by Kevin Stott | Senators at Penguins (-190 LVH) (Versus TV): The Senators limped into the playoffs (3-7 L10), are without star Alfredsson and have average goaltending at best. So what’s to like about Ottawa right now? Pittsburgh stormed into the playoffs (6-3-1 L10) and with Crosby, Malkin and now Hossa can outscore almost anyone. In net, the Pens can go with either Conklin (2.51 GAA) or Fleury (2.33). Home playoff opener at The Igloo? Let’s march with the penguins… PENGUINS.
Rangers at Devils (-125): New York was 7-0 against New Jersey heading into the season finale and then lost 3-2 in a shootout, and lost the home-ice advantage in the processs. In the eight meetings in the regular season, the two teams averaged 3.625 goals per game with the under going 4-1-2. Expect an even tighter-checking affair in the playoffs and you know when the linesmaker makes the total 4 ½, there will be a whole lotta nothing going on in this one. UNDER 4 ½.
Avalanche at Wild (-130): Minnesota went a perfect 4-0 at the Xcel Energy Center against the Avalanche this season outscoring them 13-6. The Wild are a superb 25-11-5 at home and won’t want to lose that home-ice advantage they worked so hard to earn throughout the regular season while Colorado is very average away (17-19-5) from the Pepsi Can. Although this will be a hard-fought skate, taking the home team at a fair -130 price seems like the only logical way to go. WILD.