NHL picks betting today: Final lines for Rangers at Penguins, Avalanche at Predators and more

NHL picks betting today: Final lines for Rangers at Penguins, Avalanche at Predators and more

In Saturday’s games, home teams won three games to take a 2-1 lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Washington, Pittsburgh and Dallas took the lead in the series while Colorado is one game away from a sweep.

There were also a lot of goals. The Penguins and Avalanche each scored seven goals in wins and the Capitals scored six in a blowout win over Florida. Even the Dallas-Calgary game saw six goals, which is a blast from the first two games in this series.

Schedule for Monday’s Stanley Cup playoffs:

Every day during the Stanley Cup playoffs, The Athletic writers will make their picks, straight. We put our picks, TV schedule and coverage for all series, plus the latest ratings, all in one place for fans to easily digest and follow. Our in-depth NHL coverage is linked under the picks. For live NHL odds from BetMGM, click here.

Panthers in capitals

Team Moneyline 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? : The Panthers were one of the top five teams to generate offense from the regular-season rush slot at five-on-five, according to Sportlogiq. In the first two games of this series, the Capitals worked to limit this, allowing only eight lunge attempts against, four of which went on goal, two of which ended in the back of the net. That ability to convert, even with little odds, shows why it’s been such a priority for Washington. In Game 3, after generating a rushing chance for – one that ended up in the back of the net, thanks to Jonathan Huberdeau, to open the scoring – the Panthers managed just one shot attempt from more in transition the rest of the game.

Key stat: Zero. The Panthers haven’t scored a power-play goal since moving away from the top-five forward unit that excelled late in the season. It’s not Aaron Ekblad’s fault, and it’s understandable to want him back to the position he held before his injury. But why fix what isn’t broken? And why wait so long to bring him back to this game when the team is clearly in trouble?

Panthers Worry Meter: 🥴🥴🥴🥴… Maybe there was a point about how their style of play would hold up in the playoffs. And the coaching tweaks aren’t inspiring any trust.

Capital Worry Meter: 🙃🙃It’s still not a good picture for their best players below the surface, so we still have our doubts.

– Shayna Goldman

Writer Direct choice

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Rangers at the penguins

Team Moneyline Total

-120

O 6 (-110)

+100

U 6 (-110)

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

What was the key? : Evan Rodrigues’ first period. The Penguins forward, after a mid-winter cosplay of Alexei Kovalev, regressed to par with authority (32 points before All Star; 11 points after All Star). In Game 3, he sent it back to November, scoring twice and almost getting credit for a third which went to Jeff Carter. It all added up to a 4-1 lead that the Penguins couldn’t quite blow away… which they could have done if Rodrigues’ back pass on a delayed penalty had been two inches wide. . But whatever.

Key stat: After two periods in which Rangers took almost every stat imaginable to five-on-five — and, again, with a three-goal lead — Pittsburgh locked in the third period, controlling expected goals (72 percent). shot attempts (22-9), goal chances (14-4) and high-risk chances (6-2).

Penguin Worry Meter: 🙃🙃 … They’re going to need Tristan Jarry at some point, and they’re about to buy enough time.

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

— Sean Kind

Writer Direct choice

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Avalanche among predators

Team Moneyline Total

-250

O 6.5 (-110)

+200

U 6.5 (-110)

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

Who was the guy? All of Colorado’s usual suspects were excellent in this one, but Gabriel Landeskog gets the nod for scoring the go-ahead goal twice, just three minutes apart, in a crazy second period and back and forth. Landeskog added two assists for his first four-point playoff game.

What was the key? The difference between Colorado and Nashville is, in our predators beat lyrics by writer Adam Vingan, “chasmic”. The difference between the two teams when Colorado is on the power play was downright cosmic. Comical, even. Or maybe tragicomic, depending on which side you were on. The Avalanche scored on their first four power plays of the night, and here’s how long it took them to do it each time: 79 seconds, 22 seconds, 34 seconds, 39 seconds. According to SportLogiq, the Avalanche spent 73.8% of their time on the power play in the offensive zone. It’s a lot! It’s also pretty close to their regular-season average (74.7%). And that’s also well below the 82% they recorded in Games 1 and 2. Nashville should stop taking penalties, that’s what we’re saying here.

Key stat: Nashville scored two power-play goals, making it six combined PPGs in 40 minutes. It’s been 10 years since two teams combined for more than that, as the Penguins and Flyers combined for seven in Game 4 of the 2012 playoffs, a game Pittsburgh won 10-3.

—Marc Lazerus

Writer Direct choice

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


star flames

Team Moneyline Total

-155

O 5.5 (+105)

+125

U 5.5 (-125)

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

Who was the guy? : It is the reverse of the Pens-Rangers; the best player in the game was also our guy. What a night for Joe Pavelski – his first goal tied the game 2-2, and his second was the winner. In a series where the Stars purposely snuffed out Calgary’s offensive life, Pavelski now has as many goals (three) as the entire Flames roster. Pavelski turns 38 in July and is coming off a career-high 81 points. Dallas signed him to a $5.5 million extension through next season. It’s already money well spent.

What was the key? : How Dallas reacted to Elias Lindholm’s game-winning goal for the Flames early in the second period. After that, they locked in a five-on-five and, as usual, got enough of the Pavelski-Roope Hintz-Jason Robertson line to even head for third.

Star Worry Meter: 🤠 …what to worry about? They were heavy underdogs, they did exactly what they came to do, and the show is here for the taking.

Flame Worry Meter: 😬😬😬 … It was a regression from their loss in Game 2. It’s not a full-fledged panic period, but it’s… a three-quarter panic period, let’s say.

— Sean Kind

Writer Direct choice

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Picks records (until Sunday evening)

Writer Record

Jesse Granger

17-11

Luszczyszyn House

16-12

Sean McIndoe

16-12

Kevin Kurz

15-13

Shayna Goldman

15-13

Sean Kind

12-16

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(Photo by Evan Rodrigues: Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

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