- During the first round of the 2022 NHL Playoffs, there were a total of five game sevens played.
- The Panthers, Flames, Avalanche, and Hurricanes are favored to advance past round two.
- The status for Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point is unknown for series against the Panthers.
TAMPA- The Tampa Bay Lightning kept their season and three-peat chances alive, with a clutch game seven win that advanced them into the second round over the favored Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nick Paul, acquired by the Lightning in March 2022, scored the only two goals of game seven for Tampa Bay.
Toronto has lost nine closeout playoff games in a row, and are the first team in the history of the NHL, NBA, or MLB, to lose a game seven in the first round, five years in a row.
The Lightning and Maple Leafs game was the fifth game seven that was played over the weekend. The most game sevens to ever be recorded in a single postseason was seven (it occurred three times in 1994, 2011, and 2014) and the 2022 playoffs only need three more to break the record, with round two starting tomorrow.
What's Next For The 2-Time Defending Champs
The second round of the Eastern Conference of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs will officially be the battle for Florida.
The Lightening demonstrated how they have been on top the last two years, but will have to battle it out with the Florida Panthers, who ended the regular season with the highest winning percentage of any team in the league.
Lightning Vs. Panthers Series Odds
- Lightning +130
- Panthers -150
The Lightning were down 3-2 in the series and fought back with two straight victories. The Panthers, on the other hand, were able to win three straight and close out the Washington Capitals in six games.
During Tampa Bay's game seven, forward Brayden Point went down with a leg injury in the first period and was not able to continue playing.
Although the extent of his injury is unknown, the Lightening would have a huge disadvantage without him on the ice, versus the Panthers.
Round Two Series Prices- Rangers On A Hot Streak
As the first round has shown, there have been many close games, and betting on the underdog always has a chance for a decent payout through online sportsbooks.
Ranger And Hurricanes Odds
- Rangers +175
- Hurricanes -210
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Both of the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes were heavy favorites to have any easy time moving past the first round, and both teams were pushed into a game seven.
However, the Rangers are currently holding a lot of momentum and are the hotter team at the moment.
The Rangers fell into a 3-1 series hole in their previous series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, after a 7-2 blowout win for the Penguins in game four.
Although the next three games were tightly contested, the Rangers showed that they know how to win, by overcoming the 3-1 hole and moving on to the next round.
The Rangers were only the 31'st team to overcome a 3-1 series lead in the history of the NHL playoffs.
Looking Towards The Cup
As the second round of the NHL playoffs officially kicks off on Tuesday night, we get a different look at the odds to win the Stanley Cup.
Colorado has been the favorite to win the championship since the playoffs started, and they were the only team to pull off a series sweep in the first round.
NHL Champion Odds
- Avalanche +200
- Panthers +350
- Flames +550
- Hurricanes +650
- Lightning +700
- Oilers +1000
- Rangers +1500
- Blues +1600
The Hurricanes and the Lightning both have long odds, but have both shown they can be pushed to a game seven and find a way to pull through.
When it comes to betting on the NHL playoffs, title odds can change quickly, and now is the best time to take advantage of long odds.
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