The NHL playoffs have finally arrived. Here are the playoff matchups and series moneylines.
1) Washington -650
8) Montreal +450
This will be an easy win for Washington. Ovechkin is too good and the Caps are heading into the playoffs as the #1 overall seed. The -650 is the highest line I have seen in years and is bringing back memories of 282’s Detroit bet from college. This series seems like an easy base building series for the playoffs, but crazy things happen in the NHL playoffs. Just last year, the Caps as the #1 seed trailed the Rangers 3-1 before coming back and winning game 7. Goaltending was the issue last year and Theodore was pulled after Game 1, and Varlamov carried them in the playoffs. Well, this year Theodore is back between the pipes and I just can’t lay 650 on him. I would normally put a small play on the #8 seed in this situation, but Montreal is one of the teams on my short list of teams I will never bet on in my lifetime.
Final wager: Nothing, what a disappointing way to start the playoffs. This is my first no action series in years.
2) New Jersey -235
7) Philadelphia +195
Philly needed a shootout win over NYR just to make the playoffs and they were lucky enough to pass the Habs and avoid the Caps. Philly was 5-1 against NJ this season. This should be an entertaining series and NJ is one of those teams I barely wager on. I think Philly takes advantage of getting the #7 seed.
Final wager: Philly $50 to win $98
3) Buffalo -165
6) Boston +145
Are you guys ready for a series full of 2-1 finals? Rask and Miller were 1-2 in save% and Goals against this year. The Bruins were last in scoring and the Sabres top scorers are battling injuries. The B’s were 4-2 against Buffalo this year and Rask seems to be at his best against the Sabres. The B’s battled to get the #6 seed and the result was their best possible matchup of the top four seeds.
Final wager: Boston $100 to win $145
4) Pittsburgh -295
5) Ottawa +245
Pitt is in a familiar spot as they were the #4 seed last year and we all know how that worked out. Ottawa has been in the playoff fold all year but they are one of the streakiest teams in the league and are relying on rookie goalie Brian Elliott. Pitt has the goaltending edge and the playoff experience. They also have the second best player in the league in Crosby. This will be an easy win for the Pens in 5 games and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a sweep. This line is high for a 4/5 series but this one has the feel of a 2/7 matchup.
Final wager: Pitt $500 to win $170