It's a bitter sweet feeling as we are down to our last three regular season betting guides here at the House before the best time of the year starts - the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert, in fact, I'm the exact opposite. These are just my personal takes and my personal bets going into tonight's contests. Odds mentioned in this article are subject to change prior to puck drop.
Let's take a look at our record from last week:
Game 1: New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers
A primetime battle between two bitter division rivals is always a fun watch no matter what sport you're watching. While these two teams couldn't have had a more polar opposite season from each other -- the Flyers being awful and the Rangers showing some great promise -- Philly did get the better of the Blueshirts last time out, as they won 4-3 in a shootout on April 3rd.
Make sure you keep in mind that this will be the second of a back-to-back for New York, after losing 4-2 at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes last night. Expect backup goaltender, Alexandar Georgiev, to be in net for the Rangers.
New York clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, April 9th in a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, and then on Tuesday, Chris Kreider made history by scoring his 50th goal of the season, becoming the fourth player in Rangers franchise history to join the 50-Goal Club. Kreider is also tied for second in the NHL in goals scored with Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl.
Artemi Panarin O 1.5 points
Game 2: Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche are... the Colorado Avalanche. I've written about them and sang their praises so many times this season, so for those of you who are living under a rock and do not know, I'll give you the shortened version:
The Avalanche are the best team in the NHL this year, they are heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup and have remained that way from the day the season opened up back in October, so they hype around the team is very real. They are home to three of the greatest players in the world in Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, and Mikko Rantanen. And last but not least, I'd put my money on them 10 times out of 10 because it would be foolish not to.
I know, it sounds like I already have the Los Angeles Kings dead and buried this early in the morning, but that's because they are. The Kings are on their second night of a back-to-back, after they beat the Chicago Blackhawks last night, 5-2. Sorry, Kings' fans, I don't mean to sound harsh, but I have a hard time picturing ANY team in the league on short rest beating a well rested, raring to go Colorado Avalanche team.
COL O 3.5 goals scored