Odds And Game Times For The Rest Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
- All of the top seeds were eliminated from the NHL Playoffs by the Wild Cards in Round 1.
- The Blue Jackets and Islanders swept their first-round opponents in the Lightning and Penguins, respectively.
- Last year’s Stanley Cup Winner, the Capitals, were ousted in 7 by the Hurricanes in Round 1.
Tallahassee, Fla. – As the Stanley Cups Playoffs are halfway through the second round, the playoff picture is really starting to take form. Sixteen teams have been dropped down to eight and within a few days, only four teams will remain, until one is left holding the Stanley Cup.
Odds are always changing and depending on when you bought in on a certain team can really influence your payout. However, moving forward, the odds will only decrease for the teams that are proving themselves.
Current 2019 Stanley Cup Odds:
- San Jose Sharks +300
- Carolina Hurricanes +350
- Columbus Blue Jackets +450
- St. Louis Blues +550
- Boston Bruins +650
- Dallas Stars +650
- Colorado Avalanche +900
- New York Islanders +2800
Keep in mind that every offshore betting site or licensed in-state sportsbook you choose will post different odds, as they view the outlook of the playoffs in a different manner.
Also, there is the ability to bet on the teams to win their current series. This is a great way to hedge futures bets on the champion, as well as bets made on individual games. Let's explore this.
Columbus Blue Jackets (-210) vs Boston Bruins (+180)
The series is currently in favor of the Blue Jackets, as they lead the Bruins 2-1. Game 4 will be played on Thursday at 7:30 pm EST in Columbus. The fifth game will be played in Boston and the home team will alternate throughout the rest of the series if needed.
Columbus is not a bad play here, as they come in having swept the top-seed lightning in the first round as well as winning seven of their last eight regular season games to even get to this point. They are proving they can be a contender with their durability, strong skating, and coaching experience in John Tortorella.
The Bruins, who have been lacking discipline, may see an earlier than anticipated exit should they not stay focused throughout the game. Five of the six game-winning goals scored by the Blue Jackets in the postseason have been on the power play, so it is imperative the Bruins do not get ahead of themselves. However, with only one point in this series coming from one of their top three regular-season scorers, there is still a fighting chance for the team to recover.
Carolina Hurricanes (-3500) vs New York Islanders (+1400)
The Islanders came into the series after sweeping the Penguins but have been making critical mistakes as of late. The Islanders allowed the fewest goals this season and had only allowed nine goals in their first six playoff games. However, Islander coach Barry Trotz, who left the Stanley Cup Champion in the Washington Capitals last year, has expressed the need for his team to stay focused. For example, goalie Robin Lehner made what he and coach both called a mistake in game 3 while attempting to poke at the puck. A goal was scored after it was stolen mid-air and the team hasn’t looked the same since.
On the other side, the Hurricanes took the Capitals to 7 games in the Round 1, but are able to potentially sweep the Islanders, currently up 3-0. According to Emily Kaplan, the fans are fully behind this team and have already sold over $2.5 million in season tickets for next year from new spectators alone. Game 4 takes place in Carolina on Friday at 7 pm EST.
St. Louis Blues (-155) vs Dallas Stars (+135)
This is the closest series of the round, as it is currently tied 2-2. Game 5 also takes place on Friday in Saint Louis but will be the nightcap, starting at 9:30 pm EST. Game 6 is already a definite and will be played in Dallas on Sunday. However, if it comes down to Game 7, it will come back to Saint Louis, where you can imagine the crowd will be electric.
The Blues came into the second round after beating the Predators in six games. Young goalie Jordan Binnington must keep his cool, as the Blues are facing the same discipline and focus issues that are plaguing the Bruins. While being too aggressive after the conclusion of the second period, Binnington pushed a few players to receive a penalty and immediately after hit the Star’s goalie, Ben Bishop with his stick receiving another penalty during the break.
Young players aren’t always undisciplined or unfocused, which can clearly be seen by the Dallas Stars rookie Roope Hintz. Hintz was nothing to write home about during the regular season, as he scored only nine goals in his 58-game regular season career. However, he has proven to live up to the hype, scoring five goals already through his first ten playoff games.
San Jose Sharks (-290) vs Colorado Avalanche (+245)
The Sharks are up 2-1 in the series that has made somewhat of a recent turn after Game 3. Colorado had not lost a home game since March 15 (against Anaheim), but losing one more puts them in danger to be staring elimination directly in the face. However, if Nathan MacKinnon can keep his trend going, the Avalanche have more than a fighting chance. Other than the first game of the playoffs, MacKinnon has been responsible for five goals and seven assists through the remaining seven games. His play will be vital for the Avalanche moving forward.
LegalSportsBettingSites.com knows without Sharks captain Joe Pavelski (expected to return very soon) playing since Game 7 of the first round, the outlook on the team was quite negative. But stealing one of the games in Colorado has put them in a wonderful position to not even think about the loss of their captain. A huge thanks should be given to Logan Couture, who has continued his playoff dominance. In fact, over the last nine playoffs, only Alexander Ovechkin (with 50) has scored more goals than Couture, who has posted 1 more than Sidney Crosby and 2 more than Patrick Kane, at 43.
Game 4 is slated to be played on Thursday at 10 pm EST on NBCSN. Switching the home team for the remainder of the games, the series will continue to Game 5 on Saturday and the games to potentially close the series, if needed, will take place on Monday and Wednesday of next week.