Sharks favored at home against Blues in Game 3

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The San Jose Sharks will be gunning for a sixth straight win on home ice and a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final when they play host to the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 on Thursday as -140 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

San Jose seized home-ice advantage with a decisive 4-0 win in Game 2 on Tuesday, knotting up the series at a game apiece ahead of Thursday night’s Blues vs. Sharks betting matchup at the SAP Center.

The Sharks have been tough to beat on home ice, winning five straight, outscoring opponents by a 21-7 margin during the streak, and 10-1 in their past two, but are winless in their past two at home against the Blues

Entering their fifth postseason clash with St. Louis since 2000, the Sharks were pegged as  +185 underdogs on the series prices despite a strong performance in the first two rounds. San Jose disposed of the favored Los Angeles Kings in five games before surviving a pair of overtime losses to Nashville en route a seven-game second-round win over the Predators.

But Tuesday’s win has shaken things up on the series prices, with both the Sharks and the Blues now sporting -110 odds to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

It has been a marathon postseason run for the Blues, who have played the maximum 16 games after going the distance in their previous two series, vanquishing the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in their first-round matchup before outlasting the Dallas Stars.

St. Louis was outstanding on the road against the Stars, winning all three games in Dallas by a combined 14-4 margin, and had surrendered just 17 total goals in the nine games prior to their Game 2 defeat.

It was that kind of success that briefly powered the Blues to the top of the Stanley Cup odds, but with Tuesday’s loss they have slipped to +225, just ahead of San Jose, which has climbed to +325.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins solidified their position atop the Stanley Cup odds with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Penguins paid out as -130 favorites at the sportsbooks in their second straight win over Tampa Bay following four consecutive losses to the Lightning, who will look to rebound when the two teams meet again for Game 3 at Amalie Arena on Friday night.

Favored Rangers seek end to home-ice hex against the rival Islanders

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While the teams’ records can be thrown out when the NHL’s two city rivals meet, the New York Rangers do take a strong record in back-to-back games into their clash against the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

The Rangers, who are relying on goalie Antti Raanta to hold the fort with superstar Henrik Lundqvist (lower body injury) sidelined, are only 2-7 straight-up in their last nine home games against the Islanders, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

However, the Rangers should have some motivation after an overtime defeat on Tuesday against the also-ran New Jersey Devils. In fact, the Rangers, home favorites for Wednesday’s game at sportsbooks monitored by, are 7-3 in their last 10 games when they were playing the second of back-to-back contests.

The Islanders, who are 33-26-12 on the season, should be ready to play desperate hockey since they have had a three-day break and are only 1-4 in their last five games. Coach Doug Weight has shuffled his lines to stimulate some offense, reuniting captain John Tavares (nine points over his last 10 games) with his regular left wing, Andrew Ladd.

The Islanders, who should have fresh legs, could also get a spark in the offensive zone from recent rookie call-up Josh Ho-Sang.

The break might also be a boon for Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss, who has an unsightly 3.46 goals-against average and .893 save percentage so far this month. Some of that can be put down to the recent play by the Islanders, who are also 3-7 in their last 10 divisional road games.

The Rangers are 45-24-4 on the season, but just 5-7 across their last 12 games, which has dropped them into fourth in the Metropolitan Division. Veteran winger Rick Nash ended a nine-game goal drought against the Devils, but has been shut out so far this season against the Islanders. The Rangers also finished the New Jersey game strongly, leveling 16 shots on goal in the third period.

Raanta is having a strong month with a 2.13 GAA and .924 save percentage. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last five divisional home games.

The total has gone under in three consecutive Islanders’ games for bettors on the NHL odds. The total has gone over in six of the last nine games where the Rangers were favored at home against the Islanders.

Ovechkin, Capitals Road Favorites Against Flyers on Wednesday Night

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The law of averages and both teams’ recent play would suggest Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are due for a better fate in Philadelphia.

The Capitals are a -165 betting favorite against the +135 underdog Philadelphia Flyers with a 5.5-goal total in their NHL betting matchup on Wednesday, according to sportsbooks monitored by

Washington won 5-0 on January 15 when the Metropolitan Division rivals last met, but that was at the Verizon Center and the Flyers are 8-2 straight-up in their last 10 home games against the Capitals with any moneyline, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

Presumptive starting goaltender Michal Neuvirth has often fared well against Washington, particularly during the 2016 playoffs.

The Flyers are also 7-3 in their last 10 games at home as an underdog of +135 to +500 on the moneyline. Their price on the moneyline offers much more value than the Capitals’ does.

Washington, which is 39-12-7 this season, will be aiming to avoid its first three-loss skid of the season. Ovechkin has traditionally had the Flyers’ number over his career, as the future Hall of Famer has 31 goals and 18 assists for 49 points in 43 career games against Philly.

Washington is one of the NHL’s deepest teams offensively and, in Braden Holtby, are well spoken for in goal.

The Capitals are 7-3 in their last 10 games on the road as a favorite of -135 to -500 moneyline.

Philadelphia, which is 28-24-7, is at a point of the season where it needs to play desperate to stay in the hunt for a wild card playoff spot. The Flyers, who are only 3-7 in their last 10 home games against their division, have several key players itching to bust out offensively. Captain and No. 1 center Claude Giroux has only two points in his last 10 games and offensive defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has only six over his last 15, three of which came last Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

If Neuvirth is sharp, the Flyers have a chance.

The total has gone over in six of the Capitals’ last 10 divisional road games, but has gone under in four of their past six away contests (with one push). The total has gone under in six of the Flyers’ last 10 home games overall.