Wednesday night features four games on the slate and every one of them has significance for bettors. The New York Rangers want to go up 3-1 on Pittsburgh desperately, Minnesota has the chance to do the same to St. Louis, and there is a chance two Canadian teams could be sent packing by the end of the night.
If this sounds like the makings of a very insane night, then you would be right on the money. There are many directions to go and lots of ways to make a little money here and there. That is the name of the game. Bettors also need to watch out for more injuries as the undisclosed maladies have really made their way to the forefront.
Now it is time to take a look at our featured match-up first.
Bettor’s Edge Top Match: Montreal Canadiens Vs. Ottawa Senators
We may be here for the final time as the Montreal Canadiens face off against the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 from Ontario. One of the biggest keys in this series was thought to be Montreal’s depth. No one knew it would have this kind of effect (particularly late in games).
What the two goals from Dale Weise illustrated more than anything in Game 3 was that Ottawa’s depth is just not on the same plane as Montreal’s. It is not even close. Yes, the second goal from Weise is probably one Craig Anderson should have stopped, but that is how it goes. The ice had been tilting more and more in Montreal’s favor anyway. It was only a matter of time before the game-winning goal occurred.
Inevitability is a strange force. For bettors, it comes in the sense that you know Montreal is going to advance to the next round. Now, it is only a matter of time. The clock ticks on Ottawa’s season and some think it will come really fast.
With Zack Smith being substiuted in, the white flag appears all ready to go here. Injuries have seemingly worn down Ottawa as I do not even think Erik Karlsson is 100%. Something tells me there are going to be a lot of Ottawa maladies revealed that we might not have known about.
Max Pacioretty’s Health
Something tells me that Max Pacioretty is still a little banged up. His timing is definitely off and it is noticeable. There have been a few chances where he definitely gets to a puck or gets a little more on the shot, etc.
Understandably those things happen but usually not to the left winger. One point in two games after coming off what some thought was a significant injury at first means he gets a pass. However, he has been so close. Wednesday night could be the night he breaks out.
That entire line could break out. That would indeed be the dagger straight into the heart of Ottawa’s season if that were the case. Even at 90%, Pacioretty can have that kind of effect which says a lot about his character and drive to succeed.
Ultimately the Montreal top line and top-six for that matter is going to have to finish more of their chances and achieve better shot selection. Pacioretty knows that he is one of those players that has to draw more rebounds and get to more of those second chances as well. Bettors will also note that Ottawa is going to come out fast and that first period line for Ottawa might be a good bet.
Some Final Words
It comes down to Montreal being a slight underdog this time around and that makes a slight puckline pick a worthwhile gamble along with the first period Ottawa moneyline. For those feeling a little ambitious, I think Montreal ends this so hitting up the money line is more risky but it might be worth the shot if bookies fade the Habs a little more.
Also, bettors, let’s roll with the Ducks puck line at the very least.
Until Winnipeg shows it can hold a lead, why even try to bet them. You may even want to surf the over and the Ducks team total if it stays at 2.5. Check the Rangers money line before betting it. On Monday, I was able to get the Rangers at +115 before the line swung around to -125. It might be worth it.
Good luck bettors as always and stick around on Twitter for the latest news and notes. Thanks for reading!