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Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Winnipeg Jets taking on the Anaheim Ducks April 16 at Honda Center. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.

The Western Conference top seed Anaheim Ducks begin their Cup Quest Thursday night when they host the upstart Winnipeg Jets who were terrific down the stretch and enter as perhaps the most dangerous underdogs in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


NHL Free Pick: Flames vs. Canucks Betting Lines & Preview

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Weekly NHL Betting action sees the Calgary Flames taking on the Vancouver Canucks April 15 at Rogers Arena. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.

Round 1 of the NHL playoffs kicks off for the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Daily NHL Hockey Odds

Calgary (45-30-4-3) at Vancouver (48-29-3-2)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: CBC, USA, TVA
Calgary Flames +1½ -245 +131 Ov 5 -121
Vancouver Canucks -1½ +205 -145 Un 5 +110

Two of the more surprising teams in the NHL will do battle in what is expected to be a hotly contested series with one reaching the second round.

Who could have predicted that either of these teams would win a first round series? It will be a battle of the never-say-die but inexperienced Flames against the solid, veteran Canucks.

So who wins the all-important Game 1 of this intriguing series? Let’s take a look.

The Calgary Flames were the team that just wouldn’t go away this season and Wednesday night they get to finally see the fruit from all of their season-long labors. A long season of up-tempo, physical hockey didn’t seem to faze the Flames who won five of six games down the stretch before losing their final game in Winnipeg.

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Calgary makes its first playoff appearance since 2009 with a young and experienced team. How they react on the big stage in Game 1 should set the tone for the rest of the series.

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Calgary somehow finished inside the top 10 in scoring this season with a cast of youth and surprisingly good veteran contributions. The line of Jiri Hudler, Sean Monohan and Johnny Gaudreau were one of the best lines in hockey in the final couple months of the season. Those three will be absolutely essential in the playoffs – it seems that the formula for beating the Flames is simple – slow down the top line and make the rest of a slightly underwhelming offensive corp. beat you.

Defensively the season was thought to be lost after captain Mark Giordano was lost for the season but the Flames rallied and actually did a good job of keeping the puck out of the back of their net. Jonas Hiller will get the start between the pipes – he was 3-0-0 in his last three games of the Regular Season with a 1.01 GAA and .965 save percentage. Hiller could be the difference in Game 1 – he enters with a ton of confidence.

The Vancouver Canucks won their last three games of the Regular season over Los Angeles, Arizona and Edmonton by a combined 12-6 score. They are a confident team with a lot going for them heading into Game 1.

Offensively the Canucks were terrific down the stretch – Radim Vrbata led the way although he scored only one goal in his last six games. Still he had 14 points in his last 12 games, Daniel Sedin has eight points in four games, Alex Edler had six points in two games and Jannik Hansen had two points in his last two games. Alex Burrows was pointless in his last three and Chris Higgins has just one point in his final four games but at the end of the day, the Canucks hold the depth advantage offensively heading into Game 1.

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The starting keeper has yet to be named for the opening game of the series but Eddie Lack seems like the obvious choice. He was 2-0-0 with a 0.48 GAA and .985 save percentage in his last two starts while Ryan Miller struggled in his only start since returning from injury.

NHL Gambling Trends

• CAL are 22-6 in their last 28 vs. Pacific.
• Over is 7-3 in CAL last 10 road games.
• Under is 7-1-1 in VAN last 9 vs. Pacific.
• VAN are 7-1 in their last 8 Wed. games.
• VAN are 11-5 in their last 16 home games.
• CAL are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Vancouver.
• CAL are 17-35 in the last 52 meetings.

The playoffs are a totally new experience for most of the Flames. On the flip side, most of the Canucks have a wealth of experience in the postseason. That’s the difference Wednesday night. Opening night jitters will keep the Flames from playing their game – expect Vancouver to get a leg up with a typically balanced attack.

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Free 2015 Stanley Cup Series Picks – Senators vs. Canadiens

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The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is not short on tantalizing match ups, but perhaps the biggest one (for fans hockey fans in Canada at least) is the series between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Cappers Picks will provide NHL picks throughout the playoffs so check back before every round.


Free Series Picks: Penguins vs. Rangers NHL Playoffs Gambling Lines

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers will meet in the post season for the second year in a row.  Roles have been flipped this time around as the Rangers come in as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and the Penguins are the heavy underdog. Cappers Picks will provide NHL picks throughout the playoffs so check back before every round.

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New York vs Pittsburgh
Series Odds: Penguins +190 / Rangers -220
Game 1: Thursday, April 16 at Madison Square Garden, 7:00 pm EST
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Turn back the calendar about two months and this was a playoff series that could have been predicted, but with Pittsburgh as the one seed and the Rangers coming in as the underdog once again. The Rangers steadily built towards the post season and brought home the Presidents Trophy this year, securing home ice throughout the playoffs. Pittsburgh meanwhile looked lost for much of the latter parts of the season and needed a win over Buffalo in the final game of the regular season just to lock up the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.


Pittsburgh was a mess over their final 20 or so games and were very fortunate to have had a stellar first half of the season that provided them with enough cushion to slide into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.

The Pens limped to the playoffs with a 3-5-2 record in their final 10 games of the season, and since the beginning of March went just 8-12-1, hardly the record of a playoff team. The biggest issue for the Pens has been their inability to score goals which is very surprising for a team with the talent and depth that they have.

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Sidney Crosby can’t shoulder much blame as he was about the only Penguin over the past month that has posted points on a consistent basis.

Coach Mike Johnston has had a hard time finding a match for Crosby on the top line and has experimented with a number of combinations and players like David Perron, Blake Comeau and most recently Daniel Winnik. None of those players are even close to the level that Crosby plays at and it has slowed the offense as Sid just hasn’t been able to click with any of them.

Evgeni Malkin has returned and should be healthy for this series and Johnston may have to resort to pairing him and Crosby early in this series if the offense goes stagnant. Role players like Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling are going to have to be huge in this series for the Pens to have a chance as they will likely need to resort to overloading one line in order to find offense against the Rangers.

Patric Hornqvist has shown flashes this season but most of that came on Crosby’s line and he may end up getting bumped in favour of Malkin at some point and will have to find a way to make things happen without arguably the league’s best player as his center.

This team certainly has the ability to score when they’re clicking, but they have been in a bad run of form for some time and there’s nothing to lead one to believe that they’ll just snap out of it over night. Goal scoring concerns aside, there’s the perennial question mark that is Marc Andre Fleury in goal. By all accounts Fleury had a great year, posting a 34-20-9 record, 2.32 GAA and .920 SV% to go along with a league leading 10 shutouts. The playoff struggles of Fleury are well documented however and “Flower” has shown that he tends to wilt under pressure at this time of the year.

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This team was almost the polar opposite of the Penguins this season. Early on they stumbled as goalie Henrik Lundqvist had his typical slow start and the team couldn’t seem to gel. The Rangers were on the outside looking in as late as December, but once the calendar turned to 2015 this team hit the switch and were far and away the best team in the NHL for the bulk of the last three months.

There is star power on this team with the likes of Lundqvist in goal and Rick Nash up front who potted a career best 42 goals this season. Where this team is dangerous however is their ability to attack in waves with three solid lines that can all score. The players on this team may not be household names, but many of them quietly put together very good season.

Derick Brassard trailed only Nash for the team lead in points, putting up a solid 60 point campaign. Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis both had 50+ point seasons at 55 and 52 respectively. Mats Zuccarelllo was not far behind at 49 points, while Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes posted 46 and 45 points.

The blue line is pretty stacked with veterans like Dan Boyle and Keith Yandle, along with captain Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal and Dan Girardi. Kevin Klein should be fit to return from an arm injury for this series to round out a very tough defense core.

In goal there aren’t really many questions to ask. Henrik Lundqvist is still one of the best in the game and when he’s on he’s nearly unbeatable and will give the Rangers a chance to win every night.

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King Hank pretty much carried last year’s Rangers team to the Stanley Cup finals and that wasn’t nearly as good a team as he has in front of him this year. Lundqvist will feel a lot less pressure as the weight won’t be solely on him to win games, and that should translate to him playing at a very high level.

Rangers vs. Penguins Series Pick

The Rangers stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit a year ago to knock off the Penguins in the Eastern Conference semi finals. They shouldn’t need the heroics this year as they are just playing much better hockey than the Penguins are right now. New York won the season series with Pittsburgh by a count of 3-1 this year and outscored them 16-8.

There’s not much reason to believe that the Rangers can’t win this series fairly easily and this should be the quickest first round series. Go with the Rangers to win this one in five games. NHL Betting and gambling site provides the BEST Online hockey predictions for you to bet on for the NHL hockey season! Stick with us all season long!

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