My hockey playoff picks have been a lot of fun this year as the NHL has tremendous parity and the games are always entertaining. It doesn’t mean some teams aren’t getting blown out, but you can pretty much count on some upsets and rock’em sock’em hockey. I love basketball betting, but the first two rounds of the 2017 NHL playoffs are way more fun.
When it comes to hockey playoff picks we looked at the Eastern Conference a few days ago- and I am happy to see those picks have been doing well (go Ottawa Senators). Let’s take a look at Western Conference betting now and get an update on some key games.
Hockey Playoff Picks – Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators
My hockey playoff picks for Western Conference betting are of course taking in to consideration that we are halfway through the first round. Let’s start with the possible foregone conclusion of the Chicago Blackhawks making an early exit from the playoffs. Like you I am shocked and the Nashville Predators are playing fantastic heart-based hockey. That wins in the playoffs.
I think the only thing I would suggest here is to look at the game time hockey betting props for Thursday’s games and bet on the Hawks to steal one. Then repeat for Game 5 and 6. At +750 to win the series there just isn’t enough value to bet on Chi town. Again, look at the game props for nice Chicago lines and bet those- I would be very surprised if this doesn’t go six games.
Betting Hockey Playoffs Online – St. Louis Blues
Did we all forget how good the St. Louis Blues are? I think so. While I haven’t been wild about the Minnesota Wild (groan), I wouldn’t have thought the Blues would be up 3-0 in the series. Again like my Chicago comment, look for tasty Wild Game 4 prop bets as they will show up in force. There are a couple of key injuries to the Blues, and I think this one goes at least 5 games. The Blues are -1.5 +275 on the Puck Line at home, but I think the Wild gut this one out.
Edmonton Oilers Betting Lines – Playoff Odds
Connor McDavid is certainly living up to all the hype in his second season and has the Edmonton Oilers leading the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in their series. Edmonton had a strong year as they look to rebuild into a competitive team. Currently they are -320 to win the series versus the Sharks at +240.
However, it is pretty early to count the Sharks out of this one and last year’s Stanley Cup finalists will be working hard to even this series. Tonight’s game is in San Jose and the Sharks are -140 on the moneyline as favorites. The Over Under for this game is also 5 goals which given the style of hockey these teams are playing seems high. Think about taking the Under here at -130.
Best Hockey Online Bets – Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals
I couldn’t help but include some comments on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals series as I didn’t even bother to cover it earlier. The Toronto Maple Leafs are putting on their own clinic about how to play hockey with heart and grit. The pesky Buds are all youth, speed, and exuberance and they are severely rattling the heavily favored Washington Capitals. Bookmakers are seriously confused as to what is going on in this series, as are the pundits, hence the series price being -105 Toronto and -125 Washington.
I am not sure how to bet this one myself as you really have to toss out the stats. At the very least the Caps are going to have to work their tails off and still may get upset. I don’t like the leanness of TO at -105 so I would say look at Wednesday night’s game line. I think Washington evens the series at 2-2, and the -145 moneyline seems like a solid bet. Ovi and team must win this one. At the very least, pop some popcorn and enjoy this one.
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