguins couldn’t outsmart… which they could have had, had Rodriguez’s pass back by checking the heat from a two-inch late penalty to the side. but whatever.

Basic stats: After two runs with Rangers holding all the stats you could possibly imagine at five-to-five – and once again, blasting a three-goal lead – Pittsburgh closed out in the third inning, dominating for expected goals (72 percent), shot attempts (22-9) and chances. Scoring (14-4) and high-risk chances (6-2).

Penguin anxiety counter: 🙃🙃 …they’re going to need Tristan my neighbor at some point, and they’re about to buy enough time.

Rangers concern meter: 😬😬😬 … Igor Shesterkin is the trump card, but 2-1 deficit speaks for itself.

– Shawn Kind

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Avalanche in the Predators

a team money line Total

-250

O 6.5 (-110)

+200

U 6.5 (-110)

Game 3: Avalanche 7, Predators 3 | Colorado leads 3-0

Who was the man? All the usual Colorado suspects were excellent in this game, but Gabriel Landskog got the nod to score the green goal twice, barely three minutes apart, during a grueling second half back and forth. Landeskog added assists in his first four-point game of the post-season.

What was the key? The difference between Colorado and Nashville, in Our Predator Outperformed by Adam Fingan, “Chaos”. The difference between the two teams when Colorado was in the title role was literally cosmic. Comedy, even. Or maybe tragic, depending on which side you’re on. Record the avalanche in the first four power runs of the night, and here’s how long they took to do it each time: 79sec, 22sec, 34sec, 39sec. According to SportLogiq, Avalanche spent 73.8 percent of its force-playing time in the attack zone. That’s a lot! It is also very close to its regular season average (74.7%). It’s also well below the 82 percent they scored in games 1 and 2. Nashville has to stop serving penalties, that’s what we’re saying here.

Basic stats: Nashville had a pair of its own strength goals, making it six PPGs combined in 40 minutes. It’s been 10 years since two teams have come together for more, as the Penguins and the Flyers were combined for seven in Game 4 of the 2012 playoffs, a game Pittsburgh won 10-3.

– Mark Lazeros

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Flames in the stars

a team money line Total

-155

O 5.5 (+105)

+125

U 5.5 (-125)

Game 3: Stars 4, Flames 2 | Dallas leads 2-1

Who was the man?: It is the inverse of Pens-Rangers; The best player in the game was also our man. What a night for Joe Pavlesky – his first goal was tied 2-2, his second goal was the winner. In a series where the stars, by design, have stifled offensive life outside of Calgary, Pavlesky now has as many goals (three) as Flames’ entire roster. Pavlesky will turn 38 in July and just earned 81 points. Dallas signed him for a $5.5 million extension until next season. That’s really money well spent.

What was the key?: The way Dallas responded to Elias Lindholm’s goal green lighted the Flames early in the second half. Then, they kept fives and fives and, as usual, got enough of the Pavelski-Roope Hintz-Jason Robertson streak to advance even to third.

Stars worry meter: 🤠 … what to worry about? They were so underdogs, they did exactly what they came for, and the series is here to grab it.

Flame Anxiety Gauge: 😬😬😬 …that was a regression from losing Game 2. It’s not a full panic time, but it is… three quarters of a panic time, let’s say.

– Shawn Kind

writer straight pick
Luszczyszyn . house

Shawn Kind

Shawn Mackendo

Kevin Kurtz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


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