Oilersnation Betway Bets of the Day — How I’m betting on the first round of the playoffs

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
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Welcome to a special edition of the Betway Bets of the Day. I’m going to be diving into some odds for the NHL Playoffs as a whole, and how I’m going to be wagering money this postseason.
In this article, I’ll be detailing my outright bets as well as my first-round bets. At the bottom of the article, we’ll have our play for Monday’s games.
All wagers will be for one unit.


Edmonton Oilers +550

We are Oilersnation after all. 🙂
But beyond that, I truly believe the Oilers have as good of a shot to win the cup this year as they have since 2005-06. The team is firing on all cylinders through the back half of the season going 29-5-6 since January 10th posting a league-best .800 points percentage. They have two of the best players in the world, and a roster featuring legitimate depth. Sign me up.

Boston Bruins +300

I mean, yeah. They’re really good. I’ll admit I picked the Panthers over the Bruins in the first round of my bracket, and I’m also going to be betting on the Panthers to win that series because I think the value is hard to pass up.
The truth of the matter is though the Bruins, much like the Colorado Avalanche last year, are heavy cup favourites in the betting market for a reason. They had the second-best record next to the Oilers since Jan. 10 and just had the bet regular season of all time.

New Jersey Devils +1200

Gimme the Devils to go on a deep run and win their first cup in 20 years. New Jersey just enjoyed their best regular season since they won that cup in 2002-03, and I think they have the chops to do some serious damage in these playoffs. They are without a doubt my favourite sleeper choice.
The biggest area of concern for me is the goaltending. Can Vitek Vanecek shut the door? Beyond that, they have been one of the strongest teams in the league this season. Let’s see if they can make some noise.

Tampa Bay Lightning +2000

Too many people are writing off the Tampa Bay Lightning. Have none of you seen those movies where supervillains are born because people doubted them? Okay fine, I get it — Tampa’s been to three consecutive cups winning two of them and just had their weakest regular season since 2016-17. That being said, I’m not ready to discount them and at these odds, I’m not sure how you don’t take a swing at them.

First round matchups — series winners

Florida Panthers +275

As I mentioned above, this is a bit of a hedge bet I suppose. While the Panthers are about league average defensively, they are still generating tons of offence and have elite special teams units. The biggest question mark here for Flordia will be if they can get goaltending or not. Alex Lyon, who went 9-4-2 with a .912 save percentage, gets the start in game one.
Another reason I’m leaning into Florida here is the Bruins reportedly have a sickness going through the room right now and B’s bench boss Jim Montgomery called it “a little bit” disconcerting.

New Jersey Devils -120

As I mentioned above I love the Devils are sleepers here in the playoffs. The market likes them, but the public seems to be leaning towards the Rangers. The only advantage I see the Rangers having in this series is goaltending but in the same breath, the Devils went 3-0-1 outscoring them 14-11.

Dallas Stars -1.5 +130

Gimme the Stars here. I really like this Dallas team who made some noise in the first round last year against the Calgary Flames. If you remember, Dallas peppered the hell out of a Calgary team that ended up getting dominated by the Oilers in the second round of the playoffs.

First round matchups — player points

Connor McDavid to score 12+ points +375

I’ll forever bet on Connor McDavid to do things people think he can’t. Last year in the Oilers’ seven game series against the Kings, McDavid scored 14 points and did so with ease. Even though he was held to just three points in four games, McDavid has shown an ability to hit another level in the postseason, so I won’t be counting him out here again.

Monday’s plays

Our first bet of the day will be taking Jason Robertson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to score 1+ points. These odds sit at +108.
Both of these players have been highly involved in the offence for their respective clubs this season and finished the season strong. In each of their final 10 games, Robertson scored 18 points while Nugent-Hopkins had 16. Look for them both to be involved in the offence tonight.
Our second bet of the day will be taking the Florida Panthers on the moneyline. These odds sit at +192.
There’s tons of value on the Panthers in this game tonight, and this series as a whole. As you could see above, I like Florida overall against Boston and the B’s will likely be without Patrice Bergeron in game one tonight. After winning two of four regular season games, look for another one here tonight.
Record: 135-113 (+27.19u)
Last 30: 13-9 (+13.81u)
Last 7: 3-1 (+6.57u)

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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