Islanders and Capitals

  • The New York Islanders are 1.5-goal favorites over the Washington Capitals.
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are -200 moneyline favorites to close out their series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • The O/U total for the Chicago Blackhawks-Vegas Golden Knights game is

CHICAGOThe NHL Playoffs are well underway and there is a mix of do or die games as well as series changing contests on tap for Tuesday.

The return of the NHL has been seamless as their bubble protocol has been successful amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a total of four NHL games to hockey bettors to choose from and each of them present an advantage that bettors need to know before heading over to their bookie.

Philadelphia Flyers (-1.5) vs. Montreal Canadiens @ 3 p.m. ET

The Philadelphia Flyers hold a 2-1 advantage over the Montreal Canadiens in their series. The Flyers are favored to win Game 4 by 1.5-goals but this game should be the closest of the four playoff games so bettors should lean towards the moneyline here.

The SU odds for the Canadiens to pull off the upset over the Flyers are at +115. Philadelphia’s moneyline odds being -135 are worth the bet as they’re 9-4 in their last 13 matchup against Montreal. The O/U total for Game 5 is five. Take the Under here since five of the last seven meetings between the Flyers-Canadiens have seen the Under hit.

Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars (-1.5) @ 5:30 p.m. ET

This is a pivotal game for both the Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars as they are locked in a 2-2 series. The Stars won Game 4 in overtime in what likely saved the series for them.

The Stars may not get so lucky in Game 5 but legal sportsbooks have Dallas as a 1.5-goal favorite to take control of this series. However, bettors should take advantage of the Calgary being underdogs and place their bets on the Flames +105 odds. The Flames have been improved since the restart and don’t mind playing on the road as they’re 4-1 in their last five games.

For those looking to take the Stars SU those odds come with a -125 return. Sportsbooks have the O/U total for the Flames-Stars set at five. Take the Over as both of these teams have potent offenses that aren’t shy about putting points on the board.

Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders (-1.5) @ 8 p.m. ET

The Washington Capitals have their backs against the wall as the New York Islanders have a 3-0 lead over them heading into Game 4. The Islanders offense has come alive during this series as they’ve outscored the Capitals 11-5 through three games which is why sportsbooks favor them to end the Capitals season by 1.5-goals.

Bettors should lean more towards betting ATS in this elimination game. The moneyline is tight as the Islanders are slight favorites at -120 odds while a SU bet on the Capitals comes with +106 odds at legal sports betting sites The O/U total for Game 4 is five goals. The Over should hit since five of the last six matchups between the Capitals-Islanders has gone Over.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights (-1.5) @ 10:30 p.m. ET

The Vegas Golden Knights have the opportunity to end the Chicago Blackhawks season as they have a 3-1 series lead. The Golden Knights missed their opportunity for a sweep in Game 4, but expect them to close this series out.

Sportsbooks feel the same way listing the Knights as 1.5-goal favorites over the Blackhawks. Betting SU is the best way to go here as the Blackhawks have been able to keep these games somewhat close. The Blackhawks are underdogs at +170 odds, while the Golden Knights are moderate favorites at -200 odds to win.

The past two games in this series the Under has hit, with the total for Game 5 set at 5.5 take the Over as both teams will come out aggressive early and often.

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