NHL Betting: Predators v Red Wings and Penguins v Flyers

Just two games on the schedule tonight but we could see two of the NHL's most famous franchises; the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, sent home for the off-season. Both of those teams would have had plenty of people backing them to go far but it just shows the unpredictability of the play-offs that they could be the first ones knocked out.

Nashville v Detroit

Nashville earned two superb away wins in the Joe Louis Arena to give them their commanding series lead, in no small part down to a couple of 40+ save performances from Pekka Rinne. Detroit will likely pull out all the stops to try and get the win, so good odds of them to tally more shots could be an option. As for the result, the Predators are 1.78 to win including overtime and if Rinne is on song again they'll progress in a low scoring game.

Pittsburgh v Philadelphia

Of course the Penguins were looking at elimination two nights ago, and after being so underwhelming in the first 3 games they naturally went out and won 10-3, making my predictions look a bit silly in the process. Goaltending in this series has been atrocious, with chief culprits Marc-Andre Fleury and Ilya Bryzgalov raising question marks that will linger even for the one that makes it to the next round alive. This could go either way but I'm backing the Pens at 1.88, you can certainly expect goals and an entertaining game though.

Best Bet: More than 6.5 total goals in Pittsburgh v Philadelphia at 1.74