New York Islanders (1.91) vs Philadelphia Flyers (1.91)
Firstly, we look to the series between these two giants, with the series tied 1-1 after an excellent winner from Philippe Myers to clinch a win for the Flyers.
The NHL betting odds have this one at evens and rightly so, these two teams are quite capable of putting up Stanley Cup-winning performances on their day.
The Islanders have the likes of Pageau, Lee and Beauvillier firing at the Flyers goal. While Philadelphia has Hayes, Couturier and Konecny all in fine form as we enter game three.
It will be a close tie no matter what happens. But we can see the Flyers edging them out, they boast a better all-round game and we expect them to capitalize on that.
Pick the Flyers to win.
To beat the New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks (2.60) vs Vegas Golden Knights (1.53)
The Knights look like the team to beat this year, with all the top NHL betting sites backing them as favourites to take the Stanley Cup off the St Louis Blues at the end of the season.
The Vancouver Canucks haven’t looked like world-beaters in the postseason. However, they managed to beat the Knights in convincing fashion in their last.
A 5-2 victory, with goals for Pettersson, Toffoli, Pearson and a couple for Horvat. This will really put the wind in their sails going into game 3. They are quite capable of beating the Knights, but they need to bring that aggression to this game.
The Knights did concede in their last, but they’ll be quietly confident. They boast an excellent defence and are clinical in attack.
Expect the Knights to win.
Vegas Golden Knights
To beat the Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins (1.89) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (1.96)
Tampa Bay wiped the floor with the Bruins in game 3 of the series, taking the game 7-1. We all know what these two teams can do, but I don’t think anybody expected that.
The Bruins must regroup and look to change their game on the ice. If they expect to progress in the NHL playoffs this year, they need to start playing the type of hockey they were playing in the regular season pre-lockdown.
For the Lightning, it’s looking a lot sunnier. Their offensive outfit scored a handful in the last, with Kucherov, Point, Sergachev, Gourde, Palat all grabbing a goal and Alex Killorn bagging 2 and an assist.
They will be brimming with confidence and it will take a full 180 from the Bruins to put on a competitive performance against the Tampa Bay team we saw in game 2. Marchand and Pastrnak are two of the best in the league and quite capable of bringing the series to a tie at 2-2.
Take the Bruins to win.
To beat the Tampa Bay Lightning