Friday’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Betting Preview

  • The Colorado Avalanche are favored to defeat the Arizona Coyotes with -200 odds.
  • The Washington Capitals have -125 odds to beat the New York Islanders.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers have -155 odds to beat the Montreal Canadiens.

TORONTO – Game 2 of Round 1 across the NHL is set for action during Friday’s schedule of NHL playoff games.

The action begins early today as the first puck drop will be at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Kicking off the action today is the Colorado Avalanche as online sportsbooks have them favored against the Arizona Coyotes.

Coyotes vs. Avalanche Odds

  • Coyotes (+170) vs. Avalanche (-200)
  • Over 5.5 (+105), Under 5.5 (-125)

It is clear that the Avalanche are favored to take a 2-0 lead in the series against the Coyotes for a reason. During game one, the Coyotes were shut out as they did not score once as they went on to lose the game 3-0.

Colorado has the major upper hand here being that they are a tough team finishing in second place in the Central Division. Bettors can take the Avalanche to win here with ease.

Looking at the total points, bettors can easily take the under here as it is also favored for a reason. When these two teams have played before, the over was not hit at all. Besides, in Game 1, Arizona was shut out and clearly overpowered as they could not get anything going at all.

Bettors can expect Colorado to do their part in scoring but Arizona will continue to have a tough time.

Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Montreal Canadiens

In the second game of the day, the Philadelphia Flyers NHL odds are seen as the favorites to win against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 2.

Flyers vs. Canadiens Odds

  • Flyers (-155) vs. Canadiens (+135)
  • Over 5 (-135), Under 5 (+115)

The Flyers are rightfully expected to take a 2-0 series lead today as they came away with Game 1 with a 2-1 score.

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Philly is also a very strong team as they ended the regular season with a 41-21 record which was good enough for second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Canadiens, on the other hand, have had it rough as they went 31-31 on the year.

Bettors should be taking the Flyers to take Game 2 with no questions.

As for the total points, this is where bettors can look to take a riskier bet and bet the under as it is the underdog. Despite the to teams either pushing or going over in their three regular-season meetings, playoff hockey is a different game and bettors should take game one as an example being that the over was not even in sight.

New York Islanders Vs. Washington Capitals

The Islanders are surprising seen as the underdog in this one as even though they were able to take Game 1.

Islanders vs. Capitals Odds

  • Islanders (+105) vs. Capitals (-125)
  • Over 5.5 (+115), Under 5.5 (-135)

Despite being the underdog going into game one, the Islanders were able to pull off the upset and steal the first game.

The two did split the regular season four-game series two games a piece, but the Islanders are going into the playoffs with the hot hand as they went 3-1 during the Stanley Cup qualifier series while the Caps went 1-2.

Bettors could take the risk here and bet on the Islanders to upset the Caps one more time.

The total points for the game surprisingly has the under favored here. In three of the four regular-season games that they scored, the over was hit three times.

The over was also hit in game one as well. Bettors should take note of this and take the over here for a nice payout.