BlackJack’s Plays of the Day: Dancing with the Devils
What a day, baby! The Stanley Cup Playoffs were in full swing with some great games, including a classic in Vegas to end the night. We had a 12-inning win in Philadelphia, we had the Penguins trounce the Flyers, 7-0, and, by the way, we hit a fantastic parlay to top the night off. It was awesome. But that was yesterday. Today is a new day, and we live in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of world. Time to get back out there and re-establish dominance. Let’s get some wins!
New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning (-215)
7 p.m. ET
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I fully understand that earlier this season the Lightning looked like the consensus pick to emerge from the East to go to the Cup Finals. I understand their offense can at times be a steamroller. But I also understand they’ve been playing their worst hockey of the season over the past month or so. Their counterparts tonight, the Devils, have played their best hockey down the stretch. The Devils are a physical, defensive team that also happens to have Hart Trophy candidate Taylor Hall. And their biggest weapon might just be Keith Kinkaid in net. Kinkaid has been stellar while helping the Devils reach the playoffs. If he stays hot, the Devils could be a team that makes a run in the East. Either way, at +185 I’m taking a shot here.
THE PICK: Devils ML +185