Canadiens vs. Lightning Pick – NHL May 7th

First off, I am writing this from Vegas in a sportsbook on a tablet so bear with me. Second off, are the Rangers in some deep trouble now that they are down 3-1 to the Capitals. I honestly could not fathom the Rangers getting down this much to of all teams, the Washington Capitals. I say that because the Caps are notorious for collapsing this time of year. Have a solid regular season, look good in the first round, and then look like a different team the next. Well the Caps are now a game away from knocking off the defending finalist in the finals of a year ago. You have to tip your hat to Alexander Ovechkin, who has kicked it up a notch and finally looked like himself in the playoffs. One win away from the next round, and one series away from the Stanley Cup finals.

In other news around the NHL, which is becoming oh so familiar, Tyler Johnson was the hero again in the playoffs. This time Johnson was able to score on Carey Price with around a second left to put the Canadiens on the brink of elimination. Speaking of dashed dreams, like the Rangers, the Canadiens had high hopes for this playoff. It very well could be a hard pill to swallow for Canadien fans and another long offseason. We go to that series tonight, where it is do or die for the Habs.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Going to get my pick out quickly here and walk over to the cage and make my bet. Ben Bishop’s been playing great hockey for the Lightning. Other than when he makes bone headed plays that makes you scratch your head, Bishop has been doing great. So outside of Tyler Johnson, Bishop has been the MVP for the Lightning. At this point you can’t even place Stamkos in that category, which makes the Lightning even a littler scarier because they haven’t even hit their apex yet. If Stamkos gets going you can forget about it.

Carey Price did about all he could. The Canadiens can’t depend on this guy to bail them out every night. The offense needs some serious attention for the future. Most of the time if the Habs win it was the Carey Price show. If they lose, in a lot of instances, it was the Carey Price show. I see another goaltdnding duel in game 4. Price should once again be focused and on point, and with the way Bishop has been playing it leads itself to another low scoring type of game we had last night. I will take the UNDER for my Thursday night NHL pick.