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Gambling Pit – August 19, 2020

Yesterday’s Results: 3-1

The Flyers beat the Canadiens 2-0 in what was universally described as one of the most boring games of the postseason. I was at work and cashed a puck line (+195) so I thought it was a great game. The Stars beat the Flames 2-1 in regulation for a 3-way money line win (+125) and then Alexander Ovechkin decided he wasn’t quite ready to exit the bubble and willed the Caps to a victory, avoiding elimination but more importantly allowing me to cash in the Washington money line bet (-105).

I sprinkled a bit on the 4-game parlay, and only needed Vegas/Chicago to keep it under 6 goals to win. After a 3 goal first period I knew the dream was dead, but Vegas rallied to eliminate the Hawks, validating my “Golden Knights in 5” prediction, so I don’t feel so bad.

If you want to check out the series predictions before getting to today’s picks, click here.

TODAY’S PICKS

Blue Jackets v. Lightning – 12:00 ET – Lightning lead series 3-1

I wanted to take the under, but I couldn’t get a 5.5 I’ll look to remain consistent with my series pick of Tampa in 6 with a good value pick. PICK Blue Jackets money line (+155)

Hurricanes v. Bruins – 4:oo ET – Bruins lead series 3-1

I’m assuming Svechnikov will still be out for tonight’s game. I would lean Bruins, but I don’t think Halak looked great in the B’s game 4 win, but maybe I’m just bitter that he gave up a late one to ruin the puck line bet. I’m going to hope for offense. PICK: Over 5 (-130)

Coyotes v. Avalanche – 5:30 ET – Avalanche lead series 3-1

Unfortunately the odds makers adjusted to Darcy Kuemper’s fall from immortality: an Avalanche puck line is only set at +120. Brutal. I would prefer to my puck lines to be at +150 or above. I think the Avs close it out, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Kuemper rallies in the elimination game. PICK: Avalanche 3-way money line (-140)

Canadiens v. Flyers – 8:00 ET – Flyers lead series 3-1

If you’ve read a Pit with the Habs in it before, you know where this is going. PICK: Flyers puck line (+185)

Canucks v. Blues – 10:30 ET – Series tied 2-2

Heads. Tails. Go with value, my friends. PICK: Canucks money line (+125)

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