When it comes to NHL playoff betting you need to keep in mind that it is very different from betting basketball during the playoffs. There is much more parity in professional hockey and that makes things like betting 2017 NHL series prices trickier.
However, looking for value elsewhere can be very profitable and things like Over Under bets and pucklines can be very exploitable. As well there is always opportunity and betting against public money which may make your NHL playoff betting more multi-dimensional. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference first and a couple of key matchups.
NHL Playoff Betting – New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens
In a classic original six match-up, the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens are the first Eastern Conference duo in our NHL playoff betting analysis. Both teams have had up and down seasons- particularly Montreal that started out the season a a blistering pace.
The series odds for this one are -140 for the Canadiens and +110 for the Rangers. I like the Canadiens here primarily because of their outstanding goaltending in the form of Carey Price. When this guy is in the zone Les Habitants are almost unbeatable.
NHL Betting Online – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
The surprising Columbus Blue Jackets have had a heck of a year and posted a 50-24-8 record at third place in the Metropolitan Division– which would have been good enough to top the Atlantic Division. The Blue Jackets face the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the form of Sid “The Kid” Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. This should be an excellent match-up and don’t underestimate the Blue Jackets.
That being said however, I am thinking that the Pens pull this one out. Pittsburgh had a great year coming in second overall to their arch nemesis the Washington Capitals. The Pens are getting a little older in spots (see the ageless Matt Cullen) but still have massive amounts of talent on the team. Add to that arguably the best player of his generation in Crosby (sorry Alexander), and you may have a mountain too tough for the Blue Jackets to weather. Pens are -170 favorites on the series and the Blue Jackets come in at +140.
Hockey Playoffs Tips – Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
You no doubt remember that in my article on NHL futures I said that the Ottawa Senators were a team to take as they would generate some nice profit. As you took my advice, I know that you are currently laying off your Senators future wager and chuckling all the way to the bank.
And the news gets better as I think the Ottawa Senators will make it past the Boston Bruins into the second round of the playoffs. Make no mistake- this will be a very close series. The Senators finished 12th overall and the Bruins 13th so there isn’t much to separate these two teams. In fact, the Bruins are -200 favorites over the +160 Sens to win the series. Either way this will be a grueling battle, and whoever goes to the second round might well be worth discounting due to no doubt getting banged up here.
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