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NHL Playoffs: Stanley Cup Final Series Price

The war for the right to hoist Lord Stanley’s mug has reached its pinnacle and with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators doing battle in the Stanley Cup final, your time to bet on the NHL is swiftly running out.

I’ll be updating the Stanley Cup final series price page after every game to give you the most current betting lines for the biggest best-of-seven of the NHL’s centennial season.

Why the Nashville Predators win the Cup.

Why the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Cup. 

Stanley Cup Final Series Price as of June 9, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens lead 3-2)

Odds as of June 9 at BetOnline

  • Predators +310
  • Penguins -370

Pekka Rinne and the Predators were completely undone in Game 5 of the Cup final in Pittsburgh, getting shut out 6-0, and they’ll now return to Nashville looking to defend home ice for the 10th time in 11 games there this postseason. 

Matt Murray posted a 24-save shutout in the contest and continued the trend that’s seen goalies perform phenomenally at home and horribly on the road in this best-of-seven.

Speaking of home teams, they’ve been insanely dominant this series and road teams have now been outscored 24-6 through five games. At this point, it’s starting to look like this series is destined for a seventh game and if the trends continue for two more games, the Pens will be hoisting their second straight Cup in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Stanley Cup Final Series Price as of June 8, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Series tied 2-2)

Odds as of June 8 at Bovada

  • Predators +115
  • Penguins -135

Nashville managed to hold serve at home, beating the Penguins by an aggregate score of 9-2 in its own barn to bring the Stanley Cup final back on level ground. The series is now a best-of-three and the ball is back in the Penguins’ court for Game 5.

With victory in Smashville looking incredibly unlikely for the Pens at this point, they’ll have the pressure squarely on their shoulders Thursday because if they blow it, they’ll be up against the elimination wall for the third time this postseason.

The Preds are now 9-1 straight up in their home building in the playoffs and Pekka Rinne has been nearly unbeatable there, stopping all but two of the Penguins’ 50 shots in Game 3 and 4.

Stanley Cup Final Series Price as of June 5, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens Lead 2-1)

Odds as of June 5 at Bovada

  • Predators +170
  • Penguins -200

Coming through on their promise of victory in Game 3, P.K. and the Predators are primed to keep the ball rolling in their home building where they are now 8-1 straight up this postseason, outscoring their opponents 30-14. 

Pekka Rinne has a .949 save percentage at Bridgestone Arena in the playoffs and after an excellent performance on Saturday, it looks like he cured what's been ailing him. Nashville has been giving their No. 1 netminder plenty of offensive support over the course of this Cup campaign so if he continues his stellar play in Smashville, it's likely this thing heads back to the 'Burgh tied at two games each.

If that happens, the pressure will shift immediately back to the Penguins. Pittsburgh has been heavily outplayed for the majority of this series and another loss in Nashville tonight would put the Pens in a bad spot.

Stanley Cup Final Series Price as of June 2, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens Lead 2-0)

Odds as of June 2 at Bovada

  • Predators +350
  • Penguins -500

Promising victory in Game 3, P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators will certainly be feeling the pressure on Saturday when they look to avoid an irrevocable 3-0 series deficit. The odds are now stacked heavily against the Preds but given their record at home so far this postseason (7-1) this one's not over by a long stretch.

If Pekka Rinne doesn't do some crack-filling between now and Saturday, however, this could be wrapped up in a hurry. The Finn has now gotten worse in every playoff series this postseason and he could be yanked in favor of his Finnish understudy, Juuse Saros.

Stanley Cup Final Series Price as of May 31, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens Lead 1-0)

Odds as of May 31 at Bovada

  • Predators +200
  • Penguins -240

It wouldn't be a Stanley Cup final without some controversy and Game 1 between the Pens and Preds was not without its own unique brand of contention. Nashville scored the icebreaker but due to a coach's challenge from Mike Sullivan, P.K. Subban's goal was disallowed on a sketchy retroactive offside call.

The Preds temporarily lost their minds after the goal was waved off and almost immediately took two penalties to give the Pens a five-on-three, which they promptly scored on. Two more goals in the first stanza (one that ricocheted off a Preds' d-man) put a dagger in the Preds' Game 1 hopes and their comeback attempt fell just short.

For Nashville backers, the trends are not good. Since 2001, the road team has won Game 2 just two of 11 times after losing Game 1. That being said, I truly believe that this series won't be decided until one team loses a game on home ice and if Nashville takes Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh, the Sabrecats will be right back in the series.

Stanley Cup Final Series Price as of May 26, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Odds as of May 26 at Bovada

  • Predators +135
  • Penguins -155

Ready to cap off one of the most exciting Stanley Cup playoffs in recent memory, the Pens and Preds will engage on Monday with a significant gap in the series odds. Sportsbooks are giving the defending champions the extreme benefit of the doubt and I'm a little confused on why.

The Pens have now played two consecutive seven-game series and they're still suffering some serious injury concerns.

The Predators, however, will have had a week of recovery by the time the puck drops on Game 1 and also have much less hockey on their legs than the Pens do. Pittsburgh has played more games in the last two seasons than any other team and its diminished roster is a good example of what this kind of success can do to a team.

Sidney Crosby has never been great in a Stanley Cup final but he'll have to be against the Preds if he wants to captain the first team since the 1998 Red Wings to win two consecutive Cups.

Series Prices as of May 22, 2017

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens Lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 22 at BetOnline

  • Senators +535
  • Penguins -700

Matt Murray has reclaimed his starting gig in the Penguins crease and after going 2-0 and stopping 68 of 71 shots since relieving Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 3, it looks like the job is his to lose. He kept a clean sheet in the Pens’ 7-0 victory in Game 5 and the Sens look like they’ve lost all of their confidence.

All that said, the price they are currently being offered at is ludicrous. Ottawa has proved us wrong at every turn this postseason and I fully expect the Sens to level the series and send it to a seventh game in Pittsburgh.

Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks (Preds lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 22 at BetOnline

  • Predators -335
  • Ducks +280

Looking to stick yet another feather in their filling caps, the Predators can win their series with the Ducks on Monday evening and move on to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in their 19-year tenure in the NHL. 

If you’re looking to bet on the Preds, however, you’re much better off just betting game to game. True, you’ll get two chances to cash this bet if you take Nashville but you’re losing way too much value to make it a very profitable venture.

I’m leaning toward the Ducks in Game 6, making their +280 price a decent one considering they’ll be playing Game 7 at the Duck Pond in Anaheim.

Series Prices as of May 17, 2017

Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks (Preds lead 2-1)

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • Predators -285
  • Ducks +240

John Gibson should be presented a medal of honor after that heroic performance Tuesday night. He stopped 38 of the Predators’ 40 shots but it was not enough for a win. The Ducks managed just 20 shots themselves and they couldn’t hold on to the lead provided to them by Corey Perry in the second period.

Nashville is now 4-1 straight up this postseason when not scoring the game’s first goal, making them a team impossible to rule out. 

That said, the Ducks came back from 2-0 down in their series with the Oilers last round and should not be buried just yet. True, they’ve been pretty soundly outplayed all series but as we’ve seen from the quackers, their performance can change at the drop of a feather.

Series Prices as of May 16, 2017

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Series Tied 1-1)

Odds as of May 16 at Bovada

  • Penguins -220
  • Senators +180

The Senators looked asleep for most of their 1-0 loss to the Penguins last night and if I’m Guy Boucher, I’m checking the water bottles for traces of Ambien. Ottawa at one point went 19 minutes without a shot on goal and it wasn’t until the final three minutes that the Sens were able to mount any kind of sustained pressure.

On a positive note, they held the Penguins to just one goal and they managed to weaken an already diminished lineup by taking out Bryan Rust and Justin Schultz. Ottawa’s grinding style is going to wear on Pittsburgh over the course of this series and the longer it goes on, the more I like the Sens.

Although the crowd hasn’t been awesome, the Sens have been cruising at home, winning their last three games there, and I expect that trend to continue. +180 for Ottawa is a great price when you consider how flimsily held together this Pens roster is right now.

Series Prices as of May 15, 2017

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Sens Lead 1-0)

Odds as of May 15 at Bovada

  • Penguins -140
  • Senators +120

Continuing to clean house as the underdog, the Ottawa Senators took a 1-0 lead in their series with the Penguins and in doing so they halved their odds to win the best-of-seven. Not many people were giving the Sens a chance in this one and that's evident by their +120 odds to move on to the Cup final despite putting the Penguins in their first playoff series deficit since they went down 1-0 to the Lightning in last year's Eastern Conference final.

Not only did the Sens win Game 1, they dominated. They outshot the Penguins by 18 during five-on-five play and if it weren't for Marc-Andre Fleury once again doing magic tricks in the blue paint, the Sens would have rolled.

As best put by Sens forward Bobby Ryan in a recent Players' Tribune article, "Why not us? Why not now?" After that performance in the opener, I'm turning into a believer.

Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks (Series Tied 1-1)

Odds as of May 15 at BetOnline

  • Predators -135
  • Ducks +115

Like they've grown accustomed to doing this postseason, the Ducks overcame an early large deficit on Sunday night to bring their series with the Preds to one game apiece. The 5-3 result marked the Ducks' fifth comeback victory this postseason, making them a team you can absolutely not count out.

That being said, I still like the Preds in this best-of-seven. Pekka Rinne was bad on Sunday for the first time in the Preds' current playoff run and I expect him to rebound well in Smashville. This is likely the best price you're going to get on the Sabrecats if they take the first game on home ice so I'd get on it now if you plan on it.

Series Prices as of May 11, 2017

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins 

Odds as of May 11 at Bovada

  • Penguins -300
  • Senators +250

After the Penguins’ performance against the Capitals, I may have to start handicapping "heart". They once again got past their division rivals despite a litany of negative factors affecting them and opened as enormous favorites over the Ottawa Senators in series prices. 

Pittsburgh has the clear edge up front in this matchup but I have a lot more faith in the Sens than books and other pundits do right now. They’ve pulled off two consecutive underdog series wins and are now an incredible 8-3 straight up as moneyline underdogs. I’ll probably be saving my coin for game-to-game betting, however, as they opened Game 1 in Pittsburgh as +180 dogs. This will be a theme throughout the best-of-seven and if you pick your spots correctly, it could pay off handsomely.

Pick: I think the Pens’ experience and front-end skill gets it done here, I’ll take Pittsburgh in 7.

Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks

Odds as of May 11 at Bovada

  • Nashville Predators -125
  • Anaheim Ducks +105

Anaheim managed to handle the Oilers on home ice on Wednesday night to break a streak of five straight losses in Game 7s and the Ducks will have the pleasure of meeting a Predators team in the Western Conference final that’s had a lot of time to rest up. 

This should be a gritty series with two excellent blue-line corps going head-to-head but I’m giving the edge to Nashville. Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and PK Subban have been three of the best 10 players this postseason and if they’re good again this series, the Preds could walk over the Ducks.

Pick: The Preds are for real and Pekka Rinne is locked in, let’s go Nashville in 6.

Series Prices as of May 9, 2017

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators (Sens lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 9 at Bovada

  • Rangers +185
  • Senators -225

Not a ton of movement here since Monday but a little money has come in on the Rangers. It's tough to see the Sens blowing it at this point but as we've seen this round, teams have been struggling to put the final daggers in their series, going 1-4 straight up in elimination games.

Combine that trend with the one that's seen the visiting team go 0-7 SU in the last 7 matchups between the Rangers and Senators and it looks pretty likely this thing goes to a seventh and final game.

Series Prices as of May 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals (Pens lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 8 at Bovada

  • Pens -240
  • Capitals +200

Washington took the first of three steps on Saturday night, winning Game 5, but the Caps face their stiffest test Monday night when they take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh with their tee times for Tuesday tentatively booked. 

Home teams are 24-16 straight up in Game 6 since the NHL adopted the wild-card format and the Penguins are excellent at home so the trends are not in the Caps' favor. That said, they're the better team and Marc-Andre Fleury's invulnerability spell has worn off.

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators (Sens lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 8 at Bovada

  • Rangers +190
  • Senators -230

This series isn't getting a lot of national attention but it's a really good one. The home team is undefeated (5-0 straight up) so far and home teams are 7-0 SU in the last seven games in the playoffs overall, meaning this thing likely goes to Game 7.

That being the case, and with a lot riding on the Sens, I'd suggest waiting on this one and betting on Ottawa to win the next game in the Canadian capital.

Series Prices as of May 6, 2017

St. Louis Blues vs Nashville Predators (Preds Lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 6 at Bovada

  • Blues +300
  • Predators -400

The Blues finally got on the front foot on Friday night and they brought their series with Nashville one win away from a decisive Game 7 in St. Louis. The Predators, who looked like the worst team in this best-of-seven for the first time all series, will have to refill the tank for a game in Smashville that could be their last if they lose the next two contests.

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks (Ducks lead 3-2)

Odds as of May 6 at Bovada

  • Oilers +300
  • Ducks -400

After the worst playoff collapse since the Maple Leafs' in 2013, the Oilers have put themselves in a tough spot. They'll head back to Edmonton trying to stay alive after blowing a three-goal lead in the final three and a half minutes of Game 5 and eventually losing it in overtime – OUF.

The Ducks have yet to lose a game on the road this postseason so the odds are not looking good for the Oil kids, unfortunately.

Series Prices as of May 5, 2017

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers (Series tied 2-2)

Odds as of May 5 at BetOnline

  • Rangers -153
  • Senators +133

Ottawa is starting to unravel and with Erik Karlsson's status now up in the air, I'm beginning to get anxious. The Sens have been outscored 8-2 in the last two games and their superstar blue-liner sat out the third period of Thursday night's game with a lower-body injury – not good, like really not good.

Karlsson revealed before this series started that he was being hampered by two hairline fractures in his foot and it's likely he's aggravated that injury by leading all remaining skaters in ice time and blocking a total of 19 shots so far this postseason.

If EK is unable to suit up for the Sens in Game 5, they're in trouble. That said, I truly expect him to fight through his injury, as he's been doing, and I really like that +133 price with two of the three possible remaining games in the series being played on the Senators' home ice in Ottawa.

Series Prices as of May 4, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals (Pens lead 3-1)

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

  • Penguins -500
  • Capitals +350

Losing yet another game in which they dominated, the Capitals are now down 3-1 in their second-round series with the Capitals and according to the numbers, they now have a 9.66 percent chance of winning the best-of-seven. That percentage is based on just 28 teams (in the history of the NHL playoffs) coming back to win a series after going down 3-1.

The last of such comebacks happened in 2015 when the New York Rangers lost three of the first four games to this same Caps team in the second round and battled all the way back to eventually win it. Hopefully Washington took some good lessons away from that collapse that they can use in their current predicament but the odds are really not in the cardiac Caps’ favor.

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks (Series tied 2-2)

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

  • Oilers +110
  • Ducks -130

Much like in the series, the Ducks went down 2-0 in their game with the Oilers on Wednesday night but they came back to win the game 4-3 in overtime – a little foreshadowing, perhaps? Both teams have now swept the other club’s home contests and the best-of-seven will now swing back to Anaheim for a pivotal Game 5.

For the first time since the series began, the Ducks are betting favorites to win their set with the upstart Oilers and I couldn’t be more all over them. I bet the Quackers when they went down two-to-zip so I love them in this spot. -130 is a pretty good price but if you’re not comfortable with it, parlay it with the Penguins’ -500 line as it looks like that series is all but over.

Doing that will fetch you a very stomachable line of just over EVEN.

Series Prices as of May 3, 2017

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers (sens Lead 2-1)

Odds as of May 3 at Bovada

  • Senators -160
  • Rangers +140

When all the trends point in the direction of the result you want to happen, that’s usually a good sign that the opposite is about to happen. I learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday night. The Senators came out of the gates resembling the flat tire I had to change last week and if they don’t patch the leak, they could run this series right into the ground.

Erik Karlsson has been the be-all and end-all for this hockey team all postseason so he was due for a down night but it’s become glaringly obvious that when the Swede is anything other than a superhero, there’s no one else who can save the Sens. Ottawa’s captain was a minus-three on the night but he was still the Sens’ best player. He had a Corsi-for percentage close to 60 and tried desperately to drag his team back into the game.

Ottawa still has the upper hand in the series, with a 2-1 lead and two more home games left to play but the Sens will need to put forth a stronger effort on Thursday if they want to steal back the momentum for Game 5 when the best-of-seven swings back to Canada’s national capital.

St. Louis Blues vs Nashville Predators (Preds Lead 3-1)

Odds as of May 3 at Bovada

  • Predators -1100
  • Blues +650

I’m finally ready to read the Blues their eulogy. They played well in Game 4 but Pekka Rinne stood tall and he can now help the Preds Fin(n)ish off the Notes on Friday night in St. Louis. At this point, Nashville looks like the best team left in the bracket and with Easter Monday long gone as well as Jake Allen’s miraculous run coming to an end, I don’t see the Blues rising from the dead in this one – rest in peace Tarasenko and company.

Series Prices as of May 2, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals (Pens Lead 2-1)

Odds as of May 2 at BetOnline

  • Penguins -161
  • Capitals +141

Hockey fans (and bettors) everywhere are holding their breath, waiting to hear the news about Sidney Crosby and whether or not he'll be out long term. If you missed it, Sid was hit with an unintentional blind-side crosscheck to the head from Matt Niskanen on Monday night and the result was ugly.

Luckily for the Capitals, the NHL is not taking action against Niskanen for the blow that has probably caused yet another Crosby concussion and with the dust from Monday's events settled, Washington is right back in the series.

If their captain is unable to return to this best-of-seven, the Pens will be down three of their four best players and will have to get more out of Marc-Andre Fleury and Evgeni Malkin than they already have if they want to finish off a resilient Caps squad.

Series Prices as of May 1, 2017

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators (Sens Lead 2-0)

Odds as of May 1 at Bovada

  • Rangers +275
  • Senators -350

The Senators (and their series bettors) have Ottawa native Jean-Gabriel Pageau to thank for the 2-0 lead they hold over the Rangers in their second-round best-of-seven after their favorite son scored four goals and the eventual overtime winner in Game 2. The 24-year-old needed every one of his four shots on the day as he converted 100 percent of the pucks he got on net into goals.

Every bounce seems to be falling in the Sens’ direction in this series and given Craig Anderson’s body of work at Madison Square Garden (7-2 straight up with a .957 save percentage in his last nine starts there), it would seem this series is pretty much over.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals (Pens Lead 2-0)

Odds as of May 1 at Bovada

  • Penguins -500
  • Capitals +350

It’s once again not looking good for the Capitals and with a two-game hole to now climb out of, I’m just about ready to write off my Stanley Cup pick. I still think Washington is the better team in this best-of-seven and when you look at the five-on-five statistics for this series so far, it’s hard to argue otherwise.

That said, just one team out of 12 since 1996 has come back from losing the first two games of a second-round series at home so the odds of a comeback are not those that inspire awe.

Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues (Preds lead 2-1)

Odds as of May 1 at Bovada

  • Predators -350
  • Blues +275

Nashville has been the better club in this series top to bottom. Their puck movement has been sensual, their defense has been tight and Pekka Rinne hasn’t been leaving many holes open for the Blues to shoot at. The odds are heavily in favor of the Preds at this point and if they continue to look as good as they have, they’ll very quickly book their ticket to the Western Conference finals.

My warning to the Blues about falling asleep at the wheel seems to have gone unheeded as they were barely present for the majority of Game 3. If they don’t wake up, this one could be wrapped in a hurry and a bet for Nashville to win in five games is definitely worth a look.

Edmonton Oilers vs Anaheim Ducks (Oilers lead 2-1)

Odds as of May 1 at Bovada

  • Oilers -225
  • Ducks +185

Facing the same hole as the Capitals will tonight, the Ducks battled back in Game 3 and managed to bring their series with the Oilers to 2-1 in Edmonton. Anaheim came flying out of the gates, scoring three goals within nine minutes of the first period and although they let the Oil back in the game, they scored the final three goals of the contest to take a 6-3 decision.

Another win on the Oilers’ home ice on Wednesday will put the series back on serve so expect the Oilers to stop at nothing to get the Game 4 victory and 3-1 lead.

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

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