Don't give up those Ducks yet

Apr 15, 2008 7:00 PM

Power Plays by Kevin Stott |


There are many variables in the odds and Games 5, 6 and 7 almost all "if necessary" at press time. So, we’ll handicap the known first round matchups in Power Plays along with providing daily picks Friday through Monday on our new website under GTPlus The content section is free through April.

Tuesday, April 15

Montreal at Boston: This may be the last chance you will get to bet against the Bruins versus the Canadiens in what has become a one-sided series. Montreal has won the last 13 of 14, outscoring Boston 46-21. Knowing their second-round opponent will be way tougher than the B’s, expect the Habs to try and get this series over with in order to gain some valuable rest. CANADIENS.

Anaheim at Dallas: You’ve filed your taxes, the check’s in the mail and you’ve also got a rebate coming from the IRS. So why not toss a couple pesos on some hockey? The Stars limped into the postseason but woke up in Anaheim to take both games. Dallas won the season series 5-3 and so far form has held up. The Stars have won three of four in the Big D. So we like Dallas? Nope. Let’s take a plus with the desperate Stanley Cup champs. DUCKS.

Minnesota at Colorado: The Avs are very strong at the Pepsi Can (27-12-2) and have many more scoring threats (Sakic, Smyth, Foote, Stastny, Forsberg, Brunette, Hejduk) than Minehaha (Gaborik, Bouchard, Rolston and Demitra). AVALANCHE.

Wednesday, April 16

Pittsburgh at Ottawa: With Aldredsson out and Gerber in goal, the Pens have a big advantage on offense and defense. Momentum tops fear here. PENGUINS.

New Jersey at NY Rangers: NY is 9-2 against Satan’s Skaters and have much more on offense (Jagr, Gomez, Drury, Shanahan). The Devils have the second-least goals of all NHL playoff teams. RANGERS.

Thursday, April 17

Anaheim at Dallas: With the Niedermeyers, Selanne and Getzlaf and dreams of a repeat title, taking the Ducks as a underdog is the Rx. – especially after losing Game 1. DUCKS.

Washington at Philly: Ovechkin is on fire, but Philly has improved vastly. Richards, Prospal, Briere and Knuble have more firepower than Washington, which will have to rely heavily on new netminder Huet to stop pucks. I see goals. OVER 5½.