Thursday Online NHL Playoff Bets
NHL Playoff Betting Lines Comparison
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL playoff betting options to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
Coming back from a three-game deficit is a daunting task. It’s only been done in the playoffs four times in the history of the NHL so the odds are against the 2015 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
The Predators can end their Western Conference quarter-final series against the Hawks on Thursday night as the Central Division rivals clash in Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena.
The Preds, who have been dominant in this series, enter action on Wednesday as the -135 favorites on home ice, where the club dropped just nine games all season long. The Blackhawks — +105 underdogs heading into Game 4 — have lost seven straight dating back to the regular season, where the club dropped its final four matches.
What’s puzzling in this series is that the Blackhawks — a team that ranked among the highest scoring clubs in the NHL this season — are averaging 0.67 goals per game.
The total goals projection for Thursday’s match is set at 5 — a line these clubs have not surpassed through three games in the series.
Pick: Chicago Blackhawks (+105) and the under (5)
The Habs missed a glorious chance to head back to the Bell Centre up two games in their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Rangers. Instead, the series heads back to Montreal deadlocked at two games apiece.
The Canadiens — hoping to feed off their home crowd — enter action on Wednesday -150 favorites. The Rangers, who are coming off a massive Game 3 victory to notch the series, will take momentum into Montreal as compelling +120 underdogs.
It’s been a goaltending duel throughout this series, with Montreal’s Carey Price and New York’s Henrik Lundqvist stealing the show. It’s been the reason both clubs have struggled to produce offense through four contests, including Habs’ captain Max Pacioretty, who has just one point in this series.
Don’t bank on a high-scoring affair in Game 5. The further this series goes, the tighter things will get. Take the under on Bovada’s total goals projection of 5 with the Habs regaining the edge with a Game 5 win.
Pick: Montreal Canadiens (-150) and the under (5)
The Pens couldn’t seal the deal to complete a clean sweep, leaving the door open — albeit slightly — for the Blue Jackets.
The Penguins, who are -210 favorites to win and end the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final, have been absolutely spectacular offensively in this series, averaging a playoff-leading 4.00 goals per game. The Blue Jackets hope to build off a crucial Game 3 win as the +170 underdogs, but it’ll be a daunting task playing at PPG Paints Arena, where the Pens have been lights out this season.
Faceoffs are crucial come playoff time and the Pens are winning 51.3 percent of the draws in this series. That’s resulted in Pittsburgh averaging 34.8 shots per game, which ranks sixth overall in the playoffs.
The past two games have produced nine goals, but expect a tighter checking game on Thursday night. Bovada is offering a total goals projection of 5, but take the under with the Pens ending the series in the process.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (-210) and the under (5.5)
The Sharks sent a clear message to a young Oilers team in Game 4 of this exciting first-round series — scoring seven goals in a convincing home victory.
The Oilers took the shutout loss in stride and will be looking to regain the advantage on Thursday night when they host the Sharks in a critical Game 5 matchup at Rogers Place.
The series may be tied at two games apiece, but the Oilers have struggled to produce goals. Edmonton was among the leaders in goals this season but is averaging a third-worst 1.25 tallies for during the playoffs.
Take the over on Bovada’s projected total goals line of 5.5 as two of the last three meetings between these Metropolitan Division rivals have done above the initial line.
Pick: Edmonton Oilers (-135) and the over (5.5)