Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and NHL Previews and Odds - 05/17/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card continues the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and Major League Baseball.

Three games are on tap in the NHL. The slate begins at 7:30 PM ET on the NBC Sports Network, with Washington hosting Boston in the second game of their East Division Series. The Capitals won the opener on Saturday with a 3-2 victory in overtime. Tom Wilson began the scoring for the home team, 6:22 minutes into the first period. Jake DeBrusk evened the score for the Bruins just under seven minutes later. Brenden Dillon gave the Caps a 2-1 lead at the 8:44 mark of the second period. Nick Ritchie squared things up again on the power play a little under eight minutes later. After a scoreless third period, the game went into overtime when Nic Dowd scored the game-winner for Washington, 4:41 minutes into the extra period. 

The Capitals lost their starting goaltender in the first period after Vitek Vanecek injured his groin. Craig Anderson came on in relief to stop 21 of 22 shots to help Washington take the 1-0 lead in the series. The veteran celebrates his fortieth birthday on Friday, and he will likely get the start on Monday with Vanacek day-to-day. Ilya Samsonov has been cleared from COVID quarantine protocols but is unlikely to dress until he gets back into game shape. Phoenix Copley will likely be called up from the taxi squad to serve as the backup goaltender. 

Boston is a -129 money line road favorite with the total set at 5.5 (all odds from BetOnline). 

Carolina plays at home against Nashville on CNBC at 8 PM ET in the opening game of their Central Division playoff series. The Predators have won six of their last eight games after defeating the Hurricanes, 5-0, last Monday. Carolina has lost three games in a row, although they rested their starters after clinching first place in the division. The Hurricanes are a -179 money line favorite with an over/under of 5.

Colorado is at home against St. Louis on the NBC Sports Network at 10 PM ET in the first game of their West Division playoff series. The Avalanche have won five in a row after a 5-1 victory against Los Angeles on Thursday. The Blues have won three games in a row after their 7-3 victory against Minnesota on Thursday. Colorado is a -265 money line favorite with the total at 5.5. 

Nine games are on the MLB schedule. The card begins at 6:40 PM ET, with Cincinnati hosting San Francisco as a -135 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. 

Atlanta plays at home against the New York Mets on ESPN at 7:10 PM ET. The Braves had their two-game winning streak end on Sunday in a 10-9 loss at Milwaukee. The Mets lost their third in a row after their 7-1 defeat at Tampa Bay yesterday. Atlanta is a -126 money line favorite with the total at 8.  

The New York Yankees travel to Texas at 8:05 PM ET as a -272 money line road favorite with the total at 8. The Los Angeles Angels are at home against Cleveland as a -136 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. 

Three games close out the MLB card at 10:10 PM ET. The Los Angeles Dodgers host Arizona as a -192 money line favorite with the total at 7. San Diego plays at home against Colorado as a -190 money line favorite at BookMaker with an over/under of 7. San Diego is at home against Detroit as a -155 money line favorite with the total at 8.

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