NHL Betting: Rangers to dish out Capitals punishment



The pressure is firmly on the New York Rangers in the afternoon game as they face elimination versus the Washington Capitals. This is another series where playing at home has been all important, and Madison Square Garden will be rocking to ensure that trend continues. Alex Ovechkin has cut a frustrated figure with just one goal in the series, the Rangers doing a great job neutralising his scoring and roughing him up, making sure he isn't the gamebreaker. Last season's match-up in the second round went the distance to seven and the Rangers' desperation should see them through. Take New York to extend the series at 2.20.

Boston have a second opportunity to send the Toronto Maple Leafs packing after failing to do so on Friday night. The Bruins will fancy their chances of silencing Air Canada Centre after taking both contests there so far, and the Maple Leafs will need another stellar performance from goalie James Reimer to hold them off. Toronto's exuberance carried them through last time but I'm expecting Boston's experience to show here; coming off their previous loss in Game 2 they immediately stepped it up. Back the Bruins to take a regulation victory at 2.20.

It's winner takes all in Game 7 between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. The last three contests have all been settled by overtime so expect some drama, while familiarity has also started to breed contempt: as the pressure has increased so has the frequency of tempers flaring. That could either help or hinder the Ducks as the likes of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry aren't afraid to get nasty but do have a tendency to be overzealous. The Red Wings' cool-headed skipper Henrik Zetterberg rose above it to pick up his first goals of the post-season, and that contrast in style will make or break this decider. A tie through regulation is a good option at 3.60. As for who progresses, Detroit have an excellent chance at 2.10 including overtime.

Best bet: New York Rangers to win at 2.30