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NHL Playoffs Picks, Predictions, Odds

 
June 24, 2021
by VI News
VegasInsider.com

The 2021 NHL Playoffs began on May 15 as 16 teams will begin their quest to win the Stanley Cup history.

VegasInsider.com is your one-stop resource for all of your betting odds, picks and predictions for the 2021 NHL Playoffs.

The playoffs will be divided into four rounds:

  • First Round (16 teams)
  • Conference Semifinals (8 teams)
  • Conference Finals (4 teams)
  • NHL Stanley Cup Finals (2 teams)

2021 NHL Playoff Pick Matchups

The VegasInsider.com stable of NHL experts have been covering the action all season long with their betting preview and prediction pieces. They'll be providing analysis for every game in the 2021 NHL Playoffs.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Golden Knights vs. Canadiens - Game 6 Picks

2021 Stanley Cup Betting Resources

2021 NHL Playoffs Betting Results

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 5-6 3-2 2-4-5
Overall Results Favorites-Underdogs Puck-Line Favorites Over-Under
Total 45-32 29-16 33-37-7

2021 NHL Playoff Semifinals Schedule

Semifinals Series Odds

New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • 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 at Tampa Bay - Fri., June 25 - 8:00 p.m. | NBCSN

Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights

  • 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 at Montreal - Thu., June 24 - 8:00 p.m. | USA
  • Game 7: Montreal at Vegas (if Nec.) - Sat., June 26 - 8:00 p.m. | NBCSN

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)

2021 NHL Playoff First Round Consensus Picks

You can see a complete breakdown of all the records in our NHL Standings.

VegasInsider.com NHL First Round Predictions
Handicapper PIT vs NYI BOS vs WSH CAR vs NSH FLA vs TBL TOR vs MTL EDM vs WPG COL vs STL VGK vs STL
Alex Smart NYI (6) WSH (6) NSH (7) TBL (5) TOR (4) EDM (7) STL (6) VGK (5)
ASA NYI (6) WSH (7) CAR (4) FLA (7) TOR (5) EDM (7) COL (6) VGK (6)
Bill Marzano NYI (7) BOS (6) CAR (6) TBL (7) TOR (6) EDM (6) COL (7) VGK (7)
Brian Bitler NYI (7) BOS (6) CAR (5) TBL (6) TOR (4) WPG (7) STL (7) VGK (6)
Doc's Sports PIT (6) WSH (7) CAR (5) TBL (6) TOR (5) EDM (5) COL (6) MIN (7)
Gary Bart PIT (6) WSH (6) CAR (5) FLA (7) TOR (5) WPG (7) COL (6) MIN (7)
Jim Feist PIT (6) WSH (7) CAR (5) TBL (7) TOR (4) EDM (6) COL (5) VGS (7)
Joe Williams PIT (7) BOS (6) CAR (5) TBL (6) TOR (6) EDM (6) COL (4) MIN (7)
Matt Blunt PIT (6) BOS (7) NSH (6) TBL (5) TOR (7) EDM (7) STL (6) VGS (6)
MIT Simulator PIT (7) WSH (6) CAR (5) FLA (7) TOR (6) EDM (7) COL (6) VGK (5)
Scott Rickenbach NYI (7) BOS (6) CAR (6) TBL (7) TOR (7) EDM (5) COL (6) MIN (7)
Stephen Nover PIT (7) BOS (6) CAR (7) FLA (7) TOR (5) EDM (6) COL (5) VGS (7)

Who's the favorite to win the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup?

The NHL Playoffs are a great event to follow and placing future wagers can bring back great returns.

Listed below are the latest futures numbers per BetMGM, which are subject to change.

Odds To Win 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final
Team American Fractional
Tampa Bay Lightning +160 8/5
Montreal Canadiens +300 3/1
Vegas Golden Knights +325 13/4
New York Islanders +400 4/1

2021 NHL Playoff Prop Markets

Division of Stanley Cup Winner Odds

  • West +175
  • Central +260
  • East +310
  • North +400

Nation of Stanley Cup Winner Odds

  • United States -550
  • Canada +400

Original Six Stanley Cup Winner

  • Bruins, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Canadiens, Rangers or Maple Leafs +425
  • Any Other Team -600

Conn Smythe Winner Odds

The Conn Smythe Award is given to the most valuable player of the NHL Playoffs. Patrick Roy has won the award three times, more than any other player. Victor Hedman won the award for Tampa Bay last year.

  • Nathan MacKinnon +700
  • Auston Matthews +1200
  • Mark Stone +1400
  • Marc-Andre Fluery +1600
  • Sidney Crosby +2000
  • Mikko Rantanen +2000
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy +2000
  • Connor McDavid +2000
  • Mitch Marner +2200
  • Max Pacioretty +2200
  • Sebastian Aho +2200
  • Dougie Hamilton +2500
  • Petr Mrazek +3000
  • Victor Hedman +3000
  • Jonathan Huberdeau +3000
  • Brad Marchand +3000
  • Cale Makar +3000
  • Nikita Kucherov +3000
  • Alex Ovechkin +3000
  • David Pastrnak +3000
  • Brayden Point +3000
  • Tuuka Rask +3000
  • Semyon Varlamov +3500
  • Jack Campbell +3500
  • Jake Guentzel +3500
  • Kirill Kaprizov +3500
  • Jonathan Tavares +3500
  • Vincent Trocheck +3500
  • Patrice Bergeron +4000
  • Aleksander Barkov +4000
  • Matt Barzal +4000
  • Nicolas Backstrom +4000
  • Leon Draisaitl +4000
  • Evgeni Malkin +4000
  • Steven Stamkos +4000
  • Teuvo Teravainen +4000
  • Shea Theodore +4000
  • Philip Grubauer +5000
  • Connor Hellebuyck +5000
  • Cam Talbot +5000
  • T.J. Oshie +5000
  • Carey Price +5000
  • Juuse Saros +6600
  • Brendan Gallagher +6600
  • Mark Scheifele +6600
  • Carter Verhaeghe +6600
  • John Carlson +6600
  • Kevin Fiala +6600
  • Tyler Toffoli +8000
  • Ryan O'Reilly +8000
  • Roman Josi +8000
  • David Perron +8000
  • Jordan Binnington +8000
  • Filip Forsberg +10000
  • Mats Zuccarello +10000
  • Jordan Eberle +10000
  • Brock Nelson +10000
  • Kyle Connor +10000
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau +10000
  • Nick Suzuki +10000
  • Blake Wheeler +10000
  • Nikolaj Ehlers +12500
  • Eeli Tolvanen +12500

NHL Playoff History

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 in six games of the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals.

History Archive

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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