UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
Montreal Canadiens vs. NY Rangers 2017 NHL Playoff Betting Picks
Montreal vs NY Rangers Betting Odds
Montreal fans will never forget the 2014 conference finals when Chris Kreider bowled over Carey Price in game 1 and took him out for the rest of the series. The Canadiens lost to the Rangers in six games. Before the injury, the "Habs" swept the Tampa Bay Lightning and defeated their archnemeses, the Boston Bruins. They seemed destined to end the curse until reality set in.
Reinvigorated, the Habs will seek vengeance against NY, who are also looking to win it all for the seemingly declining Henrik Lundqvist who recorded his worst statistical season since 2008-09. For the better part of the last decade, the Canadiens have been Canada's most consistently successful franchise having only missed the playoffs twice and making two trips to the conference finals.
The Habs have the most talented goaltender in Carey Price, who struggled sometime this season but has recaptured his elite form under new coach Claude Julien. Much-scrutinized defenseman Shea Weber played like a workhorse per usual while Alexander Radulov paid dividends by finishing as the team's second-leading scorer. If the Habs have a weakness, it's down the middle.
The Habs don't have high-caliber centers on paper while the Rangers have a deep forward core in all positions. The Rangers epitomize a "sum better than its parts"; despite the lack of a bonafide superstar, the Rangers finished fourth in scoring. They have four players with at least 20 goals and seven players with 40 or more points, second-most in the league. Rick Nash has been banged up for most of the season but if it's anyone to break a big play, it would be him and now's the time for heroics. And of course, King Henrik is still solid between the pipes.
Watch Montreal vs New York NHL Playoff Series
- Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. – New York 2 Montreal 0
- Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. – New York 3 Montreal 4 (OT)
- Sunday, April 16 at 7 p.m. – Montreal 3 New York 1
- Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. – Montreal 1 New York 2
- Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. – New York 3 Montreal 2 (OT)
- Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. – Montreal at New York (CBC)
- *Monday, April 24 at TBD – New York at Montreal (TBD)
Montreal vs New York Game 6 Prediction
The Habs swept the Rangers 3-0 in the regular season outscoring them 12-7. The Habs fired shots right past Lundqvist who only recorded 4.04 GAA with a .871 save percentage. The future Hall of Famer will have to play better as he was the difference in their last two meetings.
The Rangers have the advantage in terms of overall depth being able to put together various line combinations with both scoring and grit but the Habs have the more talented top-six forwards and top-four defensemen, at least on paper.Montreal Canadiens (-115)
The Habs surrendered a 2-1 lead late in the second and watched Mika Zibanejad bury the game winner to give the Rangers the series lead. New York was 0 for 14 on the power play and had 26 giveaways in the game but still won thanks to Zibanejad's heroic efforts. Lundqvist remained indomitable in net with a .944 save percent.
Montreal will play desperate in New York as they try to convert on more scoring opportunities while not getting outmuscled. Radulov will return to form as they need him and others to step up the way Zibanejad did for the Rangers.
NHL Playoff Picks Tonight
There were two overtime thrillers last Thursday as both the Habs and Oilers (+120) went into overtime although with different results. While the Habs lost, the Oilers capped off another thrilling comeback to win 3-2 and take back the series lead. The NHL playoffs' first round is nearing its climax with the Habs starting at 8:00 PM ET and the Oilers at 10:30 PM ET.
Betting for all teams is found at Sports Interaction, which offers a $200 sign-up bonus for newcomers. With five Canadian teams in the hunt for Lord Stanley's holy grail, this might just be Canada's year.
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