This series has been intriguing if for no other reason than watching two teams, one of which will prevail, emerge only to face ?Wonderboy? A.K.A. Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh. Does anyone really win here then? I suppose that?s why they play the game but Pittsburgh is flying high and will be a more than stern test. Tonight though we have Columbus who have given the Capitals fits and with a win tonight at home will force an ?anyone?s guess? sort of game seven in Washington. Since this is an elimination game I?m taking the OVER 5.5.because any score within 2 goals near the end of the game will result in an empty net situation which may run the score up further.
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The Angels have cooled off, losing five of six following their sizzling start. Conversely, the Astros have come alive and head into the series opener Monday on a six-game win streak. Still, this price seems a bit inflated versus what appears to be a relatively even matchup. Angels lefty Tyler Scaggs is 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA in seven career starts against Houston. Astros starter Gerrit Cole is off to a 2-0 start, but allowed three runs on six hits in a no-decision in his previous outing against Los Angeles.
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Several things come to mind today in trying to unravel the mystery that is this series. First, the Leafs and Vegas are the two fastest teams in recent years and speed can win at any time. Second, Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen is pure money and his play deserves every superlative a writer can conjure up -- he is the new 'Mr. Maple Leaf.' But how long can the Leafs keep relying on him to make up for their weak defensive play? Third, Boston is not the same team when Patrice Bergeron is absent, which of course makes him their MVP. Lastly, with Boston up 3-2 in the series and Toronto needing to win two straight games, the survivor of this series wins the ?right? to a meeting with Tampa Bay -- which will be another brutally draining series regardless of who wins. It becomes very apparent that Pittsburgh will be the direct beneficiary of these titanic Eastern Conference battles and as such their stock is on the rise in my book. Tonight, if Toronto should win, the credit will go to Andersen, Coach Mike Babcock?s "stretch-pass offense" and Bergeron's absence. Take Toronto plus 1.5 goals at -260 and watch one of the best games of the year play out at the Air Canada Centre.
The first two games of this series going Under has created value on the total Monday night. Game 4 should be the offensive showcase that was expected early between the Rockets and Timberwolves. Take the Over in this one.
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In his last start, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez bounced back to register a win over the New York Mets. Still, he struggled a tad, allowing eight hits to push his WHIP to 1.52. Furthermore, the Nationals' bullpen had its issues Sunday night against the Dodgers. Monday marks the Nationals' seventh straight road game , and they're 3-3 so far on the trip. Grab the value on the Giants.
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