Friday NHL Playoff Betting Preview
By Angelo Montilla
Here are several NHL betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
Experience prevailed in Game 1 of this series as the San Jose Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers in overtime.
The two Pacific Division rivals clash for a second time on Friday night as the Oilers look to even the series against the Sharks at Rogers Place.
The Oilers enter action as the -155 favorites. The club is looking for its first playoff victory since 2006.
Bovada is offering great lines for Game 2. The first match went to overtime, but will extra periods be needed to determine a winner again? Bovada has a +250 line that game will in fact go to overtime — a likely scenario considering how tight this series has been so far.
The total goals projection for Friday’s contest is 5, and while the first match offered a push, expect Game 2 to go over with the Oilers tying the series.
Pick: Edmonton Oilers (-155)
After dropping the first game of this series, Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien told reporters “there’s no need to panic.”
The Habs will look to even the series when they host the surging Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final on Friday night.
The Canadiens are -155 favorites to come out on top in the crucial home playoff game. The Rangers — who are +125 underdogs — would like nothing more than to head back to Madison Square Garden up two games in the best-of-seven series.
The opening goal will be critical for both the Habs and Rangers, so who will score next the game’s opening goal?
Bovada has a +265 line that both clubs will score in the first period and a +500 line the Habs will prevail by a one-goal margin.
Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-155)
If Game 1 was any indication of how this series will go, the Penguins may end it quicker than many initially expected.
The Pens, who are -170 favorites, will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Blue Jackets have different plans as they head to Pittsburgh as +140 underdogs in Game 2.
Pittsburgh jump out to a three-goal lead in the opener and you can expect the defending Cup champions to come out with the same pressure in Game 2.
If you’re anticipating a blowout by the Pens, Bovada is offering a +270 line to defeat the Blue Jackets by three or more goals.
But you can expect Columbus to have some push back and possibly force overtime to find a victory. Bovada has a +275 line Game 2 will need overtime to determine a winner. Either way, the Pens are too good at home to lose this one.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (-170)
They say goaltending can win a playoff series. If that holds true, the St. Louis Blues are in good hands heading into Game 2 against the Minnesota Wild.
Jake Allen was spectacular in the series opener for the Blues, who hold a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Wild enter action on Friday night as -210 favorites at Xcel Energy Center. The Blues head to Minnesota as enticing +170 underdogs as the club has a chance to take a stranglehold on the series.
Will the game end with an odd or even goal total? Bovada is offering a +210 line the game will conclude with even amount of goals and -275 for odd.
Expect another tight-checking match which is why Bovada’s +500 line that the Wild will win by a one-goal margin is great value.
Pick: Minnesota Wild (-210)More articles...