The final four teams for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers are set as follows New York Ranger eliminate Hurricane Carolina in Game 7 on Monday night. They will face Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals that begins Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Colorado Avalanche organization Edmonton Oilers in game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. Here are some betting options for the penultimate round of the knockout round.
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Game Series 1: Average -180
Total: 7 goals
Wyshynski’s picks: Avalanche -1.5 games on Oilers (-115)
What a hilarious story. Nathan MacKinnon swear that it’s not just him vs. Connor McDavid, and he’s right. It’s him and Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar and Devon Toews compared to McDavid. Coach Jared Bednar didn’t shy away from dividing power versus strength and pitted the MacKinnon line and his top defense against the McDavid line in the regular season. When it comes to depth versus depth to define series, Avalanche has a clear advantage there, especially with the way Nazem Kadri playing. Team Av was on a mission and just took down a team of St. Louis in six games better than Edmonton, top to bottom, than Edmonton. The shortest odds are in this series ending in five games (+300). Whether it’s five or six games, I’m comfortable playing 1.5 games.
Game Series 1: Lightning -125
Total: 5.5 goals
Wyshynski’s picks: Rangers +1.5 games over Lightning (-120)
Tampa Bay goalkeeper duel Andrei Vasilevskiy and New York MVP candidate Igor Shesterkin may be one for the ages. They are at the heart of what could be a feature-length series or a potentially nasty Rangers. There’s a lot to like about Rangers here, from having the home field advantage to getting caught up in a Game 7 winning streak to a champion’s “don’t give up” attitude. They still have problems at 5v5, but Pittsburgh Penguins mined in the first round, and Lightning can do the same – and Vasilevskiy is not Louis Dominque. But I like the +1.5 here as nasty coverage and in case it goes up to seven, even though my official prediction is Lightning in six.
Stanley Cup: Lightning strikes through Avalanche (+300)
Three Peat is the second-highest choice among Stanley Cup correct bets, after Avalanche beat Lightning for the Cup. Although the Avalanche was a wagon, the Lightning gave little indication that they were settling for anything less than a triple layer of peat. Not a bad choice to have a flyer on.
Conn Smythe Trophy: Connor McDavid (+650)
We’re starting to enter “win or lose” territory with McDavid, who has been credited in the Edmonton Oilers run even though he’s tied with teammate Leon Draisaitl with 26 points and identical stats (7 (7). goals, 19 assists). If the Oilers somehow get past the Avalanche, then McDavid will be leading the charge. And if Edmonton were to play for the Stanley Cup, the possibility that McDavid could win against Conn Smythe, even if the Oilers failed, wouldn’t be surprising.