Night two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features three matchups. All eyes will be on the rematch out East, as the Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second year in a row. Here is a betting rundown of the NHL’s contests.
Calgary Flames Outright (-190) Vs Colorado Avalanche
Besides the Tampa Bay Lightning-Columbus Blue Jackets’ series, this one may be the easiest to project. The Calgary Flames have proven to be the best team in the Western Conference this season. They have the top line in all of hockey and a defenseman, in Mark Giordano, who is likely to win the Norris Trophy. The Flames performed a clean sweep of the Colorado Avalanche during the regular season. Colorado soared into the playoffs at a 7-1-2 clip, but their luck should run out against this complete Flames squad. For those keeping score at home, the Avs have the second-worst goal differential of any playoff team, while the Flames have the best of any team in the entire conference. Oddsmakers have made Calgary the second-biggest favorite, behind only Tampa, in game one of the first round.
Alex Ovechkin 1+ Goals And Capitals Win (+150)
Once again this season, Alex Ovechkin led the league with 51 goals. It was the eighth 50-goal campaign of his illustrious career, and ninth time he’s recorded at least a point-per-game. For his career, Ovechkin averages 1.1 PPG, and has nearly matched that in his 121 postseason matchups, recording .97 PPG. The last postseason was Ovechkin’s best, putting up 15 goals and 27 points in just 24 games. Of course, his efforts were rewarded with the first Stanley Cup in Washington Capitals’ history. Take the experienced Caps to defeat the inexperienced Carolina Hurricanes at home in game one of the series. And while you’re at it, make some extra money by parlaying it with an Ovechkin marker. In four games against Carolina in the regular season, Ovechkin owned the division rivals. Ovi has scored four goals and six points against the Hurricanes so far this year.
Boston Bruins & Toronto Maple Leafs Score 4 Or 5 Goals (+200)
Here we go again… the Boston Bruins look to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the third time in the postseason since 2013. The good news for them is the series will begin in the friendly atmosphere of TD Garden. This isn’t exactly the best point in the season for the Leafs, either. Toronto enters the game with just three regulations wins in their past ten games. Boston held a 3-1 edge over Toronto in the regular season series as well. With Mike Babcock potentially on the hot seat, look for the steady Bruins to shut down the Leafs’ high-powered offense. But, it’s the playoffs, and every game between these two teams stays close. Instead of taking the under on six goals (-110), take the more profitable version of four or five total goals scored. FanDuel Sportsbook has yet to favor a single road team in game one of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.