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NHL Playoffs Picks, Predictions, Odds

 
July 8, 2021
by VI News
VegasInsider.com

The 2021 NHL Playoffs began on Satruday May 15 and concluded on Wednesday July 7 and after nearly two months of action, we've got a Stanley Cup champion.

That honor goes to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who defeated the Montreal Canadiens in five games as -250 betting favorites. The exact games price on Tampa winning in five games brought back a return of 7/2 odds.

The Lightning captured the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final in the pandemic and became the first team to repeat since the Pittsburgh Penguins accomplished the feat in 2016 and 2017.

The back-to-back feat is rare, knowing that the Detroit Red Wings were the previous team to do so and that came in the 1997 and 1998 NHL postseasons.

The 2021 title for Tampa Bay was the third championship for the franchise.

Andrei Vasilevskiy captured the Conn Smythe Trophy and he entered the Stanley Cup series as the MVP favorite (+125).

If your'e expecting Tampa Bay to win the Cup three straight years, then check out the Futures Betting Market.

The Lightning are currently +750 to do so and they're not the favorites.

2021 NHL Playoffs Betting Results

Favorites went 50-34 during the 2021 NHL Playoffs and bettors looking for better returns saw the 'chalk' go 32-18 as puck-line favorites in those 50 victories.

The 'over/under' totals market saw nice back-and-forth action with the low side holding a 40-35-9 edge.

Stanley Cup Betting Results
Round Favorites-Underdogs Puck-Line Favorites Over-Under
First 28-17 19-9 21-23-1
Second 12-9 7-5 10-10-1
Third 6-7 3-3 2-5-6
Final 4-1 3-1 2-2-1
Overall Results Favorites-Underdogs Puck-Line Favorites Over-Under
Total 50-34 32-18 35-40-9

2021 NHL Playoff Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Lightning won series 4-1)

  • Game 1: Montreal 1 at Tampa Bay 5 (-200) (Over 5)
  • Game 2: Montreal 1 at Tampa Bay 3 (-200) (Under 5)
  • Game 3: Tampa Bay 6 (-130) at Montreal 3 (Over 5)
  • Game 4: Tampa Bay 2 at Montreal 3 (+135) (Push 5)
  • Game 5: Montreal 0 at Tampa Bay 1 (-250) (Under 5)

2021 NHL Playoff Semifinals Schedule

New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Lightning won series 4-3)

  • Game 1: New York 2 (+160) at Tampa Bay 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: New York 2 at Tampa Bay 4 (-200) (Over 5)
  • Game 3: Tampa Bay 2 (-135) at New York 1 (Under 5)
  • Game 4: Tampa Bay 2 at New York 3 (+105) (Push 5)
  • Game 5: New York 0 at Tampa Bay 8 (-185) (Over 5)
  • Game 6: Tampa Bay 2 at New York 3 (+130) (Push 5)
  • Game 7: New York 0 at Tampa Bay 1 (-185) (Under 5)

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights (Canadiens won series 4-2)

  • Game 1: Montreal 1 at Vegas 4 (-270) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: Montreal 3 (+235) at Vegas 2 (Push 5)
  • Game 3: Vegas 2 at Montreal 3 (+155) (Push 5)
  • Game 4: Vegas 2 (-180) at Montreal 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 5: Montreal 4 (+200) at Vegas 1 (Push 5)
  • Game 6: Vegas 2 at Montreal 3 (+115) (Push 5)

2021 NHL Playoff Second Round Schedule

New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins (Islanders won series 4-2)

  • Game 1: N.Y. Islanders 2 at Boston 5 (-185) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 2: N.Y. Islanders 4 (+175) at Boston 3 (Over 5)
  • Game 3: Boston 2 (-150) at N.Y. Islanders 1 (Under 5)
  • Game 4: Boston 1 at N.Y. Islanders 4 (+125) (Push 5)
  • Game 5: N.Y. Islanders 5 (+170) at Boston 4 (Over 5)
  • Game 6: Boston 2 at N.Y. Islanders 6 (+115) (Over 5)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Lightning won series 4-1)

  • Game 1: Tampa Bay 2 (-110) at Carolina 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: Tampa Bay 2 (-105) at Carolina 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Carolina 3 (+130) at Tampa Bay 2 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 4: Carolina 4 at Tampa Bay 6 (-160) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 5: Tampa Bay 2 (-120) at Carolina 0 (Under 5.5)

Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets (Canadiens won series 4-0)

  • Game 1: Montreal 5 (+130) at Winnipeg 3 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 2: Montreal 1 (-105) at Winnipeg 0 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Winnipeg 1 at Montreal 5 (-125) (Over 5)
  • Game 4: Winnipeg 2 at Montreal 3 (-145) (Under 5.5)

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche (Golden Knights won series 4-2)

  • Game 1: Vegas 1 at Colorado 7 (-165) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 2: Vegas 2 at Colorado 3 (-185) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Colorado 2 at Vegas 3 (-115) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 4: Colorado 1 at Vegas 5 (-115) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 5: Vegas 3 (+115) at Colorado 2 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 6: Colorado 3 at Vegas 6 (-135) (Over 5.5)

2021 NHL Playoff First Round Schedule

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators - (Hurricanes won series 4-2)

  • Game 1: Nashville 2 at Carolina 5 (-175) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 2: Nashville 0 at Carolina 3 (-200) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Carolina 4 at Nashville 5 (+115) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 4: Carolina 3 at Nashville 4 (+135) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 5: Nashville 2 at Carolina 3 (-220) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 6: Carolina 4 (-145) at Nashville 3 (Over 5.5)

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - (Lightning won series 4-2)

  • Game 1: Tampa Bay 5 (-130) at Florida 4 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 2: Tampa Bay 3 (-110) at Florida 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Florida 6 (+115) at Tampa Bay 5 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 4: Florida 2 at Tampa Bay 6 (-150) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 5: Tampa Bay 1 at Florida 4 (-105) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 6: Florida 0 at Tampa Bay 4 (-145) (Under 6)

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders - (Islanders won series 4-2)

  • Game 1: New York 4 (+110) at Pittsburgh 3 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 2: New York 1 at Pittsburgh 2 (-140) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Pittsburgh 5 (-110) at New York 4 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 4: Pittsburgh 1 at New York 4 (-110) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 5: New York 3 (+125) at Pittsburgh 2 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 6: Pittsburgh 3 at New York 5 (-105) (Over 5.5)

Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins - (Bruins won series 4-1)

  • Game 1: Boston 2 at Washington 3 (+110) (Push 5)
  • Game 2: Boston 4 (-140) at Washington 3 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 3: Washington 2 at Boston 3 (-170) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 4: Washington 1 at Boston 4 (-160) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 5: Boston 3 (-135) at Washington 1 (Under 5.5)

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens - (Canadiens won series 4-3)

  • Game 1: Montreal 2 (+175) at Toronto 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: Montreal 1 at Toronto 5 (-200) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 3: Toronto 2 (-190) at Montreal 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 4: Toronto (-190) 4 at Montreal 0 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 5: Montreal 4 (+200) at Toronto 3 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 6: Toronto 2 at Montreal 3 (+175) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 7: Montreal 3 (+180) Toronto 1 (Under 5.5)

Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets - (Jets won series 4-0)

  • Game 1: Winnipeg 4 (+140) at Edmonton 1 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: Winnipeg 1 (+155) at Edmonton 0 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Edmonton 4 at Winnipeg 5 (+110) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 4: Edmonton 3 at Winnipeg 4 (+100) (Over 5.5)

Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues - (Avalanche won series 4-0)

  • Game 1: St. Louis 1 at Colorado 4 (-330) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: St. Louis 3 at Colorado 6 (-360) (Over 5.5)
  • Game 3: Colorado 5 (-235) at St. Louis 1 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 4: Colorado 5 (-240) at St. Louis 2 (Over 5.5)

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota Wild - (Golden Knights won series 4-3)

  • Game 1: Minnesota 1 (+145) at Vegas 0 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 2: Minnesota 1 at Vegas 3 (-170) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 3: Vegas 5 (-110) at Minnesota 2 (Over 5.5)
  • Game 4: Vegas 4 (-120) at Minnesota 0 (Under 5.5)
  • Game 5: Minnesota 4 (+165) at Vegas 2(Over 5.5)
  • Game 6: Vegas 0 at Minnesota 3 (+120) (Under 5.5)
  • Game 7: Minnesota 2 at Vegas 6 (-200) (Over 5)

NHL Playoff History

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 in five games of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

History Archive

Stanley Cup Final Winners (Last 10 Years)

  • 2021 - Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 2020 - Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 2019 - St. Louis Blues
  • 2010 - Washington Capitals
  • 2017 - Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2016 - Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2015 - Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2014 - Los Angeles Kings
  • 2013 - Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2012 - Los Angeles Kings

2021 Stanley Cup Betting Resources

NHL Playoff Scoreboard

The NHL Scoreboard not only provides the scores for the NHL Playoffs, but so much more.

The NHL Scoreboard is shown in periods three to be exact.

An NHL ice hockey game consists of 60 minutes, divided equally by 20 minutes and they’re labeled first (1), second (2), and third (3). Similar to other professional sports, the NHL doesn’t have ties anymore so you won’t see stalemates on the NHL Scoreboard anymore. In order to prevent ties, the league has created not one but two options to create a winner and a loser.

Overtime and Shootouts

When you viewing the VegasInsider.com NHL scoreboard, you’ll sometimes see a 4 or 5 listed next to the third period. The fourth period (4) is known as Overtime, which is a 5-minute period and the first team to score becomes the winner. If the game is still tied after the overtime period, the NHL Scoreboard will go to the fifth (5) period or the Shootout. Each team is given three penalty shots to score on their opponent and whoever has more goals is deemed the winner. If the score remains tied, a ‘sudden death’ format will follow until a winner is declared. Make a note that Shootouts don't take place in the NHL Playoffs.

The key feature is the Betting Odds and the NHL Scores provides a consensus line that is created by multiple sportsbooks in the United States. The NHL shows their line in Money-Line format which means you just have to pick the winner of the game. The O/U is abbreviated for the Over-Under or Total, which is a wager that accounts for all goals scored in the game. Bettors can go ‘high’ or ‘low’ for this matchup and cheer for both offensive or defensive units. Make a note that goals scored in the shootout only add ‘one’ goal to your total outcome.

The ATS column could easily be the most important feature on the NHL Scoreboard and it’s clearly for bettors looking for Against the Spread result. After the game is completed, the winning team is highlighted with a “Red Check” plus they also receive a “Cover” label in the ATS column. The Over or Under is given as well for the total, and don’t be surprised to see the word ‘Push’ which is a synonym for tie in the sports betting industry. If you are in a state where sports betting is legal, please check out our online sportsbook directory to find the best and most secure places to make NHL bets.

NHL Playoff Format

"The First to Win 16"

After the field of 16 is determined, the first team to win four best-of-seven series will be deemed the NHL Champion.

In each of the best-of-seven series, the team with the higher seed will have home-ice advantage and they will host the first two games.

The lower seed will then host the next two games and the remaining three games, if necessary, will be alternated with the higher seed hosting Game 5 and 7 while the lower seed hosts Game 6.

In simple terms, the NHL Playoffs Format for a best-of-seven can be viewed as 2-2-1-1-1.

NHL Playoff Series Betting

One of the most popular betting markets in the NHL Playoffs is the series prices, which focuses on the head-to-head matchup between two teams in the best-of-seven series.

Also, bettors can wager on the Exact Outcomes for those series and those payouts are great.

The 2020 Playoff Series Results and Odds can be viewed below for the four rounds, which include the Qualifying Round that was a one-time instance due to the circumstances.

NHL Playoff Betting Types

  • Money-line: This is an easy one. Simply pick which team will win outright. Say the Predators are up against the Avalanche in a series matchup – pick one team over the other to bring home the win. New bettors especially bet on the money-line as it's the simplest way to bet on a game.
  • Puck-Line: Like money-line, here you choose a team to win or lose outright. However, the difference lies in guessing how much they win/lose by. This number is always going to be -1.5 and +1.5, which is set by the sportsbooks. If you bet on the team -1.5, then they must win the game by two or more goals to cash your wager. And if you take the puck-line underdog (+1.5), then you're hoping that your team wins outright or loses by one goal to win your wager.
  • Totals: Also called over/under, this bet determines whether the final score will – combined – will be over or under what the sportsbook thinks.
  • Props: This betting market continues to rise in popularity and betting on both specific player and team statistics will increase your viewing pleaure.
  • Live Betting: Forgot to put your bet in? No problem, just pull up the latest Live Betting markets or what many also call In-Game Wagering. These wagers can allow you to press, chase or even get out of wagers that you don't want any part of. The options are limitless and the action is Live!
  • Futures: Feeling the itch to bet already? Futures can be placed weeks or sometimes months ahead of the game. For example, maybe you think the New York Rangers will bring it home this year in your NHL Playoffs Picks. Place a bet now ahead of the postseason to get in on the ground floor. Just pay attention as the odds can change, and your choice can even be knocked out!
  • Parlays: Called accumulator bets in the UK, parlays are a series of bets. The NHL Playoffs is the perfect time for parlays, where you can lay down a small bet of say $10 across five games. Win all five and you could be looking at a hefty return with your NHL Playoff Picks.

NHL Playoff Picks Memberships

VegasInsider.com is offering great opportunities to see a variety of NHL Playoff predictions from all of our pro hockey experts.


  
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