The last 4 groups for the Stanley Cup Playoffs are set after the New York Rangers eradicated the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 on Monday night time. They’ll face the Tampa Bay Lightning within the Eastern Conference Final beginning on Wednesday night time at Madison Square Garden. The Colorado Avalanche host the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night time. Here are some betting choices for the penultimate spherical of the playoffs.
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
Game 1 line: Avs -180
Total: 7 targets
Wyshynski’s choose: Avalanche -1.5 video games over Oilers (-115)
What a enjoyable sequence. Nathan MacKinnon swears that it is extra than simply him vs. Connor McDavid, and he is proper. It’s him and Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar and Devon Toews vs. McDavid. Coach Jared Bednar hasn’t shied away from going energy-vs.-power and placing the MacKinnon line and his high defensive pairing out in opposition to the McDavid line within the common season. If it comes down to depth vs. depth to decide the sequence, the Avalanche have a transparent benefit there, particularly with the best way Nazem Kadri is taking part in. The Avs are on a mission and simply took out a St. Louis workforce in six video games that was higher, high to backside, than Edmonton. The shortest odds are on this sequence ending in 5 video games (+300). Whether it is in 5 – 6, I’m comfy laying the 1.5 video games.
Game 1 line: Lightning -125
Total: 5.5 targets
Wyshynski’s choose: Rangers +1.5 video games over Lightning (-120)
The goaltending duel between Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and New York’s MVP candidate Igor Shesterkin could possibly be one for the ages. They’re on the coronary heart of what might both be a protracted sequence or a possible Rangers upset. There’s so much to like with the Rangers right here, from having dwelling-ice benefit to rolling into the sequence with Game 7 victory momentum to a basic “no give up” perspective. They nonetheless have points at 5-on-5, which the Pittsburgh Penguins exploited within the first spherical, and the Lightning might do the identical — and Vasilevskiy isn’t any Louis Dominque. But I just like the +1.5 right here as upset insurance coverage and in case it goes seven, despite the fact that my formal prediction is Lightning in six.
Stanley Cup: Lightning over Avalanche (+300)
The three-peat is the second-highest alternative amongst Stanley Cup exacta wagering, behind the Avalanche thwarting the Lightning for the Cup. While the Avalanche are a wagon, the Lightning have given little indication that they are settling for something lower than a 3-peat. Not a nasty choice to take a flyer on.
Conn Smythe Trophy: Connor McDavid (+650)
We’re beginning to get into “win or lose” territory with McDavid, who has been credited with the Edmonton Oilers’ run despite the fact that he is tied with teammate Leon Draisaitl with 26 factors and equivalent stats (7 targets, 19 assists). If the Oilers by some means advance previous the Avalanche, it is going to be McDavid that leads the cost. And if Edmonton performs for the Stanley Cup, the probabilities that McDavid might win the Conn Smythe, even when the Oilers fall quick, will not be outlandish.