NHL Series Prices and Picks


The NHL playoffs are finally here and if you haven’t already maxed out your budget on Stanley Cup and conference futures, series prices are a fun way to get some action in every round. Below I’ll be posting my game-by-game analysis of each series and updating the odds daily.

Make sure to check back as the playoffs progress and for other futures, head over to our Stanley Cup and conference pages. 

Series Prices as of April 10, 2017

New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

  • Rangers +105
  • Canadiens -125

The Rangers are likely a better team than either of the Bruins or Senators and that makes this an interesting matchup. Montreal swept the Blueshirts in their three-game series in the regular season and hold advantages in many key areas, including goaltending, defending and team Corsi for. This one isn’t as close as it appears on paper. Pick: Canadiens in 6

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

Going 11-25 straight up against teams that made the playoffs this year, the Bruins are not for real. The Senators blew them out of the water in their season matchup – sweeping the B’s 4-0 while outscoring them 12-6 and going 4-0 on the puckline. If Erik Karlsson is healthy and playing 30 minutes a night, the Sens are an excellent value bet. Pick: Senators in 7

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

  • Blue Jackets +153
  • Penguins -173

This series will come down to how well Sergei Bobrovsky plays. He’s been one of the best players of the second half of the season but he could be fatigued and the Blue Jackets were one of the worst teams in the final 10 games of the campaign, losing seven of their final eight games. Bob steals a couple of games for the Jackets but, ultimately, their playoff woes continue and the Penguins limp into the second round to meet the Capitals. Pick: Penguins in 6

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

  • Maple Leafs +260
  • Capitals -310

Not much analysis is needed here. Don’t be the idiot who picks the Maple Leafs. Yes, I’m talking to you, Toronto fans. Pick: Caps in 5

St. Louis Blues vs Minnesota Wild

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

St. Louis is the best team no one is talking about. The Blues come into the playoffs scorching hot, with two goalies who are both playing out of their minds. Additionally, they were the best defensive club in the second half of the season, giving up an average of just 1.88 goals per game in their 32 games after the all-star break.

If you eliminate the Wild’s four-game winning streak at the end of the season, they were godawful down the stretch and just like the Blue Jackets, I think this expansion franchise gets the early boot. Pick: Blues in 6

San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

The Oilers came incredibly close to stealing the division crown from the Ducks but Anaheim managed to hold on and, realistically, I think it worked out for everyone involved – except the Flames. Edmonton now takes on a Sharks team that since March 16 has been possibly the worst playoff team in the league, going 4-9 straight up.

Edmonton was excellent against division opponents all season with a 20-6-3 overall record and with Connor McDavid at the helm, anything is possible. Pick: Oilers in 7

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

  • Predators +155
  • Blackhawks -175

Although I’m still not sold on the Blackhawks, they probably win this series. The ’Hawks dominated the Predators when they played them this season (4-1 straight up with an average of four goals scored for per game) and have proved me wrong at every corner so far. It hurts me badly to do this but I have to. Pick: Blackhawks in 5

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

I love the Flames, just not against the Ducks. They haven’t won a game in Anaheim since 2006 (a span of 27 straight games) and went 1-4 straight up and on the puckline against the quackers in the regular season. Calgary is well on its way to being an established team capable of making deep runs but they’re not quite there. Try again next year, boys. Pick: Ducks in 5


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