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Tuesday's NHL Playoffs: Rangers v Penguins and Blackhawks v Wild

Posted by Ari Louis on 5/13/2014 10:31:35 AM

Game 5: New York Rangers (+142) at Pittsburgh Penguins (-156)

Brandon Sutter's fifth goal of the playoffs was not enough, as the Rangers won 3-1 on Sunday to force Game 7 tonight. Despite Lundqvist's 36 saves, the hero of the day was Martin St. Louis. St. Louis's scored in the first period on Mother's Day just a few days after his mother passed away. It looked as though this series would not get to a Game 6, as Penguins' goalie Marc-Andrew Fleury was superb through Games 2,3, and 4. In those games, Fleury only allowed two goals combined. In the last two games he has allowed eight goals. Despite the Rangers' two game winning streak, they are a 1.5 goal underdog tonight.

Penguins' star Sidney Crosby only has one goal in this series and the Penguins have been dismal on the power play. Despite being ranked #1 in this category in the regular season, Pittsburgh has been 1-19 with the man-advantage against New York. The Penguins do have the home-ice tonight, but the Rangers have the better goalie at the end of the day. "King Henrik" has stopped 67 of the last 69 shots he has faced and has a 1.35 G.A.A. in elimination games with New York. Fans should not be surprised if the Rangers win tonight and move on to the Eastern Conference finals. The over/under for Game 7 is five total goals. The over is -108, while the under is -102.

Game 4: Chicago Blackhawks (-117) at Minnesota Wild (+106)

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews came up clutch again in Game 5, as he scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period to give Chicago the 2-1 win. In the second period, Bryan Bickell scored for the sixth time this post-season to account for the Blackhawks' other goal. The two goals was just enough for Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Crawford had struggled in Games 3 and 4, as he gave up eight goals. However he was able to settle sown at home and stop 27 of 28 shots. Crawford questioned the Blackhawks' effort after Game 4, but was "proud" of his team on Sunday.

Odds makers may be making a mistake by having the Wild a 1.5 goal (-290) underdog in tonight's game. Minnesota is 5-0 at home during this post-season, including two home wins this series. Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has been dominant in the last three games, only allowing three goals. However, the Wild will need someone to help Erik Haula in the scoring department if they plan on winning tonight. The over/under for total goals scored tonight is five. Twice in this series the total has exceeded five and two times the total has been under five. Game 2 was the exception as the total was five goals scored for both teams. The over is -102 while the under is -108.

* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds.


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