Friday, December 2 2022
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The Stanley Cup playoffs head into the second round as the eight remaining NHL teams battle for North America’s oldest trophy in pro sports.

The Colorado Avalanche (+165 at FOX Bet) are the betting favorite to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Let’s dive in.

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The first round was intense as five series went seven games and two ended in overtime, FOX Bet associate trader Steven Hemke pointed out.

“The second round will feature some tired teams, but we have some very intriguing matchups, including the Battle of Alberta, Calgary vs. Edmonton, and the fun Alligator Alley Series featuring the Panthers and defending champion Lightning,” Hemke said.

Hemke stated the series to watch will be between the Florida Panthers, winners of the Presidents’ Trophy (best regular-season record) and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Plus, both teams are based in Florida.

“To me, this is the most interesting matchup, a rematch from last year when the Lightning prevailed in a heated six-game series,” Hemke explained. “The Panthers, like most young teams, must dethrone the champs in what should be a high scoring, entertaining, end-to-end series. Both teams feature excellent special teams and top-end talented, loaded rosters.

“The difference to me is in between the pipes where the Lightning have a huge advantage with last year’s Conn Smythe Trophy playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy facing the top-scoring team in the league this season. I will take Tampa Bay in seven games here with Vasey being the difference-maker.”

The other series are St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes.

FOX Bet sports trader AJ Devine backed the Rangers to win it all before the postseason started.

PICK: Rangers (+2000 at FOX Bet) — +1600 at start of the postseason — to win Stanley Cup (bet $10 to win $210)

Here are Hemke’s picks for the four semifinal series:

PICK: Lightning over Panthers in seven games: +600 at time of pick, was recently +700, currently +1600 at FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $170 total)

PICK: Avalanche over Blues in six games: +350 at time of pick, currently +250 FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $35 total)

PICK: Rangers over Hurricanes in seven games: +650 at time of pick, was recently +900, currently +500 at FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $60 total)

PICK: Flames over Oilers in six games: +425 at time of pick, currently +500 at FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $60 total)


Here are the lines for winning the Stanley Cup (via FOX Bet)*:

Colorado Avalanche +165 (bet $10 to win $26.50)

Tampa Bay Lightning +300 (bet $10 to win $40)

Carolina Hurricanes +450 (bet $10 to win $55)

Calgary Flames +900 (bet $10 to win $100)

Edmonton Oilers +900 (bet $10 to win $100)

New York Rangers +2000 (bet $10 to win $210)

Florida Panthers +3000 (bet $10 to win $310)

St. Louis Blues +3000 (bet $10 to win $310)

*Odds as of 5/23/2022


Here are the odds and lines for the opening games of the NHL conference semifinals (via FOX Bet):

UPCOMING GAMES

Panthers @ Lightning (7 p.m. ET Monday, TNT; Tampa Bay leads series 3-0)

Point spread: Lightning -1.5 (Lightning favored to win by more than 1.5 goals, otherwise Panthers cover)

Moneyline:Lightning -125 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $18 total); Panthers +100 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $20 total)

Total scoring over/under:6.5 goals scored by both teams combined

IN PROGRESS

TNT
FLA 0 · TB 0

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
FLA
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
TB

SERIES WINNER ODDS

Lightning -2000 (bet $10 to win $10.50 total); Panthers +900 (bet $10 to win $100 total)


Avalanche @ Blues (9:30 p.m. ET Monday, TNT; Colorado leads series 2-1)

Point spread: Avalanche -1.5 (Avalanche favored to win by more than 1.5 goals, otherwise Blues cover)

Moneyline:Avalanche -167 favoritesto win(bet $10 to win $15.99 total); Blues +130 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $23 total)

Total scoring over/under:6.5 goals scored by both teams combined

Tue 1:30 AM

TNT

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
COL
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
STL

SERIES WINNER ODDS

Avalanche -1000 (bet $10 to win $131 total); Blues +550 (bet $10 to win $65 total)


Hurricanes @ Rangers (7 p.m. ET Tuesday, ESPN; Carolina leads series 2-1)

Point spread: Rangers -1.5 (Rangers favored to win by more than 1.5 goals, otherwise Hurricanes cover)

Moneyline:Rangers -111 co-favorites to win (bet $10 to win $19.01 total); Hurricanes -111 co-favorites to win (bet $10 to win $19.01 total)

Total scoring over/under:5.5 goals scored by both teams combined

Tue 11:00 PM

ESPN

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
CAR
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
NYR

SERIES WINNER ODDS

Hurricanes -333 (bet $10 to win $13 total); Rangers +260 (bet $10 to win $36 total)


Flames @ Oilers 4 (9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, ESPN; Edmonton leads series 2-1)

Point spread: Oilers -1.5 (Oilers favored to win by more than 1.5 goals, otherwise Flames cover)

Moneyline:Oilers -118 favorites to win(bet $10 to win $18.47 total); Flames -105 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $19.52 total)

Total scoring over/under:6.5 goals scored by both teams combined

Wed 1:30 AM

ESPN

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
CGY
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
EDM

SERIES WINNER ODDS

Oilers -189 (bet $10 to win $15.29 total); Flames +155 (bet $10 to win $25.50 total)


COMPLETED GAMES

Oilers 4, Flames 1 (Edmonton leads series 2-1)

Point spread: Oilers (+1.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Oilers win as -105 underdogs(bet $10 to win $19.52 total); Flames were -118 favorites (bet $10 to win $18.47 total);

Total scoring over/under: Under 6.5 goals scored by both teams combined (5)

FINAL

CGY 1 · EDM 4

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
CGY
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
EDM

SERIES WINNER ODDS

Flames -167 (bet $10 to win $15.99 total); Oilers +145 (bet $10 to win $24.50 total)


Rangers 3, Hurricanes 1

Point spread: Rangers(+1.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Rangers win as -105 underdogs (bet $10 to win $19.52 total); Hurricanes were -118 favorites (bet $10 to win $18.47 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 5 goals scored by both teams combined (4)

FINAL

CAR 1 · NYR 3

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
CAR
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
NYR

NOTE: Tyler Motte‘s unassisted backhanded empty-net goal from the Rangers’ zone gave New York an insurance goal with 1:23 to go.


Lightning 5, Panthers 1

Point spread: Lightning (+1.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Lightning win as -105 underdogs (bet $10 to win $19.52 total); Panthers were -118 favorites (bet $10 to win $18.47 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 6.5 goals scored by both teams combined (6)

FINAL

FLA 1 · TB 5

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
FLA
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
TB

NOTES: Florida, the winner of the Presidents’ Trophy for most points/best record during the regular season, was one of the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup prior to the start of the playoffs. … Two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay has held the Panthers to one goal in each game in this series.


Avalanche 5, Blues 2

Point spread: Avalanche (-1.5) cover by winning by more than 1.5 goals (3)

Moneyline: Avalanche win as -167 favorites(bet $10 to win $15.99 total); Blues were +130 underdogs (bet $10 to win $23 total)

Total scoring over/under: Over 6.5 goals scored by both teams combined (7)

FINAL

COL 5 · STL 2

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
COL
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
STL

NOTES: The Avalanche scored twice in a span of 70 seconds late in the game. Artturi Lehkonen‘s empty-net goal with 58 seconds to go brought joy to over (6.5 total goals) bettors. … St. Louis starting goalie Jordan Binnington was hurt after a goalmouth collision and left the game early in the first period. Ville Husso replaced him.


Oilers 5, Flames 3

Point spread: Oilers (+1.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Oilers win as +135 underdogs (bet $10 to win $23.50 total); Flames were -175 favorites (bet $10 to win $15.71 total)

Total scoring over/under: Over 6.5 goals scored by both teams combined (8)

FINAL

EDM 5 · CGY 3

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
EDM
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
CGY

Hurricanes 2, Rangers 0

Point spread: Hurricanes(-1.5) cover by winning by more than 1.5 goals (2)

Moneyline: Hurricanes win as -167 favorites (bet $10 to win $15.99 total); Rangers were +130 underdogs (bet $10 to win $23 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 6 goals scored by both teams combined (2)

FINAL

NYR 0 · CAR 2

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
NYR
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
CAR

Blues 4, Avalanche 1

Point spread: Blues (+1.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Blues win as +170 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $27 total); Avalanche were -227 favorites to win(bet $10 to win $14.41 total)

Total scoring over/under: No line available

FINAL

STL 4 · COL 1

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
STL
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
COL

Lightning 2, Panthers 1

Point spread: Lightning (+2.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Lightning win as +125 underdogs (bet $10 to win $22.50 total); Panthers were -162 favorites (bet $10 to win $16.17 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 6.5 goals scored by both teams combined (3)

FINAL

TB 2 · FLA 1

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
TB
Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
FLA

Flames 9, Oilers 6

Point spread: Flames(-1.5) cover by winning by more than 1.5 goals (3)

Moneyline: Flames win as -167 favorites (bet $10 to win $15.99 total); Oilers were +130 underdogs (bet $10 to win $23 total)

Total scoring over/under: Over 6.5 goals scored by both teams combined (15)

FINAL

EDM 6 · CGY 9

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
EDM
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
CGY

NOTES: The Flames set a postseason record by scoring twice in the first 51 seconds of the game …The teams blew past the over/under of 6.5 goals by combining to score seven in the second period. Calgary’s Blake Coleman and Edmonton’s Zach Hyman each scored two goals in the period. … The nine goals tied Calgary’s franchise record for a playoff game. … The teams set a Battle of Alberta playoff record for most combined goals. … The Oilers had a 28-game win streak snapped when scoring six or more goals in a playoff game. … Matthew Tkachuk of the Flames scored an empty-net goal, giving him Calgary’s first postseason hat trick since Theo Fleury in 1996. … Calgary raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first 6:05 and led 5-1 6:10 into the second period before Edmonton rallied to tie the game 6-6 early in the third period.


Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1 (OT)

Point spread: Rangers(+1.5) cover by losing by fewer than 1.5 goals (1)

Moneyline: Hurricanes win as -175 favorites (bet $10 to win $15.71 total); Rangers were +135 underdogs (bet $10 to win $23.50 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 6 goals scored by both teams combined (3)

FINAL / OT

NYR 1 · CAR 2

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
NYR
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
CAR

NOTES: Carolina’s Ian Cole scored the winner 3:12 into overtime when his shot deflected off the stick of New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren past goalie Igor Shesterkin. … The Hurricanes scored on two of their final three shots after not scoring on their first 23 shots.


Avalanche 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Point spread: Blues (+1.5) cover by losing by fewer than 1.5 goals (1)

Moneyline: Avalanche win as -227 favorites (bet $10 to win $14.41 total); Blues were +170 underdogs (bet $10 to win $27 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 7 goals scored by both teams combined (5)

FINAL / OT

STL 2 · COL 3

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
STL
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
COL

NOTES: Defenseman Josh Manson scored the winner for the Avalanche 8:02 into overtime. … St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington made a career-high 51 saves (and the Blues blocked 27 shots). … Colorado is 23-8 in playoff openers at home. … The Avalanche outshoot the Blues in OT 13-0 and 54-25 for the game.


Lightning 4, Panthers 1

Point spread: Lightning (+1.5) cover by winning outright

Moneyline: Lightning win as +125 underdogs (bet $10 to win $22.50 total); Panthers were -162 favorites (bet $10 to win $16.17 total)

Total scoring over/under: Under 7 goals scored by both teams combined (5)

FINAL

TB 4 · FLA 1

NHL
PUCK LINE
TO WIN
TOTAL
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
TB
Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
FLA

NOTES: The power play was a deciding factor. The Panthers were 0-for-3 with the man advantage Tuesday after going 0-for-18 on the power play in the previous series against the Capitals. Tampa Bay was 3-for-6 on the power play in Game 1. … Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves. Over his past three games, he’s stopped 94 out of 99 shots, a .949 save percentage. … After spotting Florida a 1-0 lead in the first period, two-time defending champion Tampa Bay scored four times in a span of 21:22 over the second and third periods. … Three Lightning goals came on the power play as Tampa Bay was 3-for-6 with the man advantage as the Panthers were whistled for seven penalties. … he Tampa Bay Lightning Winning a playoff game in Sunrise, Fla., is nothing new for the Lightning, who won the first two playoff games on the Panthers’ home ice last season.


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