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NHL Picks: May 14

By Ryan Nadrajan

Oh boy, the most wonderful time of the year will turn out to be one of the most dreadful times of the year for three teams and their fan bases today. There’s nothing like playoff hockey and there’s nothing like a game seven.

18 Years. We all know, that for the Toronto Maple Leafs today will mark the opportunity to advance to the second round for the first time since 2004. The Leafs have now gone 0-8 in elimination games since then. The Scotiabank Arena and the city of Toronto are ready to erupt, and if they play as they did in game 6, I am confident in the group to finally slay the first-round dragon and spoil the defending champions’ back-to-back-to-back aspirations.

The officiating in this series has been abysmal and one cannot predict what will be called and what will be let go. The zebra show will more than likely continue and the parade to the penalty box may well be the deciding factor of the series. All year these two teams have alternated wins and losses and if you’re a Leafs fan you’re hoping this trend continues.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made former Vezina trophy Andrei Vasilevskiy seem not like his usual self in the series. The numbers haven’t been what we have been accustomed to, with only a .885 SV% and a 3.37 GAA.  I don’t think Toronto will have issues putting the puck in the net. Auston Matthews and company are ready and the Maple Leafs will come out all cylinders firing and if they can ride the momentum and avoid early trips to the penalty box I believe we can see a game similar to game 1. This core group knows that this might be their last chance to right the wrongs of the previous years’ playoffs miseries.

Pick:  Toronto Maple Leafs - 116 (Coolbet)

Other games worth betting on:

Auston Matthews Over 4.5 Shots - 133 (Betway) - “We just got to put our balls on the line and go for it” - Auston Matthews. Enough Said

Edmonton Oilers -1.5 +114  (Bet99) - Conor McDavid and Leon Draisatl are facing just as much pressure as the Leafs are to get over the hump. Their skill along with the streaking Evander Kane should be enough to drown the Los Angeles Kings at home.

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