NHL Winning Bets – Playoff Picks and Tips

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NHL Winning Bets are at RealBet.ueNHL winning bets can be tough to handicap, but the pale and pasty sports nerds at RealBet have crunched some numbers which should point to some solid winners. Round 1 is almost done and three of the four Round 2 matchups are already set. The first round saw some surprises, bye bye Florida Panthers, and some near heart attacks, hello Dallas Stars, but most favorites found their way through to the next round. Let’s take a quick look at the 2nd round matchups and help you make the best possible wagers.

NHL Betting – Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the New York Islanders

The Isles knocked out top seeded Florida and now have a date with the Sunshine State’s other team in the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts on the other hand played a short but tough series versus the Detroit Red Wings, and have been off for nearly a week as they wait for the first round to finish.

  • Why the Tampa Bay Lightning Will Win
    They’re the better team and there are rumors that stud defenseman Anton Stralman will join the team at some point in the series. They also have the best goaltender left in the playoffs in Ben Bishop, who is essentially a 6’7 tall brick wall.
  • Why New York Will Win
    John Tavares has carried this team all year and the first round was no different. The Isles play tough, have good depth, and seem to be playing with house money.
  • Where Should Your Money Go?
    With Tampa getting healthy, owning home ice advantage, and having a huge advantage in goal, all signs point to Tampa winning this series. Isles goaltender Thomas Greiss is a bit of a wildcard and is the most unproven goaltender in the playoffs. Tampa looks poised to play in the conference finals.

NHL Winning Bets – Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

The marquee series of the 2nd round features Ovie vs. Crosby II. This is the series the whole world wanted, and with the Caps finally dispatching the Philadelphia Flyers in six games, the sporting world is getting its wish for the first time in seven years.

  • Why Washington Will Win
    They’re the best team in the league. They rolled through the regular season and played well throughout their series versus Philadelphia. They’re balanced up front, have incredible goaltending, and should have an advantage over the Penguins’ suspect D-core.
  • Why Pittsburgh Will Win
    Since head coach Mike Sullivan took over, Pitt has had the number one offense in the league led by Sidney Crosby. Star centerman Evgeni Malkin returned in Round 1 and promptly began dominating upon arrival. The Penguins also beat the Caps twice late in the year.
  • Where Should Your Money Go?
    The Caps are favored but this will be arguably the toughest series they could’ve asked for. The Penguins are flying high, but they go up against one of the game’s best goaltenders and the game’s most dangerous goal scorer in Alexander Ovechkin. You won’t get the Caps at a better price than you will in this series, and if you believe this is their year, the Pens are merely another opponent to cross off the list as they roll towards their first Cup final since ’98.

NHL Winning Bets – St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars

Peace, Chicago Blackhawks. With the defending champs out, there will be a new Stanley Cup champion and both of these teams seem primed to represent the Western Conference in the finals.

  • Why The St. Louis Blues Will Win
    After slaying the Hawks dragon, the Blues can play with the monkey firmly off their shoulders. They have solid goaltending, one of the best D-cores in the league, and a team destined to breakthrough for the first time in the Ken Hitchcock era.
  • Why The Dallas Stars Will Win
    They score, score, and score. Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza carved up the Minnesota Wild in Round 1 and they should get Tyler Seguin back in this series. They also have home ice during the series which is always a big edge.
  • Where Should Your Money Go?
    The Blues are favored, but slightly. The Stars have had huge troubles protecting leads and their goaltending has been suspect all year long. The safe money is on the Blues, who seem to be more well rounded, battle tested, and ready to take their place among the best teams in the league.

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