The best hockey bets are always the ones that make watching the game even more exciting. The 2nd round of the NHL playoffs has been that “must see” TV that we hoped for with each and every series providing drama, late finishes, and multiple Game 7 showdowns. Let’s take a look and see where each series sits and where the best hockey bets might be found.
Best Hockey Bets – Tampa Bay Lightning (4) over New York Islanders (1)
This series is the only one that’s over with the Lightning winning in 5 games. The series was closer than it appeared, as Tampa took both games in Brooklyn in overtime while being outplayed in both. Ben Bishop was the best player in the series again, and the Bolts will once more enjoy a lengthy layoff before the next round.
NHL Playoff Betting – Washington Capitals (2) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (3)
The Pens took a 3-1 series lead but the Caps responded with a big win in game 5 to stave off elimination. The Caps have looked good in both road games this series, and are more than capable of winning in Pittsburgh and forcing a Game 7. Alex Ovechkin leads the Caps with 5 points in the series including a big multi-point game in Game 5 to keep the Caps season alive. This series has been the most intense of the entire postseason and Game 6 shouldn’t disappoint.
The Caps will be favored to win at home in Game 7, so if you think they will win Game 6 then the time is now to look into Caps/Pens series prices.
Hockey Betting Online – Dallas Stars (3) vs. St. Louis Blues (3)
Game 7 is on the horizon as the Stars held on for dear life last game. The Blues have been the stronger team during this series, but give the Stars credit for forcing a Game 7 back home without the services of all star forward Tyler Seguin. The two best teams in the West will need a win or go home showdown to determine who represents the Central Division in the West finals- which is only fitting as many pegged this division as the best in hockey. This will be the 2nd Game 7 of the playoffs for St. Louis who are current favorites to win this series.
Online NHL Sportsbook – San Jose Sharks (3) vs. Nashville Predators (3)
The Sharks had a lead in the third period of an elimination game only to watch the Preds tie it up and then win in overtime to force Game 7. The home team has won each game in this series, and if this holds up the Sharks will play in their first conference final since 2011. The Preds won a Game 7 on the road in Round 1 and will need to do the same if they want to advance to their first ever conference final. Nashville has won two overtime games in this series, and has won 3 road games already this post season. The Sharks are the betting favorite for Game 7 and taking them might be one of the best hockey bets out there.
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