Vegas Writer's Daily Recap - May 5, 2023

by Vegas Writer

Friday, May 05, 2023
The Toronto Maple Leafs we've come to appreciate have reared their choking heads.

After making the second round for the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Maple Leafs find themselves down 0-2 in their Conference Semifinal against the Florida Panthers, who took Game 2 with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

Fact is, Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been the better netminder in the series, and if the Maple Leafs can't solve him in Sunrise, Fla., this series isn't going back to Toronto.

With Dallas beating Seattle 4-2 to knot their series 1-1, road teams head into Friday on a 34-22 roll in the NHL Playoffs.

Florida has been one of the most impressive road teams in the postseason, including three victories at the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins. Now 5-0 on the highway, the Panthers find themselves on the other side of the docket, having to defend home ice. Game 3 on Sunday. Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday.

With their win, the Panthers helped improve underdogs to a 27-29 mark in the postseason, with a $100 wager on the pups turning a profit of roughly $800.

The Over was 26-23-1 in the first round, but after the totals split last night the Under is now on 16-10 run. The record for Overs in the NHL postseason is now at 30-25-1.

Neither game on Thursday went into overtime, leaving the overall tally at 15 overtime games this postseason. Road teams are 12-3 in those games.

In the NBA, only one game on the card and the defending champion Golden State Warriors made the Los Angeles Lakers look their age in a 127-100 victory to salvage the two-game set in San Francisco.

The series now shifts to Los Angeles for the weekend, with the Lakers hoping to push the champs to the brink.

Two games on the card today, with the Boston Celtics visiting the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in the Valley of Sun to play the Phoenix Suns,.

On the MLB diamond, six of the 10 underdogs cashed tickets, including one of the biggest on the schedule with the Red Sox completing the sweep of the Blue Jays.

Boston's offense has come to life at the right time, as they head to Philadelphia to face the defending National League champion Phillies, who return after a West Coast road trip.

Full slate of action for baseball on Friday.

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