New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes Game 4 (CAR Leads 3-0)
Money Line: New York+118/Carolina-138
Puck Line: New York-245/Carolina+203
The Carolina Hurricanes have taken absolute control of this series with yet another win on Wednesday to push the series to 3-0. Looking to finish off the Islanders at home, Carolina is looking to get the sweep today to get some much needed extra time off before the Eastern Conference Finals to get their team back to full health. However, before they start counting their chickens they still need to finish off a tough Islanders team with one more win. After a low scoring first two games of the series, we were surprised with a seven-goal Game 3 that saw Carolina get five of their own. Tied 2-2 after the second intermission, the Hurricanes scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the third period to get the victory. I think the Hurricanes end the series tonight on their home ice. New York won’t just lay down and die, they’ll make it tough on Carolina, but I think they ride the home crowd and their momentum to a close Game 4 victory.
New York 2 – Carolina 3
Dallas Stars vs St. Louis Blues Game 5 (Tied 2-2)
Money Line: Dallas+130/St. Louis-150
Puck Line: Dallas-225/St. Louis+188
Dallas evened up the series at two games apiece with a 4-2 victory in Game 3. Emotions ran high last game and I expect that to carry over into Game 5. Even goalies Ben Bishop and Jordan Binnington got into a physical altercation in Game 4. This should be a physical game and defense should be the deciding factor in this one. Now back on their home ice, I expect the Blues to be the better team in this one and get the win to take a 3-2 lead before heading back to Dallas for Game 6. The Blues are a legit threat to win the Stanley Cup this season and I think the added emotion of Game 4 causes Binnington to have one of his best games in net, and the Blues score just enough to get the win before adding on an empty netter to seal the victory.
Dallas 1 – St. Louis 3