Here there is no doubt that San Jose Sharks are the biggest favourites for winning the playoff. In the last round they demolished Los Angeles Kings with 4-1 in the series, while Nashville Predators spent lots of powers to win with 4-3 against the very tough team of Anaheim Ducks.Now from this game we are expecting San Jose Sharks to be much fresher and in better condition than their opponents, because after all the Sharks played just 5 games while Predators played 7 games and put lots of energy and power in the last playoff. Actually Nashville Predators were not better than Anaheim Ducks, but Ducks did not play well and Predators completely deserved to go through after they achieved 3 wins away from home. From this game we believe that San Jose Sharks will want to show that they are the better team and they will try to win with difference. Anyway, we are not going to search them winning with difference and one market with just a clear win in the regular time for them seems with a great value - 2.00 odds.
Today, there are not many games from the Ice Hockey program. We pointed that there are some good international games. One of these games is for the Euro Hockey Tour - Russia - Finland.
There is no doubt that the team from Russia is the better team from boths. Unfortunately due to the NHL playoffs, they are going to play without their stars which are playing overseas. Of course, this does not mean that the team is weak or something like that. In the Russian KHL there are very classy and quality players who can definitely help the team of Russia to win this group. Unfortunately for them, the team of Sweden is very good this year and it will be really hard to try and compete against them.
From this game after all, we expect a routine win with 2-3 goals for Russia. In the head to head games Finland has more wins than Russia in the recent times but last game from December finished 8-1 for Russia. We think that we are not going to see win like that now, but we can definitely see a good win with 3-1 or result like that.
The series are completely tied once more time. After initially Nashville Predators led with 2-0 then they were turned to 3-2 and now they equalized the series to 3-3. We believe that in this playoff we saw almost everything. There was battle, there was drama, there were fights. But our favourites to go on is the team of Anaheim Ducks.
They are just the better team and if it was not the very unlucky first two games which they have lost with 2-3 at home, they could be on the quarter-finals yet. It was pretty interesting how Anaheim Ducks successfully won their 2 away games in Tennessee after they lost the first two home games. This means that the team is having a great character because, there are not lots of teams which can make this comeback.
We do not know whether Ducks have any problems with the regular players, so in this game they must go on the pitch with the best they have. We believe that they will be fully confident and motivated to take this game and prove that they are the better team.
Now a little bit different hockey prediction. The game is from the World Championship Division 1 - Group A. The game is between Austria and Italy. The other teams in the group are Slovenia, South Korea, Poland and Japan. Only the first two teams will go to the next stage ( qualifying for the World Championship).
At the moment the task for Austria to qualify is not that tough. They achieved two wins (one with overtime against South Korea) and one win with 3-1 against Japan. Now they will have not that tough task to face Italy. Actually both teams know each other pretty well. They faced so many times in the past years. Here obviously Austria is the biggest favourite. This is normal because the Austrian Hockey League is very good and in the past years they are making great results, which has a huge impact on their national team.
We chose Austria because they are the better team right now and it is just not right the bookmakers to give so huge odds for them. Moreover, in the last 5 head to head games, Austria took all of them. This is a big advantage for the Austrians and they will go on the field with a lot of confidence. The game can be tough though so we will make it a little bit more sure with win including the overtime.
Tonight there are two more playoff games in the NHL. They are between Nashville Predators - Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks at St.Louis Blues. We were doubled which of those games to predict but it looks like that more value we find in the game between Blackhawks and Blues.
The series are tied 3-3. It was surprising that St. Louis Blues were leading with 3-1 after they took both home games of Blackhawks but in the past two games they managed to lose their games and now the playoff is going to be in the final 7th game. It is going to be very interesting and we are making 50-50. After all despite that the more value bet is for Chicago Blackhawks, because they are the team which achieved two wins in a row.
Also they showed that they know how to win against St. Louis Blues away from home. They completely outclassed the Blues in the previous game after they won with 6-3. It was disastrous for St. Louis Blues and if they did not forget that game they are surely lose this game as well. On these odds it is just shame if we do not try and go for the better team right now - Chicago Blackhawks to take this game.
This is the sixth serie between Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. Philadelphia Flyers managed to make 3-2 and save themselves in this playoff series, after they were losing with 3-0 in the beginning and there was a big possibility to lose out from Washington Capitals with 4-0, which would be really shameful.
There is no need to explain again how both teams are playing here, because this is going to be our fourth prediction for these two teams. Flyers were totally outclassed in the last game and we can say that 99% Washington Capitals are going in the next stage, where they can meet potentially Pittsburgh Penguins which team finished on the second place, just after Washington Capitals.
Here, we believe that Washington Capitals will try to close the series with 4-2 and avoid playing more games. It seems as a very possible job and task but we guess that Philadelphia Flyers can make a final efforts to change this, anyway the odds on overtime included is pretty good and it is more valuable than betting on Phili.
It has been an amazing come back by Anaheim Ducks. No one expected that after the lost the first two home legs with 2-3 they will manage to come back and equalize the series to 2-2. Well, it happens and we are glad that we could predict that. Now the team is at home again and this time they will try to satisfy the home fans with a third win against Nashville Predators.In Tennessee it looked like that Anaheim Ducks are feeling more at home than in their own State. We really do not know why they managed to lose the first two home legs but it is important that they came back in the perfect moment. The last win with 1-4 was more than delightful. Now Anaheim Ducks are pure favourites for winning the series because the next two games are at home. They will need to win them both in order to qualify for the next round. We are not quite sure that this is going to happen here, but they will win at least one of the games, we think that this will be the first, because they are in a serie and they serie must continue. The game will be hard, but we think that Anaheim Ducks proved that they are the better and more quality team in these playoffs. Everyone is pointing Anaheim as one of the finalists here so, they must fulfill these expectations. A win for Anaheim Ducks was staked at 2.00 odds but we will go with win including the over time on the lower odds.
Surprisingly or not, Washington Capitals did not win the fourth game between these two games from the NHL playoff series after the lost with 2-1. It was very strange for us but we somehow was prepared for it.
Usually, they were the better team but they did have enough chances to win the game. In the last third Capitals start playing more serious but their powers were not enough and they lost the game. Now we are going to see a fifth game which is in Washington and the Capitals must take it in order not to play another six game where the chances will be 50-50.
Philadelphia Flyers are coming in this game as a complete underdogs and we we believe on the bookmakers. The clear favourites of Washington Capitals will be highly motivated and very confident of taking the game. Their fans are amazing as well and they will totally dominate in this game. We expect even a game win for Capitals with handicap of 2-3 goals.
Anaheim Ducks did a great win and they have managed to come back in the series. Actually it is not a come back because they are still losing in the series but now it is 2-1 for Nashville Predators. Ducks won categorically with 3-0 in their last game against Predators and now they can breathe one idea more freely.
Just like we said in our last preview between these two teams, Nashville Predators were leading with 2-0 in the series but this was not very easy because both of their wins came really hard with wins of 3-2 in Anaheim. Now it is completely different. Most of the Nashville fans expected to lead with 3-0 now and be 90% sure for the next stage but no. Also Anaheim Ducks are in better condition, physical and psychical and this win with 3-0 will make them believe that they can win another game.
The odds are similar to the previous game, but this can’t make us bet on a win for Anaheim Ducks in the regular time. It is not that bad option, but we prefer to go for the most safety option. Our betting pick here is Anaheim Ducks to win Overtime Including.