Wednesday's best NHL bet$
at Pittsburgh Penguins (-170, 5.5)
Any way you slice this series, it looks like it’s going to be a long one. Considering how much these teams dislike each other and the firepower on both benches, it might end up being the best series in the opening round. "There's guys on there that you don't like that are obviously some of the best players in the league," Scott Hartnell said. "You see them on the highlights every night and it annoys you. For us to win this series, we're going to have (to) hold those guys down. I don't think you have to look very hard to get your blood boiling."This is playoff hockey now, so we’re unlikely to see the fights and misconducts we’ve become used to with these teams, but there will be power play opportunities – and goals. Pittsburgh had played over in 10 straight games before its 4-2 regular season finale win over the Flyers pushed the 6-goal total. Pick: Over
Detroit Red Wings
at Nashville Predators (-130, 5)
The Red Wings and Predators rested some of their big guns down the stretch to get ready for this series, but one player who was just getting into the swing of things was Alexander Radulov. In nine games since coming back from the KHL, Radulov has three goals and seven points. He’s the type of scoring threat that’s going to give Detroit some problems.
"He was a star, best player in the league back there. I'm pretty sure he'll be here soon, too [as a star]," Detroit’s Jiri Hudler said Monday. "I think it'll help him that he came right after the season. He played a lot of minutes back home."
Nashville finished the regular season with four wins in its last five games, including a 4-1 victory in Detroit. Riding that momentum, you have to like the Preds to strike first blood in the series. Pick: Predators