NHL Betting: St Louis to give Los Angeles the Blues in clash of the goalies



As the Air Canada Centre prepares to host its first NHL play-off game since 2004, there is growing belief that the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs can upset the Boston Bruins. Toronto's win on Saturday has tied the series up and the turnaround had the Bruins taking the penalties and looking slightly ragged. If the Maple Leafs continue to stay composed and use the speed advantage they have, the Bruins will be vulnerable. Boston won't be particularly flustered just yet, however: they're still second favourites to represent the East in the Finals and have plenty of experience to call upon. Joffrey Lupul is a real leader for Toronto in both work ethic and scoring, he's at 3.20 to add to his two goals already. This will be a special occasion for Leafs fans and the place will be rocking, I like the chances of a home win at 2.70.

Washington's stock is on the rise after an impressive start to the post-season, and they will look to deal a big blow to the New York Rangers tonight. It doesn't get much sweeter than 1-0 overtime wins and that's exactly what the Capitals got two days ago, with in-form Mike Green grabbing the winner. It must've been tough for Rangers coach John Tortorella to pick his team up afterwards, even though they were probably slightly fortunate to be still in the game. Their offense was stunted and they've been outplayed to this point by the Caps. Back Washington to deal what might well be a killer blow at 3.00.

Despite only seven goals being scored over their three games so far, the series between the St Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings has been a hugely entertaining watch. Game 4 at Staples Center gives the Kings a chance to even things up at 2-2, but unless Jonathan Quick can pick up another shut-out, LA are going to need to beat Brian Elliott more than once in a game for the first time this series. It really is turning in to a sensational goalie battle between those two; of the skaters only Alex Steen has racked up more than a single point. Considering the quality of defence and goaltending we've seen up to now, going for under 3.5 goals again looks good value at 2.67. This one is tough to call, but take St Louis including overtime at 2.22.

Best bet: St Louis Blues to win including overtime at 2.22