NHL betting is back as the league is set to kick off its expanded playoffs starting August 1st. First-round betting odds have been set and the odds for the first game of each series is being offered as well.
Stanley Cup playoffs betting is extremely popular, and there will be even more action this year as bettors have been waiting for lines to be offered. There are a variety of ways to wager on games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but betting on each game is one of the easiest and most fun ways to go about it.
Here are four matchups that stand out as we prepare to make our bets.
NHL Four First-Round Games
Blackhawks vs. Oilers: Over/Under 6 Goals
If you are looking to bet on Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers, then betting on the point total is the way to go. BetUS sportsbook has set the over/under at 6.0 goals, and that number seems a bit low.
Chicago gives up a ton of great scoring opportunities to their opponents, and the Edmonton Oilers have two of the best scoring threats in the league. The Blackhawks also have plenty of offensive talent, however, and they are comfortable playing in a high-scoring affair.
Goaltenders could also be a bit rusty after a long layoff, and betting the over 6.0 goals is the way to go here.
Nashville Predators -125 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Don’t expect a ton of scoring in this series as the Arizona Coyotes are one of the best defensive teams. The Predators have Pekka Rinne in net, and he can completely shut down an opponent.
Nashville has had some success in recent years, but they have struggled lately in the postseason. Look for the Predators to take advantage of this unique opportunity to go on a deep run.
Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets: Over/Under 6 Goals
This is another matchup where betting the over/under makes a lot of sense. The Maple Leafs are third in the league in scoring, averaging 3.39 goals per game.
Columbus is actually one of the best defensive teams in the league, but they will be tested the entire game by the Leafs. Expect the offense to be much sharper than the defensive units early on in the postseason.
It will likely take at least four goals to win this game, which is why betting the over is the pick.
Minnesota Wild +100 vs. Vancouver Canucks
Two high-scoring teams will be meeting up in this game, and there will be plenty of goals. Vancouver is averaging 3.25 goals per game this season, while the Minnesota Wild are at 3.16. This will be one of the more interesting NHL Four First-Round matches.
Stanley Cup playoffs betting is always a little bit tricky as there will be a number of small upsets that take place. Look for this game to be one of them as the Wild at +100 will take care of business over the Canucks, at least in Game 1.
Putting these four picks in a parlay would be a strong play here, too. A mere $25 wager would pay out just over $300!