NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Update-May 15
Both the NHL Eastern and Western Conference Finals are underway with the first game of each best-of-seven series already in the books. The following is a brief look at each series along with some current betting trends to help handicap the upcoming games.
Eastern Conference Finals- New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers
This Atlantic Division clash features two teams that are very familiar with one another in a rivalry that is always filled with bad blood. The Devils outlasted Florida in seven games and plowed through Philadelphia in five games to here, while New York needed the full seven games to knock-off Ottawa in the first round and Washington in the conference semifinals to earn its spot.
The Rangers drew first blood in this series with a 3-0 shutout in Monday night’s Game 1 as 129 home favorites. The total stayed ‘under’ the five-goal line. It was the third series in-a-row New York managed to win the opener, but make note that it lost Game 2 at home to both the Senators and Capitals.
While the opening line for Wednesday night’s Game 2 has yet to be set, look for the Rangers to once again be favored at home with the total set at five. The key to this game will be New Jersey’s ability to finally get the puck past Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He stopped all 21 shots he faced, while his counterpart for the Devils, Martin Brodeur stopped 25 of New York’s 27 shots.
Game 2 Betting Trends
The Devils are 4-1 in their last five games overall and 11-5 in their last 16 games in the conference finals. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of their last six games on the road
The Rangers are only 3-7 in their last 10 games after a win but 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of their last nine Wednesday games.
Head-to-head, the home team has won the last four meetings and Monday’s loss dropped New Jersey to 1-4 in its last five games in New York. The total has stayed ‘under’ in three of the last five games overall.
Western Conference Finals- Los Angeles Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes
You are starting to get the feeling that nothing is going to get in the Los Angeles Kings’ way of winning this season’s Stanley Cup. They have already rolled through the top two seeds in the West with a five-game series victory over No.1 Vancouver and a four-game sweep of No.2 seed St. Louis. The Kings raised their record on the road in the postseason to a perfect 6-0 with a 4-2 victory over Pacific Division rival Phoenix in Sunday night’s Game 1 as 111 road favorites. The total went ‘over’ the five-goal line.
The Coyotes came into this series with their own head of steam after ousting Chicago in six games and rolling over Nashville in five, but if they do not find a way to match the intensity level of Los Angeles in Game 2, they will quickly find themselves in a 0-2 hole heading to the Staples Center for the next two games.
Los Angeles has been opened as 130 road favorites for Tuesday night’s game with the total set at 4.5. Both Jonathan Quick for the Kings and Mike Smith for the Coyotes have been incredible in goal so the ‘under’ is always a strong play despite the six goals scored in Game 1. The Kings have the edge on offense behind Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, who have combined for 11 goals and 13 assists in just 10 games. Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker have combined for nine goals and eight assists for Phoenix in 12 postseason games.
Game 2 Betting Trends
The Kings are 4-1 in their last five games as road favorites and 21-8 in their last 29 games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in nine of their last 14 games as favorites on the road.
The Coyotes are just 7-15 in their last 22 games as home underdogs but 13-4 in their last 17 games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 11 of their last 18 games.
Head-to-head, Los Angeles is only 10-24-2 in its last 35 games in Phoenix, but 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of the last seven meetings in Phoenix.
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