NHL Playoff odds 2019
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- 01NHL playoff bracket predictions 2019
- 02What are the types of NHL Playoff Odds
- 03How do NHL Hockey Playoffs work
NHL playoff bracket predictions 2019
Round 3 - Conference Finals
Pairs on the third round
Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes
Bruins won the series 4 - 0
San Jose Sharks vs St Louis Blues
Blues won the series 4 - 2
Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Only four teams remain in the 2019 NHL playoffs bracket. Here are our 2019 NHL playoffs bracket predictions for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs round 3.
The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes matchup in the NHL playoff bracket For only the third time in NHL history.
The last time the two teams played, the Carolina Hurricanes won the series 4-3. Of course, that was in 2009.
The Bruins have a few players remaining from their 2009 roster (Chara, Krejci and Bergeron), but otherwise, both teams have changed and experienced much different success over the last decade.
The 2009 playoffs were the last time the Hurricanes made a postseason until this year. The inexperience has not shown during their run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
However, Boston is a different beast than the “historically not great in the playoff Washington Capitals” and the “probably as inexperienced New York Islanders.”
The Bruins physical style of hockey has helped them to the best goal differential (+0.93) and power play percentage (28.6%) this postseason.
Carolina has done an excellent job these playoffs at limiting teams from generating scoring opportunities allowing a playoff-low 27.1 shots per game. The low shot attempts have helped goaltender Petr Mrazek to a 2.22 GAA.
However, Petr Mrazek's save percentage is only.913 or .025 behind Tuukka Rask who leads the NHL playoffs in save percentage.
As fun as those “bunch of jerks” have been to watch this year, the Bruins are the better team and the better bet to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Pick: Boston Bruins to Win the Series (-208)
Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues
The San Jose Sharks and St. Blues square off in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2015. Back in 2015, Jumbo Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski led the Sharks to a 4-2 series win.
Entering this series, the Sharks have the advantage on offence. The Sharks have the three top-scoring players in the postseason as Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl each have 14 points going into the Western Conference Finals.
No player on the Blues has more than 11 points through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
On defence is where the Blues make their money this postseason.
The Blues allow 0.53 fewer goals per game than the Sharks. The Blues have been better at limiting shots than the Sharks, helping Jordan Binnington have a statistical advantage over Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones.
However, the Sharks are no slouches themselves. The Sharks lead all teams entering the Conference Finals in hits, blocks and takeaways. The Blues have a bit of an edge on defence.
The Sharks top power play line has taken advantage of teams this postseason. Hertl and Couture combine for seven goals on the power play (with Erik Karlsson setting up four goals himself).
The Sharks also kill off penalties more efficiently than the Blues.
While the Blues have been the best story in the NHL this season, climbing out of the basement of the NHL standings on January 1 to the Western Conference Finals, the Sharks are the better team.
The Sharks players have come up big when called upon, and their offensive depth and special teams will give the Blues more than they can handle.
Pick: San Jose Sharks to Win the Series (-143)
Round 2 - Division Finals
All Division leaders from the regular season are out - say goodbye to Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators and reigning champions Washington Capitals.
Pairs on the second round
Boston Bruins vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Bruins won the series 4 - 2
Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Islanders
Hurricanes won the series 4 - 0
Dallas Stars vs St Louis Blues
Blues won the series 4 - 3
San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche
Sharks won the series 4-3
Round 1 - Division semifinals
Pairs on the first round
Colorado Avalanche vs Calgary Flames
Avalanche won the series 4 - 1
Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators
Stars won the series 4 - 2
San Jose Sharks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Sharks won the series 4 - 3
Winnipeg Jets vs St Louis Blues
Blues won the series 4 - 3
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Columbus
Blue Jackets Blue Jackets won the series 4 - 0
New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Islanders won the series 4 - 0
Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Hurricanes won the series 4-3
Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Bruins won the series 4 - 3
What are the types of NHL Playoff Odds
NHL betting in Canada is at its peak when the NHL Playoffs start.
You must keep in mind some different considerations compared to the NHL regular season before placing his wager: home ice advantage, solid goaltending, previous Stanley Cup experience, regular season head to head results are some of them.
NHL Playoff Vegas Odds are explained below and we hope this will help you placing your wager.
NHL Playoffs Moneyline
A moneyline wager involves picking whether the favourite or underdog will outright win the game.
Throughout the first round of the NHL playoffs until the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL moneylines are the most popular betting option.
Once the postseason starts, NHL playoffs odds on games are much closer. Even in last year’s one vs. eight series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils, no moneyline exceeded -238 on a favourite.
Once out of the first round of the playoffs, about every moneyline on the favourite range between -140 and -190 (barring some significant injury).
The lines progressively get closer until the Stanley Cup Finals, where moneyline favourites are in the -125 to -165 range.
NHL Playoffs Puck Line
Despite the surprising fact that fewer games are decided by one goal in the playoffs than in the regular season (35% in the 2018 playoffs vs. 41.5% in the 2019 regular season), the puck line is even less popular in the playoffs.
One reason is that road teams win about 50% of games in the playoffs. In the 2018 NHL playoffs, road teams won 52.4% of games.
When road teams, who are a majority of the time underdogs in the NHL playoffs, win about half the games, it is a better betting strategy to bet them on the moneyline.
Of course, if you shop NHL lines and consistently check hockey playoff odds, to see when the public has been hammering one side, the puck line can be worth a wager.
NHL Playoffs Over Under
Some may expect over/under betting lines to see a change once the postseason starts. However, unlike moneyline and puck lines, this type of bet remains relatively consistent with the regular season.
In some cases, the NHL playoffs are higher scoring, on average, than the regular season.
In 2018, games averaged a total of 5.94 goals. That number increased slightly in the playoffs to 6.02 total goals per game.
The 2019 NHL season is the highest scoring (excluding the 2005-06 post-lockout year) since 1996. With the increase in goals, most NHL over/under lines are at 6.0. Expect the same in the playoffs.
NHL Playoffs Futures and Props
Once the NHL playoffs commence, NHL futures are whittled down to the 16 teams remaining and their odds winning their Conference and the Stanley Cup.
The biggest underdogs at the start of the playoffs open around +2000 to win the Stanley Cup. Betting on underdogs is not a wrong approach in the NHL.
From to 2009 to 2018, as many eight seeds have won the Cup as one seeds.
Generally, the best value on NHL futures, once the NHL playoffs start, is to look at the odds on Division runner-ups. For example the Vegas Golden Knights (+520) and St. Louis Blues (+600) are offering good value to win the Western Conference. Both have quality rosters and are heating up at the right time.
Some futures and props are taken off most online sportsbooks at the start of the playoffs. Division winners are the obvious one, but many player props are taken off the books, even though the NHL awards are not announced until after the Stanley Cup Finals.
How do NHL Hockey Playoffs work
NHL Playoff Vegas Odds
Starting in the 1979-80 season, the NHL playoffs have featured 16 teams. There have been changes from the original NHL playoff expansion in 1980, such as increasing the first round from five to seven games and playoff seeding.
In 2019 playoffs, every series is a best of seven and seeding plays a significant (albeit controversial due to the current playoff format) role in the postseason. The two Division winners from each Conference play the two Wild Card teams, the other two series are between the second, and third place teams in their Divisions.
The winner of the second and third place series plays the winner of the series between the Division champion and Wild Card team. For example, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs (the second and third place teams in the Atlantic Division) will play in the first round.
The winner of that series will play the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning (the consensus Stanley Cup favourite and Atlantic Division Champion) second Wild Card series. After that, the last two teams meet in the Conference Finals, with the winners moving on to the Stanley Cup.
When do they start
The 2019 NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday, April 9. The regular season finished on April 6 and the first round of playoffs go until April 24. Five series start the first day, and the remaining three start the day after. On the rare occasion, especially in cities where the NHL franchise shares their arena with an NBA team, the series could start on Friday.
There is no exact start date for the following rounds in the postseason. On average most start about 15 days after the start of the first round. However, series have been pushed up in the instance that the teams playing in the second round swept their first round opponents. The starting dates of the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup are similar to the second round. Typically the NHL playoffs conclude a few days into June, with the final game about a dozen games into June if the series last seven games.