Stanley Cup Playoffs: Wednesday Night NHL Preview

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D.S. Williamson

April 17th, 2019

The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue Wednesday, as Boston battles Toronto, Nashville takes on Dallas, and the Flames hit enemy ice against the Avalanche.

(3) Boston Bruins +105 at (5) Toronto Maple Leafs -125 (7 p.m. ET)

In what is shaping up as the most competitive first-round series, the Bruins could either tie it up 2-2 in Game 4, or Toronto could take a commanding 3-1 lead.

The Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 3. Toronto can pretty much close the door on Boston with a victory tonight. The key for the Leafs will be to continue playing great on defense. During the regular season Toronto allowed 3.06 goals per game and they’ve improved in the postseason.

But the Bruins are 15-5 SU in their last 20 playing on a day of rest. They made the necessary adjustments after the Game 1 loss to win Game 2. They'll make the necessary adjustments to win Game 4. 

NHL Free Pick: Bruins +105

(2) Nashville Predators +105 at (7) Dallas Stars -125 (8 p.m. ET)

The Predators picked it up after a 3-2 Game 1 loss on their home ice. In the two games since, the Preds have played the Stars' game—slow the pace and lock down on defense—and they've won.

Nashville beat Dallas 2-1 in Game 2, then got the Game 3 win by a 3-2 score. Trends point to Nashville taking Game 4. The road team in this matchup is 6-2 SU in the last eight meetings, the Predators are 5-1 SU in the last six meetings in Dallas, and Nashville is 4-0 SU in their last four road games. They should make this series 3-1 tonight.

NHL Free Pick: Predators +105

(1) Calgary Flames -110 at (8) Colorado Avalanche -105 (10 p.m. ET)

A No. 1 seed already went down, as Columbus dominated Tampa Bay 7-3 Tuesday night. Even if Colorado beats Calgary on Wednesday night, the Flames won't get knocked out. Their chances of coming back down 3-1 won't be good, though.

NHL Free Pick: Avalanche -105