Online Saturday NHL Playoff Betting Options
NHL Playoff Game Day Betting Lines Comparison
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
This is exactly where the New York Rangers hoped to be after five games of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Montreal Canadiens.
After stealing a much-needed victory in Montreal, the Rangers can wrap things up when the two Original Six rivals meet up for Game 6 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Canadiens, with their backs against the wall, enter action on Saturday as -120 favorites on the road. The Rangers — who are -110 underdogs — will have to put their big Game 5 win behind them and focus at the task at hand, which is to end the series and rest for the second round.
This series hasn’t produced a ton of offense as both teams have struggled to score goals. The Canadiens in particular haven’t been able to find timely goals, especially from captain Max Pacioretty, who has yet to net his first in the playoffs.
The Rangers are in front in the series despite not having converted on a powerplay chance.
If you’re considering an over/under wager, the total goals line is set at 5. However, take into account that the last three contests have not produced one over.
Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-120) and the under (5)
The Blues missed a glorious opportunity to put this series to bed as the Wild lived to fight another day.
Still up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Blues will get another shot to oust the Wild in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild enter action as -190 favorites playing on home ice where they dropped just 12 games all season long. The Blues, who don’t want to extend the Western Conference quarter-final any further, head to St. Paul, Minn., as intriguing +160 underdogs.
This has been the lowest-scoring series in the playoffs, with three of the four games played so far combining for three or less goals. Don’t expect things to change in Game 5 as both the Blues and Wild have focused on defense first.
The line for total goals is set at 5 but if previous games are any indication don’t even consider taking the over as an option. In fact, the last three contests have resulted in under results.
The Blues should be able to wrap things up and advance to the second round.
Pick: St. Louis Blues (+160) and the under (5)
A year ago the San Jose Sharks were in the Stanley Cup Final battling for the franchise’s first-ever championship. Fast forward a year later, the club is facing elimination on Saturday night when the Sharks host the Oilers in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarter-final.
The Sharks — facing a win or go home situation — enter their home game on Saturday night as -145 favorites. The Oilers are riding high, coming off a much-needed victory to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference quarter-final. Edmonton haven’t had much success in California, probably the reason why Bovada is pegging the young Oilers as +115 underdogs on the road.
The high-scoring Oilers have struggled to find goals in this series, averaging a third-worst 1.75 per game — an unusual occurrence for a club that ranked among the league’s best in goals for throughout the regular season.
Connor McDavid has been rather quiet so far in this series with just one goal through five games. However the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick is due for a breakout game and it could come as early as Saturday evening.
The total goals projection for Game 6 is set at 5, but don’t expect a high-scoring contest as the Sharks will force a seventh game in Edmonton.
Pick: San Jose Sharks (-145) and the under (5)