While the 2021 NHL entry draft isn't viewed as being as deep as the 2020 class, as with Alexis Lafreniere last season, there appears to be a consensus No. 1 - Michigan's Owen Power. The Wolverines freshman defenceman didn't look out of place playing with the men at the IIHF world championship, winning a gold medal skating for Canada, playing in the top defensive pairing. Power is almost certainly going to the Buffalo Sabres.
NHL Futures: Semifinal Playoff Odds Update
Stanley Cup Semifinal Playoff Contenders
Elite Eight NHL playoff action is upon us as Conference Semifinal fights open in the East and West tonight. Top ranked CSB online bookmakers are forecasting a Nashville vs Tampa Bay Stanley Cup Final. The Predators are listed at (+450) at SIA and Bet365 while the Lightning are posted with (+480) high end Championship odds at Bet365. Betway bookmakers have tagged Boston with a (+450) low end line and SportsInteraction is offering a (+550) best price on the Bruins.
Winnipeg is fourth favorite with a line from (+500) at SIA to (+625) at Bet365. Magic continues to morph out of Sin City as the Golden Knights are (+600) across the board. Two-time defending Champion Pittsburgh has the largest price spread as the Penguins best odds (+675) are posted at Bet365 and their low is (+550) at SportsInteraction. Washington's Cup line tops out at (+700) at SIA and Betway while San Jose rounds out the Elite Eight with a (+900) best value at SIA.
Elite Eight Thoughts: Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Nashville and San Jose are Conference Finalists.
NHL Semifinal Playoff Futures Lines Update
Previous Update: NHL Quarterfinal Playoff Round.
Current Odds: From 07/05/18 to 08/05/18 Best Money Line Value
Betting Lines Order: Teams are listed according to their overall position in the standings.
Stanley Cup Futures Update: Semifinal Odds @ 1:30 PM ET on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
26/04/18 Eastern Conference Semifinal Odds Update
Following an easy series win by Tampa Bay, six game wins by Pittsburgh and Washington, plus Boston needing seven games to polish off Toronto - we are down to the Final Four in the East. The Lightning were impressive as they ousted New Jersey 4-1 and outscored the Devils 18-12 in the process. Pittsburgh is in full playoff flight as they finished off Philadelphia 4-2 as Sidney Crosby & Crew blasted the Flyers by a 28-15 combined final count. We are pleased to see that our Pittsburgh (+450) Week One Cup selection is still alive and that their offense is clicking on all cylinders.
Boston opened their Q-Final series with Toronto by raking the Leafs by a 12-4 margin in the first two games. The Buds fought back from being down 3-1 but the Bruins prevailed with a 7-4 Game 7 victory. As we figured it would be, Washington versus Columbus was the closest East battle as the Capitals and Blue Jackets went to overtime during four of their six contests. Boston is in tough against a rested Tampa Bay Crew while Washington has lost to Pittsburgh in the second round of the postseason the past two years. A Lightning vs Penguins high-flying East Final would be electric.
East Final Four Advice: Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins advance in the East.
Week Over Week: From 26/04/18 to 07/05/18 Best Money Line Value
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings.
Eastern Conference Semifinal Odds Update: 2:30 PM ET on May 7, 2018.
26/04/18 Western Conference Semifinal Odds Update
Not as long as the East quarterfinal matchups, the Western Conference Final Four controlled their series basically from start to finish. That is especially true with the matches involving Pacific Division teams as Vegas and San Jose swept Los Angeles and Anaheim in four straight games. The Golden Knights squeaked past the Kings by a thin 7-3 margin while the Sharks blasted the Ducks by a 16-4 count. The Vegas Crew continue to defy the odds as they defeated a very playoff experienced Kings squad. The Sharks looked sharp while dusting off the Ducks who closed the season on a 10-1-1 roll.
Winnipeg was impressive versus Minnesota as the Jets soared past the Wild with 4-1 series win that decided by a 16-9 margin. Connor Hellebuyck posted shutouts in the final two contests and was the difference maker in the Jets advancing. Nashville ran up against a hot Colorado Crew but the Predators got past the Avalanche in six games. Looking to get back to West Final, The Preds scored five goal in three of their wins and held the Av's to 14 goals over the six matches. We bought in on Nashville to win the Cup with a (+900) price back in Week 22 and we still like that prediction.
West Final Four Observation: San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators advance in the West.
Week Over Week: From 26/04/18 to 07/05/18 Best Money Line Value
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings.
Western Conference Semifinal Odds Update: 2:30 PM ET on May 7, 2018.
NBA, MLB and NFL Are Also Hot Tickets In Canada
Quarterfinal action continues in the National Basketball Association as the Toronto vs Washington, Boston vs Milwaukee, Cleveland vs Indiana and Oklahoma City vs Utah series are still being contested. Houston, New Orleans, Golden State and Philadelphia are waiting on their the second round opponents after bumping off Minnesota, Portland, San Antonio and Miami respectively. The Raptors, Celtics, Cavaliers and Jazz all hold 3-2 series leads as this goes to print. We still see a Raptors vs Rockets Championship clash. Click here to access our NBA Finals futures page.
Major League Baseball has reached the one-eighth pole as the schedule is now into Week 5. After Boston ran wild during the first four weeks, things have tightened up some as the top ten playoff positioned teams are separated by just four games. Our MLB World Series futures page is updated on a regular basis. We are also heading into the National Football League Draft Weekend as the selection process begins at 6:00 PM ET on April 26, 2018. Shortly after the NFL Draft is complete, on 28/04/18, we will update our Conference Championship and Super Bowl LIII futures lines.
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Canadian hockey fans have it made. There is no shortage of ways on how to watch the NHL. Whether it's TV stations or online streams, fans can tune in using their phones, tablets, or kick it old school by watching on television. Gone are the days where you had to go to one room and wait for one time to watch the NHL. Here are the many ways to watch the NHL in Canada.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from capturing their second straight Stanley Cup title. They lead the best-of-seven Cup final series against the Montreal Canadiens by a 3-0 count. In the Cup final for the first time in 28 years, Montreal has lost nine of 33 previous Stanley Cup final series. However, the Canadiens have only ever been swept in a final series one time in their history.
The Stanley Cup has gone through some unique firsts during the past two NHL seasons thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year's Cup final series didn't end until September. This year, with the launch of the regular season delayed until January, the Cup final series is stretching into July. One facet that hasn't changed, though, is that no matter when wagers are placed on the games, the bettors want to be certain that they are placing those wagers with the best betting sites for the Stanley Cup Finals.