NHL Playoffs: Lightning And Stars Look To Close Out

  • The NHL Playoffs continue Monday with two teams looking to win their respective seven games series after being up 3-1.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning are getting -120 odds to advance past the Boston Bruins in their series.
  • Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars also look to advance against the Colorado Avalanche where they are the underdog at +115 moneyline odds to -135 for Colorado.

TORONTOThe NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up with two more pivotal matchups on Monday night.

After a barrage of round the clock hockey, the NHL schedule has calmed down a bit, presenting only two matchups to start off the new week.

Both games feature teams looking to get the fourth and final win in the series to move on to the next round. Coming back from being down 3-1 in the NHL isn’t as farfetched as some of the other sports, but is still a monumental task.

The Boston Bruins are the first team playing for their season against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NHL Playoffs – Game 5 – 7:00 p.m. EST

  • Boston Bruins EVEN
  • Tampa Bay Lightning -120
  • Over/Under: 5.5 Goals

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been played motivated so far this year in the playoffs, possibly inspired by their weak showing in recent playoff years.

Boston needs to win the next two games to try and force a Game 7 and will need scoring from David Krejci, Charlie Coyle, and anyone else to help them get there.

There is some good news to work with, as the NHL announced that Nick Ritchie will not receive any additional punishment for his controversial hit on Yanni Gourde.

However, the Bruins will be missing Chris Wagner and likely Sean Kuraly for Monday’s contest.

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The Bruins have a scrappy team that can win any game, but likely will be packing their bags and leaving the bubble after Monday night.

On the other side of Canada, the second playoff series of the night features the Dallas Stars against the Colorado Avalanche.

NHL Playoffs – Game 5 – 9:45 p.m. EST

  • Dallas Stars +115
  • Colorado Avalanche -135
  • Over/Under: 6 Goals

The Avalanche find themselves in an unexpected hole, down 3-1 to the Stars heading into Game 5.

Colorado was the heavy favorite to win the series, with online sportsbooks offering -225 series odds in favor of the Avs.

Colorado has been the favorite in every game so far but has yet to produce more than one win against a tough Dallas squad.

To add to matters, Colorado’s goalie Philipp Grubauer will be unavailable, putting the duty firmly upon the wavering shoulders of Pavel Francouz.

The games in the series have been extremely high-scoring, and oddsmakers favorite the Avs to make it to Game 6 in another shootout.

With that in mind, savvy hockey bettors should look at the total over line for the match, which sits at just six goals.

With unstable goalkeeping from both sides, taking the over is more valuable than a bet on either team.