The Vancouver Canucks will be desperate for a win to avoid elimination from this year’s NHL playoffs when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their second-round series as lengthy +190 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Vancouver was unable to protect the one-goal lead it took into the third period of Game 4 on Sunday night, surrendering three unanswered goals on the way to a 5-3 loss that leaves the club trailing 3-1 in the series going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Rogers Place.
Now pegged as heavy +2000 underdogs on the NHL playoff series prices to rebound and eventually knock off Vegas, the Canucks do enjoy one advantage going into Game 5. While home-ice advantage has been diminished to footnote status for teams playing on the neutral ice at Rogers Place and Scotiabank Arena, the Canucks have emerged as road warriors inside the NHL bubble; Vancouver has racked up a 5-1 record while playing as the road team during this postseason.
Poised to return to the Western Conference Final for the second time in three years, the Golden Knights look to Game 5 as strong -230 chalk. Vegas pushed the Canucks to the brink of elimination thanks to strong offensive performances from their best players, with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone combining to tally six points in Sunday’s Game 4 win.
Now set as -15000 favourites on the series prices, the Golden Knights have also emerged as a short -275 wager to end the series with a win on Tuesday night. However, Vegas sports a meagre 1-4 record in its past five outings when poised to win a playoff series.
Earlier on Tuesday night, the New York Islanders will be looking to clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1993 when they face off against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of that series as slim -120 favourites at betting sites.
The Islanders needed a stellar performance from goaltender Thomas Greiss, and a pair of timely third-period goals, to claim a 3-2 victory in Game 4, and now sport short -1400 odds on the series prices.
Listed as a +100 wager for Game 5, the Flyers are desperate to rediscover their offensive touch. Philadelphia has scored just seven goals in this series, and just 1.80 goals per game since the beginning of the first round, fueling a steady 11-2-3 run for the UNDER in totals betting over its past 16 contests.