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NHL Playoffs Free Picks; Lightning to take charge of Maple Leafs Series
Updated May 6, 2022
The NHL playoffs continue over the weekend with some interesting matchups, and with most of the teams now having played twice in the postseason, we have some form to go on for our latest NHL betting picks.
In the futures betting to win the 2022 Stanley Cup, the Colorado Avalanche are the +300 betting favorites.
The Avalanche killed off any doubts that they had gone off the boil in the regular season by hammering the Nashville Predators 7-2 in their opening playoff match on Tuesday. The win sees the odds on Jared Bednar’s team shortened to +300.
The Avalanche’s closest rivals in the betting now are the Panthers and the Flames, both at +600.
The matches tonight we are looking at are nicely set up and evenly balanced.
The series between the Maple Leafs and the Lightning is all square at 1-1, as is the series between the Blues and the Wild, and the Kings against the Oilers.
Of tonight’s matches, only the Carolina Hurricanes go into the third match of their series with a 2-0 lead. So far they have dominated the Boston Bruins, winning 5-1 and 5-2 respectively.
Betting on the NHL Playoffs
The NHL playoffs started on May 2nd, the day after the end of the regular season. 16 teams are taking part in the 1st round, in a head-to-head best of 7 series.
There is then a 2nd round for the 8 winning teams, followed by the Conference Finals, and ultimately, the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Stanley Cup is scheduled to be completed in full by June 30th, and that will be the official end of the playoffs, and the 2021/22 NHL season.
A popular futures bet on the playoffs is betting to win the Conference Playoff Finals. In this market you bet on who you think will win the Eastern Conference playoffs, and who will win the Western Conference playoffs.
In addition to this, you can also bet on who will prevail from the mini-series held in each round. These are bets that differ from regular season markets.
The usual Moneyline, Handicap, and Total Goals spread markets are also available to bet on in the individual playoff matches.
Now, let’s take a look at tonight’s action and get some picks.
The Bruins are already 2-0 down to the Hurricanes and are in dire need of a win at TD Garden tonight.
The two defeats came in Carolina, and they were big ones! They lost 5-1 in the opener on Monday, and fared slightly better, only losing 5-2 on Wednesday.
So, this looks like a drink in the last chance saloon already tonight for Bruce Cassidy’s team.
There’s also a good bit of added spice going into the potentially decisive showdown, with Hurricanes’ coach Rod Brind’Amour indicating he believes Bruins forward David Pastrnak intentionally targeted Carolina goalie Antti Raanta in the second match.
Raanta had to leave the rink for treatment after the incident and didn’t return to the action.
Match 3 Betting
Hurricanes @ +115
Bruins @ -135
Hurricanes +1.5 @ -240
Bruins -1.5 @ +200
Over 5.5 @ -120
Under 5.5 @ +100
I believe that the Hurricanes are up for this match and have the measure of the Bruins.
I don’t see any value in backing the visitors on the Handicap. But I can see them winning and I’m making the Hurricanes win on the Moneyline at +115 my betting pick for this match.
Carolina Hurricanes To beat Boston Bruins on MoneyLine
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