NHL Playoffs: Four Game 1 matchups set for May 3
Ricky Gray | May 3, 2022
The NHL playoffs continue tonight with eight teams set to face off.
Although most are focused on what's happening in the NBA, the NHL has quite a few games that are worth watching as well. From the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers to the Dallas Stars vs. the Calgary Flames, let's take a look.
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers - 7:00 PM ET
The first game of the night is the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the New York Rangers. Lack of playoff experience could hurt the Rangers here as they face the seasoned Pittsburgh Penguins. The good news for New York is they should have Artemi Panarin to help them out tonight. The Penguins could be missing a few players and Goalie Tristan Jerry has already been ruled out. We'll take the Rangers to take Game 1 tonight.
Ricky's Pick - New York Rangers -130
Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers - 7:30 PM ET
Starting shortly after the Penguins and Rangers game is the Capitals versus the Panthers. Washington faces a tough test as they play the nearly perfect at home Florida Panthers. During the regular season, the Panthers went 34-7-0 at home and have an overall record of 58-18-6. Look for the Panthers to get a quick start and win this one at home.
Ricky's Pick - Florida Panthers -230
Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 9:30 PM ET
The next game of the night is the Nashville Predators versus the Colorado Avalanche. Nashville has an impressive lineup, which averages 3.20 goals per game. They also only allow 3.05, which is quite impressive as well. However, the Avalanche average 3.76 goals per game, while allowing 2.83, a definite edge over the Predators. Injuries could keep the Avalanche from winning this one though, so we'll take the upset.
Ricky's Pick - Nashville Predators +250
Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames - 10:00 AM ET
The final NHL game of the night is the Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames. Dallas comes in at +180 on the Moneyline tonight with the goal total at 5.5. The main goal for the Stars will be trying to limit the effectiveness of the Flames scorers, who as a team average 3.55 goals per game. Unfortunately for them, this is quite a tall task to take on, especially on the road.
Ricky's Pick - Calgary Flames -230