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Best NHL Parlay To Start the Stanley Cup Playoffs

At long last, we have playoff hockey! Yes, NHL games will mean something and we’ll get some “old school” hockey. That means we can throw out regular-season stats and records as this tournament changes everything. With that said, Saturday’s first two matchups are familiar rematches. And despite the disparity in the markets, we found the best hockey bets for single-game parlays. Let’s start the playoffs on a winning note.


Best NHL Parlay To Start the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Best NHL Parlay To Start the Stanley Cup Playoffs


Hurricanes Take Out Islanders – Hurricanes ML, Under 5½ (-120)

The Islanders have been on a roll. Patrick Roy lit a fire underneath his boys’ butts as they won eight of their last nine to clinch a playoff spot. Unfortunately, that fire is getting snuffed by the Hurricanes. Carolina won the last two playoff series against the Isles, beating them in 8 of 10 games.

The Hurricanes are a better team. The only edge the Islanders have is in goal. Semyon Varlamov has played well. And he helped beat Carolina by stopping 39 of the 43 shots he faced. He’ll need to keep standing on his head if the Isles are to pull off this upset. We just don’t see it.

Carolina will dominate puck possession here as it usually does. And it will gain plenty of scoring chances. The ‘Canes are wide favorites for a reason. It’s much better to bet them as an NHL ATS pick (puck line).

But we’ve seen Hurricanes playoff games all too often. They will swarm opponents and outshoot them but barely win due to not converting on most scoring chances. A 3-2 final is the most likely outcome. Bet online Carolina on the moneyline and parlay the under 5½.

Bruins Edge Leafs in a Barnburner – Bruins ML, Over 5½ (-120)

We’re all too familiar with what Boston and Toronto are. The former is a rugged defensive team that likes to grind down opponents. Boston will be happy winning a 1-0 game if it could. However, it’s not the same defensive juggernaut partly due to Patrice Bergeron’s retirement. Boston is giving up over 30 shots a game, which ranks 21st.

But thanks to solid netminding from either Jeremy Swayman or Linus Ullmark, Boston is still in the top 10 in goals against (2.73 per game) and penalty kill percentage (82.46%). That’s why the total is set at 5½. The NHL lines opened at five even but folks have quickly bet it up to 5½ and it’s still a tad too low.

The Leafs and Bruins are archnemeses and that adds intensity. While the totals have gone under in four of their last five meetings, there were 60+ shots in those games. We can bank on Swayman or Ullmark to be steady. But Toronto’s goaltenders are another story.

Ilya Samsonov has rectified himself since his awful start. He’s giving up an average of 3.31 goals. And the Leafs have been in poor defensive form lately so we expect Boston to look great offensively here.

We will see six or more goals. And we also like Boston to win this one though it has not looked that sharp lately. But Toronto looks worse. And playing it could be just what Boston needs to get its offense going. Parlay Boston on the moneyline with the total.



Questions of the Day

Which NHL team will have the most shots on goal on Saturday?

Carolina is worth betting online to win as it will likely put up the most shots on goal.

How many goals will Auston Matthews score against Boston?

Auston Matthews is favored to score a goal at -150 in the sportsbook. He should score at least one goal.

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