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First Round Predictions 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs  interest swings to the Edmonton Oilers as the Sharks try to defend home turf. The Wild will try to avoid early elimination. And the Rangers get ready to defend their home ice. Keep reading to get these first round predictions of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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First Round Predictions 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game Four Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks

  • When: April 18, 2017, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: SAP Center at San Jose
  • Moneyline: Sharks -125 vs Oilers +113
  • Over/Under: 5

Analysis: It was a hard-earned win for the Oilers in Game 3, but they’re one step closer to making it through to the next round. The series heads to Edmonton next after this game; the Oilers have a shot at practically sealing its ticket forward with a win tonight and if its defense holds up, I believe they will win this game. Oilers goalie Cam Talbot has done a fantastic job between the pipes, stopping San Jose’s 23 shots in the third game and posted a back-to-back shutout from Game 2. I don’t see San Jose pressuring Talbot enough; Sharks’ shooters only put up 16 shots in Game 2 and did better in Game 3 but it’s still not enough to crack to Edmonton’s defenses.

Game Prediction: San Jose’s shooters come to life on power play opportunities and even out the series. Sharks win.

Game Four Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues

  • When: April 19, 2017, 9:30 PM ET
  • Where: Bridgestone Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Moneyline: Minnesota -105 vs St. Louis -105
  • Over/Under: 5

Analysis: The Wild is on the brink of another early elimination. Minnesota is down three games and faces a Blues team that’s determined to close things out. The Blues’ defense has been superb with goalie Jake Allen leading the way; Allen saved 114 of 117 shots faced in this series and he’ll likely do well in this game. Coupled with an effective offense led by Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues can seal the deal. If Minnesota’s top shooters, Eric Staal, Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, and Jason Zucker, are not effective at finding the back of the net tonight it’s game over for the Wild.

Game Prediction: St. Louis wins and passes through.

Game Four Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers

  • When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden — New York
  • Moneyline: Canadiens -110 vs Rangers +100 
  • Over/Under: 5

Analysis: Madison Square Garden doesn’t offer anything soothing for the Rangers and now New York is down a game in this series. If Canadiens Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov get into the thick of things, they should be able to create many opportunities to crack through Henrik Lundqvist’s defenses. Lundqvist has 111 saves in the series, including 54 in the second game, but there’s only so much he can handle.

Game Prediction: Canadiens win 3-2.