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NHL Playoffs: Series Prices

The NHL playoffs are finally here and if you haven’t already maxed out your budget on Stanley Cup and conference futures, series prices are a fun way to get some action in every round. Below I’ll be posting my game-by-game analysis of each series and updating the odds daily.

Make sure to check back as the playoffs progress and for other futures, head over to our Stanley Cup and conference futures pages. 

Series Prices as of April 28, 2017

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators

Odds as of April 28 at Bovada

  • Rangers +130
  • Senators -150

It took a couple of wacky bounces but Erik Karlsson's goal late in the third period of Game 1 proved to be the winner. The marker may have been the Swedish blue-liner's first of the playoffs but there's no question that he and Craig Anderson have been the Senators' most valuable players so far.

If you still want to get a piece of the Sens, go for it at -150. Craig Anderson has a career .944 save percentage against the Rangers in 19 games played vs the Blueshirts and he loves suiting up at Madison Square Garden, where he's gone 7-1-1 in his last nine starts with a sparkling save percentage of .957.

Also, he earned a shutout in his only start in the Rangers' and Knicks' facility in the regular season. If the Sens win Game 2, this series is all but over.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals

Odds as of April 28 at Bovada

  • Penguins -190
  • Capitals +165

I'm not ready to admit defeat on this one just yet. Washington dominated play for most of the game in the icebreaker with Pittsburgh and really should have won. The Caps outshot the Pens by 14 in Game 1, they just couldn't bury the biscuit when push came to shove.

Marc-Andre Fleury must be praying to the right gods because he made some miraculous saves Thursday night. I don't expect that to continue and I will continue to bet the Capitals, especially at the price they're being offered. Since 1990, the Caps have lost the first game in a series at home six times and they've gone on to win three of those best-of-sevens.

Series Prices as of April 27, 2017

Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues

Odds as of April 27 at Bovada

  • Predators -250
  • Blues +210

Nashville earned a hard-fought win Wednesday night to take a 1-0 series lead in their series with the Blues but it came at a cost. Kevin Fiala, the Preds' rookie forward, slammed hard into the boards early in the second period and broke his femur, severing his femoral artery in the process. Fiala is, obviously, done for the playoffs and likely for the entirety of the 2017-18 season.

As far as the price is concerned, I don't hate the Blues at +210. They battled back from 3-1 down to tie the game at 3 and if it weren't for a bad goal at the end of the game, they probably would've taken it to overtime.

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks

Odds as of April 27 at Bovada

  • Oilers -200
  • Ducks +170

I knew Leon Draisaitl was going to be important in this series but I didn't realize he was going to be THAT important. The uber kid had four points in a 5-3 Oilers win on Wednesday night as it quickly became clear what he's capable of when most of the other team's attention is focused on Connor McDavid. 

He now has seven points in just three games played on McDavid's line and if the Ducks don't find a way to stop him, this could be a short series. I do, however, think Anaheim adjusts and takes Game 2. The Ducks were my original pick to win the series and I'm not yet wavering from that opinion.

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators

Odds as of April 27 at Bovada

  • Rangers -150
  • Senators +130

Moving a little in the favor of Ottawa since opening, the Senators' series price of +130 is still an attractive bet. The Sens have home-ice advantage and the Rangers match up poorly with them.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals

Odds as of April 27 at Bovada

  • Penguins +120
  • Capitals -140

The Caps' series price has been receiving a ton of action and books have been adjusting the line since it opened. There's not yet been any sign that Matt Murray will be able to suit up at any point in this series and Marc-Andre Fleury leaves a lot to be desired in the goal crease. I still like Washington at their adjusted -140 line.

Series Prices as of April 24, 2017

Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues

Odds as of April 24 at Bovada

  • Predators -110
  • Blues -110

Prepare yourselves for some horn tooting because I had a good first round in terms of my bets and predictions and the Blues were my main benefactors. They went 4-1 as underdogs in their series with the Wild, a best-of-seven the Notes opened as +175 dogs. I bet the Blues every single game in the first round and cashed that series price as well.

The time for getting value on the Blues, however, has passed as their series with the Predators is a virtual toss-up and will more than likely come down to whichever team’s netminder has the better set. Pekka Rinne and Jake Allen were the MVPs of their respective clubs in the opening round but I have little faith that the 34-year-old Rinne can continue to stop pucks at a .976 percentage rate.

Pick: I’m taking Blues in 7 Games.

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks

Odds as of April 24 at Bovada

  • Oilers +110
  • Ducks -130

The Ducks made the Flames look like a bunch of quacks in the first round, sweeping them out of the playoffs and extending their home-winning streak against them to 29 games. This Oilers team is the one I was anticipating the Ducks would face in the second round and if Ryan Kesler has a good series for them, I think they move on to the Western Conference finals.

Connor McDavid was shadowed by Marc-Edouard Vlasic in Round 1 and it was somewhat effective but not completely. Kesler is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the NHL and I think he shuts McDavid down – relatively speaking. The Ducks centerman was one of my picks to win the Conn Smythe and if he’s able to limit what McJesus does and Anaheim also moves on, he’ll be off to a good start.

Pick: Give me Ducks in 7 Games.

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators

Odds as of April 24 at Bovada

  • Rangers -160
  • Senators +140

Man, what the hell are books doing with the Senators? Have you not learned your lesson? They continually underestimated Ottawa in the first round, opening them as +180 underdogs in their best-of-seven against the Bruins and in all but one game in the series. I once again like the Sens here based purely on their asinine value.

If I were capping this series myself, I’d have the Sens as the +105 underdog. I give the Rangers the slight edge because of Henrik Lundqvist but with Erik Karlsson playing like he is, he could win this by himself, wonky foot and all.

Pick: Senators win this in Game 7.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals

Odds as of April 24 at Bovada

  • Penguins EVEN
  • Capitals -120

This is THE series. It’s kind of unfortunate that it’s not the Eastern Conference final, like it would have been before the NHL adopted the wild-card format, but whatever – this is the world we’re living in.

The Capitals have lost six consecutive playoff matchups against the Penguins, dating back to 1995, so the historical trends are not in their favor. What is in their favor, however, is literally everything else. Matt Murray has not started skating yet since his pre-game injury in Game 1 against the Jackets, Kris Letang is out for the season, Marc-Andre Fleury is awful, the Pens are shallow at the back end and the Capitals are the most complete hockey team in the show.

Pick: Pens can win this but only if Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin do special things. I’m picking Capitals in 5 games.

Series Prices as of April 21, 2017

New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens (Rangers lead series 3-2)

Odds as of April 21 at BetOnline

  • Rangers -300
  • Canadiens +250

Failing to get it done on home ice on Thursday night, the Habs now have a steep but climbable two-game hill to negotiate if they’re to move on to the next round to face the winner of the Senators-Bruins series that Ottawa leads 3-1 heading into Friday evening.

The hope for Montreal here comes from the Rangers’ complete inability to win hockey games at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts’ Game 4 win over the Canadiens was just their third victory on home ice in their last 12 played there and if that trend continues, they’ll be heading back to a raucous Bell Centre for the series conclusion.

San Jose Sharks vs EDMONTON Oilers (Oilers lead series 3-2)

Odds as of April 21 at Bovada

  • Sharks +265
  • Oilers -330

They may have struck gold in San Jose in Game 4, but the Sharks’ prospecting skills did not translate well to the oil-drilling field on Thursday. The home kids overcame a two-goal deficit and won the swing game in overtime to take a 3-2 lead in the series. It was David Desharnais’ first marker of the playoffs that ended the game but it was a line shift by Todd McLellan, pairing Connor McDavid with Leon Draisaitl, that made the winning difference.

I’ve never seen the German wunderkind have so much space on the ice – opened up by the threat of McDavid – and he dealt with it marvelously. The second-year natural centreman registered two assists in the game, setting up the winner, and he tallied four shots on net. Two of those shots nearly beat Martin Jones and I fully expect McLellan to roll these two together for the rest of the playoffs.

If the Sharks don’t adjust to what the Oilers are doing offensively, they won’t have to bother making another trip to oil country.

Series Prices as of April 20, 2017

Washington Capitals vs TOronto Maple Leafs (Series tied 2-2)

Odds as of April 20 at Bovada

  • Maple Leafs +210
  • Capitals -250

The Leafs are still playing with house money after dropping Game 4 and this series is going to six games or more. +210 is insanely good value for a team that’s shown it can hang – and score – with the Capitals. I’ve liked the Buds ever since they got edged in overtime in Game 1 so I’ll definitely be putting a sprinkle on Toronto here.

That said, the Caps we saw on Wednesday night were the ones we were expecting and we’re likely going to see them again on Friday.

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators (Sens Lead 3-1)

Odds as of April 20 at Bovada

  • Bruins +350
  • Senators -500

Gutsy effort from the Senators in Game 4 to drive the knife a little deeper into the hearts of the B’s. They came away with a 1-0 victory and now have a chance to close this series out on their home ice Friday night. If they lose, however, this is a whole new series – expect the Sens to throw everything, including Erik Karlsson’s kitchen sink, at Boston in Game 5.

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild (Blues Lead 3-1)

Odds as of April 20 at Bovada

  • Wild +350
  • Blues -500

If there’s a series where I could see a team coming back from 3-0 down, it’s this one. The Blues were reeling out of the gates in their mid-week matchup with the Wild in Game 4 when they should have come out looking to finish Minnesota off. St. Louis was on the back foot all night long and if Jake Allen doesn’t continue to stand on his head, the Wild could gain some traction and steamroll the notes the next three games. 

Also, the Blues will have to score a goal or two if they want to wrap this up.

Series Prices as of April 19, 2017

New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens (Series Tied 2-2)

Odds as of April 19 at Bovada

  • Rangers +135
  • Canadiens -155

Getting it done on their home ice for the first time – in a long time – the Rangers tied their first-round series with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday and this best-of-seven is now a best-of-three. Montreal will have the advantage of playing Game 5 and a potential Game 7 at the Bell Centre and because of this, the Habs have been tabbed the fave in the series.

The Canadiens offense was anemic in Game 4, playing dump and chase when they trailed late in the game, and it’s become clear that Alex Radulov will pretty much have to do all the goal-scoring for the Habs himself.

With one point in four games, Max Pacioretty needs to step up. The Canadiens captain has just 10 goals in 36 career playoff games with Montreal and if he wants to ink himself in Les Habitants history, Patches has to make his mark in the postseason and I think he has a big game in Montreal on Thursday.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens lead Series 3-1)

Odds as of April 19 at Sports Interaction

  • Blue Jackets +800
  • Penguins -3333

The Blue Jackets confidently marched to a 5-4 Game 4 win over the Penguins but with this series heading back to Pittsburgh, where the Pens have been nearly unbeatable the last two years, the fat lady should start doing her vocal exercises. 

Despite being severely outplayed and outshot on Tuesday, the Pens stuck around all night and had a chance to tie the game at the end. These guys are gamers and Mike Sullivan has them motivated to go after another Cup. Ink them into the next round.

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers (Series Tied 2-2)

Odds as of April 19 at Bovada

  • Sharks EVEN
  • Oilers -120

Are you there, Oilers? It’s me, Margaret. Not really sure what happened to Edmonton on Tuesday night but the Sharks woke up and they worked up a pretty good appetite in their slumber, feasting on Cam Talbot to the tune of five goals before the Oilers’ No. 1 man was yanked.

A strange effort from Talbot after two straight shutouts but maybe the rest he received in the third period of the blowout was just what the doctor ordered. 

I still like the Oilers to win this series but it looks like they’ll now have to do it in seven games.

Series Prices as of April 18, 2017

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals (Leafs lead Series 2-1)

Odds as of April 18 at Bovada

  • Capitals -125
  • Maple Leafs +105

I don’t believe in God, I believe in Dart Guy. Ever since the public was introduced to the Maple Leaf-clad nicotine enthusiast, Toronto has gone 2-0 and taken the lead in a series previously thought to be unwinnable. Most fans and prognosticators alike had the Caps taking this best-of-seven in four or five games – myself included – but with Toronto taking two of the first three, it’s going to at least six games unless, that is, the Leafs win out.

Hopefully you got on Toronto when they were 6/1 after taking Washington to overtime in Game 1 but there’s still time to bet on the Buds if you be-Leaf. Here’s hoping this series ends quickly, my heart can’t handle all this overtime.

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators (Sens lead Series 2-1)

Odds as of April 18 at Bovada

  • Bruins +140
  • Senators -160

Although they tried their hardest to blow it Monday night, the Senators won Game 3 in overtime – thanks to a questionable penalty call – and have flipped this series’ opening odds upside down. Erik Karlsson, who was questionable coming into the series, was masterful in the victory and has looked better and better every game. 

I tend to think that the Bruins will tie the series up at twos in Game 4 at the TD Garden tomorrow, putting the series back on serve. I’m still taking the Sens in seven games, however, so I’d suggest waiting a game if you think Ottawa takes it.

Anaheim DUcks vs Calgary Flames (Ducks Lead Series 3-0)

Odds as of April 18 at Bovada

  • Ducks -2500
  • Flames +1200

The Flames finished what the Senators started last night by blowing an enormous lead and with a now three-game hole to climb out of – this series is donezo.

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks (Preds Lead Series 3-0)

Odds as of April 18 at Bovada

  • Predators -1400
  • Blackhawks +750

Despite facing the same series deficit as the Flames (and having one fewer home game at their disposal) the Blackhawks are offering almost half the value that Calgary is. If you have a large pile of money and have nowhere to put it, you might be wise to place it on a Preds’ series futures bet. It is tax return season, after all.

A $1000 series bet on Nashville will net you a profit of $70 and considering most high-interest savings accounts offer three to four percent growth, the seven percent rate you're getting here seems pretty good. The Preds have two home games to finish this job and only four teams (2.2 percent) of all teams that have ever gone down 3-0 have come back.

Series Prices as of April 16, 2017

New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Rangers +100
  • Canadiens -120

I'm standing firm with my prediction of Habs in 6 after their overtime win in Game 2. The series will now swing to New York for two games and Blueshirt backers should be scared. Madison Square Garden has been a hellscape for the Rangers of late as they've lost eight of their last 10 games there.

I expect the Canadiens to take at least one of these next two games in Manhattan and ride the momentum gained in their comeback win in Game 2 to a series victory.

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators (Series tied 1-1)

Odds as of April 16  at BetOnline

  • Bruins -190
  • Senators +165

I'll be honest, when the Sens were down 3-1 in Game 2, I thought the series was over. They proved me flat wrong, however, and scored three consecutive goals to even the series at one game apiece. I'm going back with my original prediction of Senators in seven games here, the value is too good to pass up.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Penguins lead 2-0)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Blue Jackets +525
  • Penguins -675

My prediction for this series was Penguins in 6 but it looks like it could wrap up much sooner than that. Despite getting outshot in the series so far, the Pens have dominated play and gotten the better of the chances. Marc-Andre Fleury looks like the goaltender who won his first Stanley Cup in 2009 and Sidney Crosby is on fire. 

That said, Pittsburgh is awful on the road and Columbus could climb back in the series if Officer Bob slams the door shut these next two games. Only 13 of the 88 teams since the 2004-05 lockout who have dug themselves a two-game hole, however, have gone on to win the series so odds are incredibly slim that happens here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals (Series tied 1-1)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Maple Leafs +240
  • Capitals -285

Here we go again. The Capitals are making things much harder on themselves than necessary in the first round and with their series with the Leafs heading back to Toronto tied 1-1, you're within your right to worry.

I suggested taking advantage of Toronto's 6/1 series price before Game 2 because of the value and if you did, these next few games should be pretty damn fun for you.

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild (Blues Lead 2-0)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Blues -280
  • Wild +235

I'll eat a whole bunch of humble pie if the Blues wind up losing this series but for now I'm going to do the complete opposite and say I told you so. Everyone underestimated this St. Lou squad and I'm just sitting in my corner laughing hysterically.

The Blues have been underdogs at every turn this postseason and if you've been betting them, you're laughing right along with me.

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers (Series Tied 1-1)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Sharks -118
  • Oilers -102

This series has been awesome so far and that should continue as it's got seven-gamer written all over it. The Oilers were a completely different team in both of the first two games and I personally cannot wait to see what squad shows up in Game 3 at the Shark Tank.

There's no wrong answer here in series betting. It's a cliche but either team could win this and I have no strong feeling in any direction. That said, if the Oilers continue to limit the Sharks to fewer than 20 shots, they'll win it in 6 or 7.

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks (Predators lead 2-0)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Predators -370
  • Blackhawks +310

Hilarious effort from the Blackhawks so far. If you bet them to win the Stanley Cup at any point this season at their disgustingly low prices, this looks great on you. I begged all season that you steer clear of any team being offered at 5/1 or worse before the playoffs because of this situation exactly. Everything evens out when the postseason gets underway and good teams like the 'Hawks like to crap their pants.

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks (Ducks lead 2-0)

Odds as of April 16 at BetOnline

  • Flames +475
  • Ducks -600

Anaheim continues to be the Flames' kryptonite after their 29th consecutive loss there last night and my faith that they can win this series is completely extinguished. They may squeak out a game in Calgary but it looks like they may never beat the Ducks in the O.C. again. The pilot light on the Flames' season is flickering and the propane is running low. Like I said last week, Ducks in 5.

Series Prices as of April 14, 2017

Washington Capitals vs Toronto Maple Leafs (Capitals lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 14 at BetOnline

  • Maple Leafs +600
  • Capitals -800

I know what I said about this series but come on, that first game was incredible and I’m actually giving the Maple Leafs a chance here – especially at +600 odds. Is it a long shot? Yes. Will it hit? Probably not, but Toronto gave me hope by taking the mighty Capitals to overtime and I’ll have a little poke with this kind of value.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators (Predators lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 14 at BetOnline

  • Blackhawks +110
  • Predators -130

You show me one person who says they predicted Pekka Rinne would shut the Blackhawks out at the United Center and I’ll show you a liar. Take the Blackhawks at +110, this series isn’t even close to being over.

Anaheim ducks vs Calgary FlameS  (Ducks lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 14 at BetOnline

  • Flames +250
  • Ducks -300

All of the eight games so far, including the Ducks’ first against the Flames, have been competitive so far but Calgary is in deep shit now. By the end of this series, the Flames will more than likely take their losing streak in Anaheim to 30 games – given they don’t get swept – as I just don’t see them getting by the Ducks at the pond.

Series Prices as of April 13, 2017

New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens (Rangers lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 13 at BetOnline

  • Rangers -175
  • Canadiens +155

Henrik Lundqvist led the Rangers to the Game 1 upset victory over the Canadiens and New York has taken over the title as the favorite in this series. Since the 2005 lockout, the winner of Game 1 in the first round has gone on to win the series 69.3 percent of the time but this could be one that falls in the other 30.7 percent. 

The Rangers are much better on the road than they are at home and if Montreal wins Game 2, I think the Habs have a good shot at winning the series. I don’t hate the Canadiens in this spot.

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators (Bruins lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 13 at BetOnline

  • Bruins -400
  • Senators +330

The odds would make you think that this series between the Sens and B’s is over but that’s simply not the case. Their first battle was a tight contest that Ottawa really should have won. The Sens had countless scoring chances fall flat and they managed to hold the Bruins to zero shots during a 25-minute stretch in the middle of the game.

I’m starting to lose a little faith, but this series is far from done, take the value.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Penguins lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 13 at BetOnline

  • Blue Jackets +250
  • Penguins -300

My projection for this series is coming to fruition. Hopefully, you got on the Pens’ line before this series began as I think the Jackets’ demise is inevitable. -300 is a tough line to bet if you’re playing low stakes but if you’ve got some money to throw around, it seems like a lock.

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild (Blues lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 13 at BetOnline

  • Blues -125
  • Wild +105

Despite getting heavily outplayed in Game 1, the Blues took the series lead in Minnesota thanks to Jake Allen and his 51-save performance. After having their shot total doubled by the Wild, I’m a little worried about the Blues going forward and although I really liked them coming into the playoffs, it’s tough to rely on a goalie standing on his head for an entire series.

That said, the road team has won Game 1 in a first-round series seven times since the NHL switched to the wild-card format and has converted that into a series victory 70 percent of the time.

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers (Sharks lead 1-0)

Odds as of April 13 at BetOnline

  • Sharks -170
  • Oilers +150

The Oilers were soundly beaten in the final two periods of their first game with the Sharks and that was without having to face Joe Thornton. They came out flying in the first period but gave up a two-goal lead and blew the game in overtime. 

Maybe they were shook by the moment or maybe it just took the Sharks a period to warm up. Either way, I’m not nearly as hot on the Oilers as I was a day ago.

Series Prices as of April 12, 2017

New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Rangers +110
  • Canadiens -130

The Rangers are likely a better team than either of the Bruins or Senators and that makes this an interesting matchup. Montreal swept the Blueshirts in their three-game series in the regular season and hold advantages in many key areas, including goaltending, defending and team Corsi for. This one isn’t as close as it appears on paper. Pick: Canadiens in 6

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Bruins -210
  • Senators +180

Going 11-29 straight up against teams that made the playoffs this year, the Bruins are not for real. The Senators blew them out of the water in their season matchup – sweeping the B’s 4-0 while outscoring them 12-6 and going 4-0 on the puckline. If Erik Karlsson is healthy and playing 30 minutes a night, the Sens are an excellent value bet. Pick: Senators in 7

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Blue Jackets +132
  • Penguins -152

This series will come down to how well Sergei Bobrovsky plays. He’s been one of the best players of the second half of the season but he could be fatigued and the Blue Jackets were one of the worst teams in the final 10 games of the campaign, losing seven of their final eight games. Bob steals a couple of games for the Jackets but, ultimately, their playoff woes continue and the Penguins limp into the second round to meet the Capitals. Pick: Penguins in 6

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Maple Leafs +330
  • Capitals -400

Not much analysis is needed here. Don’t be the idiot who picks the Maple Leafs. Yes, I’m talking to you, Toronto fans. Pick: Caps in 5

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Blues +175
  • Wild -205

St. Louis is the best team no one is talking about. The Blues come into the playoffs scorching hot, with two goalies who are both playing out of their minds. Additionally, they were the best defensive club in the second half of the season, giving up an average of just 1.88 goals per game in their 32 games after the all-star break.

If you eliminate the Wild’s four-game winning streak at the end of the season, they were godawful down the stretch and just like the Blue Jackets, I think this expansion franchise gets the early boot. Pick: Blues in 6

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Sharks +120
  • Oilers -140

The Oilers came incredibly close to stealing the division crown from the Ducks but Anaheim managed to hold on and, realistically, I think it worked out for everyone involved – except the Flames. Edmonton now takes on a Sharks team that since March 16 has been possibly the worst playoff team in the league, going 4-9 straight up.

Edmonton was excellent against division opponents all season with a 20-6-3 overall record and with Connor McDavid at the helm, anything is possible. Pick: Oilers in 7

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Predators +145
  • Blackhawks -165

Although I’m still not sold on the Blackhawks, they probably win this series. The ’Hawks dominated the Predators when they played them this season (4-1 straight up with an average of four goals scored for per game) and have proved me wrong at every corner so far. It hurts me badly to do this but I have to. Pick: Blackhawks in 5

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

Odds as of April 12 at BetOnline

  • Flames +135
  • Ducks -155

I love the Flames, just not against the Ducks. They haven’t won a game in Anaheim since 2006 (a span of 27 straight games) and went 1-4 straight up and on the puckline against the quackers in the regular season. Calgary is well on its way to being an established team capable of making deep runs but they’re not quite there. Try again next year, boys. Pick: Ducks in 5