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May 16, 2022

NHL PLAYOFFS PICKS, PREDICTIONS, ODDS

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, and the field of 16 teams is set. The First Round of the postseason started Monday, May 2 with eight series which will be decided in a best-of-seven format. Our stable of experts writers will be covering all of the games with their Betting Analysis, Best Bets and Score Predictions. Also, don't forget to follow the Series Odds, Futures Market and Playoff Betting Results.

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2022 NHL Playoff Second Round Matchups

TUESDAY, MAY 17

  • Game 1 - Tampa Bay at Toronto (TNT, 7:00 p.m.)
  • Game 1 - St. Louis at Colorado (TNT, 9:30 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

  • Game 1 - N.Y. Rangers at Carolina (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)
  • Game 1 - Edmonton at Calgary (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.)

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 2022 Playoff Series Results and Odds can be viewed below for the four rounds.

2022 NHL Playoffs Second Round Series Odds

(Series Opening Odds)

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Panthers (-145)
  • Lightning (+120)

Metropolitan Division

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 2 New York Rangers

  • Hurricanes (-190)
  • Rangers (+160)

Western Conference

Central Division

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues

  • Avalanche (-350)
  • Blues (+275)

Pacific Division

No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. No. 2 Edmonton Oilers

  • Flames (-190)
  • Oilers (+160)

2022 NHL Playoffs First Round Series Odds

(Series Opening Odds)

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

No. 1 Florida Panthers vs. No. 4 Washington Capitals

  • Panthers (-290)
  • Capitals (+225)

No. 2 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Maple Leafs (-120)
  • Lightning (+100)

Metropolitan Division

No. 1 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Boston Bruins

  • Hurricanes (-115)
  • Bruins (-105)

No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Rangers (-105)
  • Penguins (-115)

Western Conference

Central Division

No. 1 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 4 Nashville Predators

  • Avalanche (-450)
  • Predators (+360)

No. 2 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 3 St. Louis Blues

  • Wild (-150)
  • Blues (+130)

Pacific Division

No. 1 Calgary Flames vs. No. 4 Dallas Stars

  • Flames (-260)
  • Stars (+210)

No. 2 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 3 Los Angeles Kings

  • Oilers (-250)
  • Kings (+200)

2022 NHL STANLEY CUP ODDS

2021-22 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ODDS

  • Florida Panthers +275
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +500
  • Carolina Hurricanes +550
  • New York Rangers +800

2021-22 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ODDS

Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change - Updated: Mon. May 16 - 1:15 a.m. ET

2022 NHL Playoff First Round Results

TUESDAY, MAY 17

  • Game 1 - Tampa Bay at Florida
  • Game 1 - St. Louis at Colorado

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

  • Game 1 - N.Y. Rangers at Carolina
  • Game 1 - Edmonton at Calgary

2022 NHL Playoff First Round Results

MONDAY, MAY 2

  • Game 1 - Boston 1 at Carolina 5 (-120) - Over 5.5
  • Game 1 - Tampa Bay 0 at Toronto 5 (-120) - Under 6.5
  • Game 1 - St. Louis 4 (+120) at Minnesota 0 - Under 6
  • Game 1 - Los Angeles 4 (+170) at Edmonton 3 - Over 6

TUESDAY, MAY 3

  • Game 1 - Pittsburgh 4 (+135) at N.Y. Rangers 3 (3OT) - Over 5.5
  • Game 1 - Washington 4 (+240) at Florida 2 - Under 6.5
  • Game 1 - Nashville 2 at Colorado - 7 (-330) - Over 6.5
  • Game 1 - Dallas 0 at Calgary 1 (-250) - Under 5.5

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

  • Game 2 - Boston 2 at Carolina 5 (-120) - Over 5.5
  • Game 2 - Tampa Bay 5 (+130) at Toronto 3 - Over 6.5
  • Game 2 - St. Louis 2 at Minnesota 6 (-135) - Over 6
  • Game 2 - Los Angeles 0 at Edmonton 6 (-210) - Under 6.5

THURSDAY, MAY 5

  • Game 2 - Pittsburgh 2 at N.Y. Rangers 5 (-170) - Over 6
  • Game 2 - Washington 1 at Florida 5 (-255) - Under 6.5
  • Game 2 - Nashville 1 at Colorado 2 (OT) (-355) - Under 6.5
  • Game 2 - Dallas 2 (+215) at Calgary 0 - Under 5.5

FRIDAY, MAY 6

  • Game 3 - Carolina 2 at Boston 4 (-145) - Over 5.5
  • Game 3 - Toronto 5 (+110) at Tampa Bay 2 - Over 6.5
  • Game 3 - Minnesota 5 (+120) at St. Louis 1 - Under 6.5
  • Game 3 - Edmonton 8 (-140) at Los Angeles 2 - Over 6.5

SATURDAY, MAY 7

  • Game 3 - Florida 1 at Washington 6 (+170) - Over 6.5
  • Game 3 - Colorado 7 (-220) at Nashville 3 - Over 6.5
  • Game 3 - N.Y. Rangers 4 at Pittsburgh 7 (-102) - Over 6
  • Game 3 - Calgary 2 at Dallas 4 (+140) - Over 5.5

SUNDAY, MAY 8

  • Game 4 - Carolina 2 at Boston 5 (-110) - Over 5.5
  • Game 4 - Minnesota 2 at St. Louis 5 (-105) - Over 6.5
  • Game 4 - Toronto 3 at Tampa Bay 7 (-130) - Over 6.5
  • Game 4 - Edmonton 0 at Los Angeles 4 (+150) - Under 6.5

MONDAY, MAY 9

  • Game 4 - Florida 3 (-160) at Washington 2 (OT) - Under 6.5
  • Game 4 - N.Y. Rangers 2 at Pittsburgh 7 (+100) - Over 6
  • Game 4 - Colorado 5 (-220) at Nashville 3 - Over 6.5
  • Game 4 - Calgary 4 (-150) at Dallas 1 - Under 5.5

TUESDAY, MAY 10

  • Game 5 - Boston 1 at Carolina 5 (-145) - Push 6
  • Game 5 - Tampa Bay 3 at Toronto 4 (-135) - Over 6.5
  • Game 5 - St. Louis 5 (+150) at Minnesota 2 - Over 6.5
  • Game 5 - Los Angeles (+200) 5 at Edmonton 4 (OT) - Over 6.5

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

  • Game 5 - Pittsburgh 3 at N.Y. Rangers 5 (-140) - Over 6.5
  • Game 5 - Washington 3 at Florida 5 (-235) - Over 6.5
  • Game 5 - Dallas 1 at Calgary 3 (-210) - Under 5.5

THURSDAY, MAY 12

  • Game 6 - Carolina 2 at Boston 5 (-130) - Over 6
  • Game 6 - Toronto 3 at Tampa Bay 4 (-120) (OT) - Over 6.5
  • Game 6 - Minnesota 1 at St. Louis 5 (-115) - Under 6.5
  • Game 6 - Edmonton 4 (-150) at Los Angeles 2 - Under 6.5

FRIDAY, MAY 13

  • Game 6 - N.Y. Rangers 5 (-110) at Pittsburgh 3 - Over 6.5
  • Game 6 - Florida 4 (-160) at Washington 3 (OT) - Over 6.5
  • Game 6 - Calgary 2 at Dallas 4 (+140) - Over 5.5

SATURDAY, MAY 14

  • Game 7 - Boston 2 at Carolina 3 (-145) - Under 5.5
  • Game 7 - Tampa Bay 2 at Toronto 1 (-135) - Under 6.5
  • Game 7 - Los Angeles 0 at Edmonton 2 (-220) - Under 6

SUNDAY, MAY 15

  • Game 7 - Pittsburgh 3 at N.Y. Rangers 4 (-130) (OT) - Over 6
  • Game 7 - Dallas 2 at Calgary 3 (-210) (OT) - Push 5

Betting On The NHL

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2022 NHL PLAYOFFS BETTING RESULTS

RoundFavorites-UnderdogsPuck Line FavoritesOver-Under
First 34-1725-2631-18-2
Second ---
Third ---
Final ---
Overall---

2022 CONN SMYTHE TROPHY ODDS

  • Nathan MacKinnon +1200
  • Jonathan Huberdeau +1500
  • Aleksander Barkov +1500
  • Mikko Rantanen +1500
  • Johnny Gaudreau +2000
  • Cale Makar +2000
  • Andrei Vasilevsky +2000
  • Jacob Markstrom +2000
  • Sergei Bobrovsky +2500
  • Aaron Ekblad +2500
  • Darcy Kuemper +2500
  • Sebastian Aho +2500
  • Nikita Kucherov +2500
  • Leon Draisaitl +3000
  • Connor McDavid +3000
  • Frederik Andersen +3000
  • Igor Shesterkin +3000
  • Steven Stamkos +3000
  • Matthew Tkachuk +3000
  • Gabriel Landeskog +3500
  • Elias Lindholm +4000
  • Victor Hedman +4000
  • Brayden Point +4000
  • Andrei Svechnikov +4500
  • Artemi Panarin +5000
  • Nazem Kadri +5500
  • Adam Fox +6000
  • Jordan Kyrou +6000
  • Chris Kreider +6000
  • Mika Zibanejad +6000
  • Sam Reinhart +7500
  • Claude Giroux +7500
  • Vladimir Tarasenko +7500
  • Ville Husso +7500
  • - All unlisted players odds at 100/1 or higher

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

2021-22 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.

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.

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