Hollywood Sports' 25* 1ST ROUND TOTAL OF THE YEAR!: Frank Sawyer's Hollywood Sports has CRANKED IT UP in these wild NHL Playoffs with THREE STRAIGHT 25* WINNERS after DELIVERING his 25* play on the Rangers yesterday! Frank is on a SIZZLING 59-31 (66%) NHL run and now he UNLEASHES his Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round Total of the Year. BANK on Frank!
Game: Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils Apr 24 2012 7:35PM
Grade: Push (0)
Reason: At 7:30 PM EST on Tuesday, we will be playing Over the Total in the game between the Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. After two straight games where one team was shut out, this looks like an optimal situation to go contrarian and expect a higher scoring game. New Jersey (50-31-2-4) returns home desperate for two straight wins after losing Game Five in Florida by a 3-0 score. Look for the Devils to come out very aggressively to take control of tempo and get the Panthers resigned to play a Game Seven. This club has plenty of playoff experience who will be up to the challenge in this game. They also have plenty of scoring punch as they have four players that netted at least 30 goals in their last game. New Jersey has played 4 of their last 5 games Over the Total after failing to score more than two goals in their last game. In fact, this is a different Devils' team than in the past where they relied on their trapping defensive posture to shutdown opponents and grind out close games. This club is more offensively oriented with superstars Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. And New Jersey has question marks on defense. 39-year old goaltender Martin Brodeur has seen his best days. And without Henrik Tallinder who is on Injured-Reserve with a blood clot, the Devils are missing their best defender. In all, New Jersey's formula for success requires scoring.
Florida (41-28-7-11) rebounded from being shutout in Game Four by a 4-0 score by scoring three goals en route to their Game Five victory. While the Panthers were just 27th in scoring during the regular season, they have solid depth and plenty of veterans from other playoffs teams. After five games in this series, this club is finding ways to score. The Over is 2-0-4 in Florida's last 6 gams after allowing two goals or less in their last game. The Over is also 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against an opponent that failed to score more than two goals in their last contest. With nothing to lose in this game where stealing this game on the road closes this series out, look for the Panthers to also play aggressively in the attempt to seize the lead and really put the pressure on the Devils. Lastly, the Over is supported by an empirical contrarian angle that has been 64% effective over the last five seasons. In games with the Total set at 5, when the home team comes off a loss by at least two goals and now faces a team that played a game where no more than four total goals were scored, these games finished Over the Total in 67 of the last 105 situations where these conditions applied. 25* Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round Total of the Year with Over the Total in the game between the Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils. Best of luck for us -- Frank.