NHL Series Futures Update

The Rangers have out-shot the Flyers 69 to 39 through the first two games and can be forgiven for taking Game 2 a bit lightly after dominating the first game 4-1. Now that the Flyers have tied the series, expect New York to come out more focused and take at least one of the two games played in Philadelphia, which would put them back in control of the series.

In the other series, Montreal will look to complete a sweep of Tampa Bay tonight and the Lightning will once again be forced to go with Anders Lindback in goal. Lindback isn’t the only reason the Lightning are down 3-0, but he hasn’t been able to come up with the big save that could have helped his team win the first or third games. There is no series price available.

The Boston Bruins are -250 at Bookmaker to handle the Detroit Red Wings in what is now a best-of-five series. The take back on Detroit is +210, although those liking the Red Wings may want to look at TopBet, where they can get +225 on Detroit.

The Red Wings have only scored one goal in each of the first two games and if not for a solid effort by Jimmy Howard in Game 1 could easily be down 2-0. Boston was -215 in each of the first two games and is -140 tonight, so there is slight value with Detroit, although it is unlikely that they will be able to complete the upset, especially with Henrik Zetterberg expected to miss at least another week.

The San Jose Sharks are now prohibitive -550 favorites over the Los Angeles Kings, with L.A. +425 after the Sharks grabbed a 2-0 victory with a pair of blowout victories. Jonathan Quick hasn’t received much help from his team, but has been pretty awful in his own right, which is a bad combination.

Last year the Sharks scored 10 goals in their seven-game playoff series against the Kings and already have 13 in two games this year. If anybody can bounce back from a disastrous two games it’s the L.A. Kings, but you have to wonder if the first two games have taken a toll on Quick’s state of mind. Still, you can’t blame those who take a small shot on the Kings at those odds with the intention of buying back a part of their wager if Los Angeles can pick up a win or two at the Staples Center.

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

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