The best NHL picks when it comes to hockey playoff lines are those that take a “series view” of things. By that I mean you look at the momentum and form of the teams within each playoff series and handicap accordingly. This may seem obvious, but I have found hockey more than any other sport to be about momentum in the playoffs.
Of course there are exceptions such as the Washington Capitals coming back to win their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but really that was just a mismatch of talent. This concept will be more critical in a series like the Caps are now playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins. So let’s take a look at the best NHL picks from the hockey playoff lines at RealBet.
Best NHL Picks – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Game 1 of this series got off with a bang and it will no doubt be a barn burner. Sidney Crosby scored two goals and Alexander Ovechkin netted another as the Pens won 3-2. I think this one goes a least six games and the Penguins win here. The defending Stanley Cup champs just seem to have the Caps number and I am not sure that will change. The Penguins are -200 favorites to win the series with the Capitals as +160 underdogs.
Betting Odds NHL – Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks
Connor McDavid seems to be turning into a bona fide superstar as the young Canadian is leading the hitherto struggling Edmonton Oilers deep into the playoffs. Currently up 1-0 in their series with the Anaheim Ducks, the Oilers seem to be on a mission to go to the Stanley Cup after marking up a road win in California. Tonight sees Game 2 with the Ducks as -145 favorites to win at home.
Best Hockey Odds – Nashville Predators vs. St. Louis Blues
The surprising Nashville Predators are keeping up their blistering pace and speed, and opponents like the St. Louis Blues are having trouble adapting. The Preds took game one in St. Louis with superstar defenceman P.K. Subban being the difference- which cannot be any solace to Montreal Canadiens fans.
The Blues however have enough talent on their own to make this a series and are 1.5 +270 favorites on the Puck Line in their next contest. Also take a look at the hockey proposition bets for Nashville and St. Louis for some potential profit. I think the Blues win tonight but the Predators take the series.
Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers – Betting NHL Playoffs
The Ottawa Senators as you no doubt recall, mainly because I haven’t stopped bragging about it, were one of my dark horse picks at the beginning of the season when we were looking at NHL Future bets. Now, I have made plenty of other picks that have been less successful, but like any good online bettor I remember only the good ones. And the Sens are definitely one this year.
They upset the favored Boston Bruins and have already taken a game from the New York Rangers. Led by star defenceman Erik Karlsson, Ottawa have been out gutting and out playing teams all year. They are currently -150 favorites to win their series against New York.
However, don’t count out the Rangers yet as they are a team with depth and skill. Netminder Henrik Lundqvist is playing stellar hockey and this all-Swede shindig should provide plenty of entertaining action. I think this goes seven games with the Ottawa Senators winning.
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