Stanley Cup Playoffs – How to bet Oilers-Avs and Lightning-Rangers

The final four teams for the Stanley Cup playoffs are set after the New York Rangers knocked out the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 on Monday night. They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals starting Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Colorado Avalanche host the Edmonton Oilers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. Here are some betting options for the penultimate round of the playoffs.

Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

1 line game: -180

Total: 7 goals

Wyshynski’s choice: Avalanche -1.5 games vs. Oilers (-115)

What a fun series. Nathan MacKinnon swears it’s more than him against Connor McDavid, and he’s right. It’s him and Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar and Devon Toews against McDavid. Coach Jared Bednar didn’t hesitate to go power on power and put the MacKinnon line and his best defensive duo against the McDavid line in the regular season. If it’s depth versus depth to determine the series, the Avalanche have a clear advantage there, especially with the way Nazem Kadri plays. The Avs are on a mission and have just eliminated a St. Louis team in six games that was better, top to bottom, than Edmonton. The shortest odds are on this series ending in five games (+300). Whether it’s in fives or sixes, I’m comfortable putting down the 1.5 games.

1 line game: Lightning -125

Total: 5.5 goals

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Wyshynski’s choice: Rangers +1.5 games vs. Lightning (-120)

The goalie duel between Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and New York MVP contender Igor Shesterkin could be one for the ages. They are at the heart of what could either be a long run or a potential Rangers upset. There’s a lot to like about the Rangers here, whether it’s having home ice advantage, heading into the series with a winning streak in Game 7 or an overall attitude of ” non-surrender”. They still have 5-on-5 issues, which the Pittsburgh Penguins exploited in the first round, and the Lightning could do the same — and Vasilevskiy is no Louis Dominque. But I like the +1.5 here as upset insurance and in case it passes seven, even though my formal prediction is Lightning in six.

Stanley Cup: Lightning on Avalanche (+300)

The hat-trick is the second-highest pick among exacta Stanley Cup bets, behind the Avalanche who thwarted the Lightning for the Cup. While the Avalanche are a wagon train, the Lightning have given little indication that they are settling for anything less than a hat-trick. Not a bad option to take a flyer.

Conn Smythe Trophy: Connor McDavid (+650)

We’re starting to get into “win or lose” territory with McDavid, who was credited with the Edmonton Oilers run even though he’s tied with teammate Leon Draisaitl with 26 points and identical stats (7 goals, 19 passes). If the Oilers somehow get past the Avalanche, McDavid will be leading the charge. And if Edmonton plays for the Stanley Cup, the chances of McDavid winning the Conn Smythe, even if the Oilers fail, won’t be far-fetched.


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