Boston Bruins - Montreal Canadiens
Levelled up once again by Boston two nights ago, this matchup continues to captivate even though there was only one goal on the night. It was a phenomenal goalie duel between Tuukka Rask and Carey Price only eventually settled by an elusive bouncing puck that dropped right to Matt Fraser's stick not too long into overtime.
There's stars on both sides currently in the shadows with the capacity to turn the tide should they hit form, Max Pacioretty has only one play-off tally despite having almost double the goal total of any of his Montreal teammates during the regular season.
To his and David Deshairnais's credit even though they haven't been scoring against Boston's top line centered by David Krejci it's been a stalemate shifting the onus onto others to step up.
Thursday's encounter was the first to not pass the 5.5 total goal line and back at TD Garden the Canadiens' best strategy is to be as positive as they were in Games 1 and 2, for that reason I like the chances at 2.65 of another high scoring affair.
Boston available for 1.85 doesn't seem worth it when they've been more than equalled by their rivals so far, so side with Montreal yet again at 2.70 including OT.
Los Angeles Kings - Anaheim Ducks
A great response by the Ducks in Game 3 continued the sequence of road wins in this series.
Both defences are having to deal with being hounded even as deep as their own zone and it's finding the balance between a potentially productive outlet pass or a costly turnover when goals have been in fairly short order. As Anaheim's most gifted blueliner Cam Fowler is their most reliable option for setting up the rush, he's also their only defencemen with a plus rating over the last ten games which just goes to show the difference he can make at even strength.
Perhaps because this is the first time they've met in the play-offs there hasn't been too much nastiness despite the heavy hitting, both clubs have been operating well on the powerplay and the few chances they've been getting have proved decisive.
Even though the Ducks are now on the board I'll maintain that the Kings are the better option based on what we've seen so far, I also don't need to tell you how close these clashes have been so overtime is always worth a look at 3.70.
Best Bet: Los Angeles Kings to win at 2.15