An intriguing first round matchup in which the Washington Capitals are favorites to eliminate the New York Islanders.
The two sides tied their regular season series 2-2 and will both be feeling confident of advancing through to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Lock: Total goals: Over 5.5 (+120*)
Moneyline: Capitals (-133*)
Puck line: Islanders +1.5 (-225*)
Total goals: Over 5.5 (+120*) has a 52% probability
Our data suggests that this one has a good chance of getting to at least 6 goals and with plus money on offer, this is our pick of the game.
Moneyline: Capitals (-133*) has a 56% probability
The Capitals are favorites both for the series and for this game, and our projections agree, making them the play at the ML.
Puck line: Islanders +1.5 (-225*) has a 66% probability
Whilst the Caps are rightfully favorites with the sportsbooks, our model really likes the Islanders to cover as the dogs in Game 1.
Our computer sees this one going in a similar way as the sportsbooks do, with the Capitals taking out what should be a tight first game of the series.
*Odds and percentages correct at time of publishing.