Two seasons are all set to start tonight: the 2013 MLB postseason and the 2013 NHL Regular Season.
To kick things off in MLB, the NL Wild Card will be decided by two NL Central rivals eager to settle old scores. In the NHL, the defending champions are welcomed home by a rowdy Russian.
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Cincinnati Reds (+127) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (-137) O/U: 6.5 (8:07 PM ET)
Pitching Match-up: Johnny Cueto (5-2, 2.82 ERA) vs Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02 ERA)
Cincinnati doesn’t enter the Wild Card game in great form; the Reds lost their last five games of the regular season. They also lost ace Mat Latos, who was supposed to start this game, due to an elbow injury. Johnny Cueto will now take to the mound in his place. Despite their recent struggles, the Reds are 5-1 in their last 6 road games. [sc:MLB240banner ]
The Pirates are coming off a three-game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati in the final game of the season. Pittsbugh will call on Francisco Liriano to start the franchise’s first playoff game in over two decades. The Pirates have had good success with Liriano on the mound. The Pirates are an impressive 7-1 in Liriano’s last 8 home starts.
Washington Capitals (+155) vs Chicago Blackhawks (-175); O/U: 5.5
Last season’s champions the Chicago Blackhawks, begin their defense of the Stanley Cup when they host the Washington Capitals.
Conn Smyth winner Patrick Kane will once again lead the Blackhawks attack which ranked second in the league with 3.10 goals per game last season. Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home.
The Blackhawks will face a tough opening test with the Southeast Division champion Capitals. Reigning league MVP Alex Ovechkin and running mate Nicklas Backstrom will be out to spoil the Blackhawks’ day. The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington’s last 10 games on the road.[sc:NHL490 ]
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