Last night with the Avs high scoring 8-6 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, I went 2-0 to win 3 units. Tonight the Eastern Conference Finals begin with the Rangers taking on the Lightning.
Game 1: Rangers vs. Lightning (8:00)
Earlier today, I broke down in my series preview that I think the Lightning have the edge in this series and win it. The Bolts have plenty of experience playing in the playoffs and I think Vasilevskiy proves that he’s still the best playoff goalie in the NHL as the Lightning end up knocking off Shesterkin and the Rangers in five or six games to go onto their third straight Stanley Cup Finals. I also don’t particularly think that not having home ice ends up mattering for them in this series. This was a great run for the Rangers and New York’s fans should be thrilled with where this team ended up ahead of schedule this season. I’ll go with 2.5 units on the Lightning to win the series. To start off this series tonight with Game 1 in MSG, I think the Lightning get the win on the road to take back home ice right away. I’ll go with 1.5 units on the Bolts ML. Along with that, I expect the games in this series to trend under with solid goaltending battles between Shesterkin and Vasilevskiy and I’ll go with a unit on the under.
1.5u Lightning ML (-134)
1u Lighting/Rangers under 5.5 (-129)
Open Series Bets
2u Avalanche in six games or less (-132)
2.5u Lightning (-182)
Record: 901-693-38 (+5.96 units)
Regular Season: 809-605-32 (+19.61 units)
Playoffs: 92-88-6 (-13.65 units)