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Odds To Win Stanley Cup – 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Series Picks

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Washington Capitals (-210 at SportsBet) vs. New York Rangers – The Rangers limped into the playoffs and needed some help from Tampa Bay to get into the Stanley Cup playoffs, while the Capitals finished the season as one of the hottest teams in hockey, winning 16 of their last 20. If New York hopes to advance, it will be on the shoulders of G Henrik Lundqvist who has been one of the top goaltenders during the regular season. However, Alex Ovechkin and the Caps will probably just be too much for the Rangers and Lundqvist to handle. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Capitals in 5

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Buffalo Sabres (+140 at SportsBet) – Philadelphia was one of the best teams in hockey before the loss of D Chris Pronger. Since Pronger went down, the Flyers have been reeling and went from being a lock to win the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to barely holding on to the Atlantic Division crown. Without Pronger, the Flyers are vulnerable and at risk of an early exit from the NHL playoffs at the hands of the Sabres. Buffalo is led by Team USA goaltender Ryan Miller who is one of the most talented in the game. Miller has the ability to shut the door on any team and will keep this one close. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Sabres in 7

Boston Bruins (-200 at SportsBet) vs. Montreal Canadiens – The combination of Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara and can beat anyone in hockey when those two are on top of their games. Thomas and Chara are both prime candidates for postseason awards after fantastic regular seasons and make the Bruins one of the favorites to make it through the East. Don’t count out the Canadiens just yet though. Montreal went 4-2 against Boston this year in their six meetings and is very familiar with their division rival. This should be a tight series, but our hockey picks have the Bruins ultimately prevailing. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Bruins in 6

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (+133 at SportsBet) – Without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, many thought that the Penguins would sputter down the stretch. Head Coach Dan Bylsma pulled all the right strings though and the Pens responded by almost catching Philadelphia for the No. 2 seed. Pittsburgh will rely on Jordan Staal, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury to get past the Lightning. Tampa Bay has plans of their own though thanks to the young Steven Stamkos. Stamkos is already drawing parallels to Crosby and is one of the best finishers in the NHL. Most NHL playoff picks have the Pens advancing, but don’t count out the Lightning. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Lightning in 7

Vancouver Canucks (-210 at SportsBet) vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Vancouver is the overwhelming favorite on the odds to win the Stanley Cup and their NHL Championship odds are a scant 3 to 1 at most sportsbooks. The Canucks were the most dominant team in the regular season and finished first in both goals scored and goals allowed. The twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin combine with Roberto Luongo to form one of the most balanced teams in the league, but it has its hands full with the Blackhawks. Chicago won the Stanley Cup last year and knocked off the Canucks in the Western Conference Finals but haven’t looked the same as last year’s juggernaut. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Canucks in 5

San Jose Sharks (-260 at SportsBet) vs. Los Angeles Kings – If Anze Kopitar was healthy, San Jose would be a popular pick from NHL betting fans not to advance past the first round. However, Kopitar going down doesn’t give the Kings much of a chance against the powerful Sharks, despite the reputation San Jose has to choke in the postseason. San Jose is led by Jumbo Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and will be looking to finally reach the Holy Grail after years of postseason failures. The Sharks should be able to cruise past the Kings and reach the conference semi-finals. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Sharks in 4

Detroit Red Wings (-185 at SportsBet) vs. Phoenix Coyotes – It’s hard to find a match-up with bigger polar opposites than the Coyotes and the Red Wings. Phoenix has only made the playoffs a handful of times and has never gotten out of the first round, whereas Detroit is the most decorated team in hockey over the last two decades with four Stanley Cups and playoff appearances every season. Phoenix has gotten it this far thanks in large part to veteran Shane Doan, while Detroit has used their veterans to again win the division and reach the postseason. Detroit is a -185 series favorite per the NHL playoff odds and should advance to the next round, and it’s very much so justified. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Red Wings in 5

Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators (+117 at SportsBet) – Anaheim has been one of the hottest teams in the West over the past month thanks to Corey Perry, who has been electrifying in the Ducks’ pursuit of a playoff spot. Perry was the NHL’s only 50 goal scorer this season and is one of the most dangerous threats in the playoffs. As for Nashville, the Predators are paced by goalie Pekka Rinne, who has been lights out between the pipes despite having one of the weakest offenses in all of hockey. The Predators dominated the regular season series and they should handle the Ducks. Stanley Cup Playoff Picks: Predators in 5

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