NHL Series Betting Prices by Sportsbook

The 2013 NHL Playoffs kick off Tuesday April 30th. NHL bettors have a choice of betting the series odds, against the spread prices, or NHL Stanley Cup futures. This article compares the prices offered by each of the industry's best online sportsbooks, as well as previews the opening round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

Conference Finals

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Boston Bruins
Pittsburgh Penguins
+170
-185
+170
-195
+160
-190
+175
-205
+166
-185

Conference Semifinals

Ottawa Senators vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will square off in one of the more intriguing second-round matchups. While the West matchups appear to be straightforward for handicapping purposes, this particularly series could be more open than people think. The Penguins are a sizable favorite according to the oddsmakers at Bet365 - but proceed with caution. The New York Islanders were a handful for the Penguins in Round 1 because of their speed and the scary thing is that Ottawa has even more of it.

The Pens have some issues in net as Marc-Andre Fleury has been benched in favor of Tomas Vokoun. While he’s played well, there’s a reason why Vokoun was the team’s backup: he’s solid but unspectacular. In other words, the Sens could have a huge edge in net in this series with Craig Anderson, who allowed just nine goals in the opening round (Pittsburgh allowed 17). Anderson also led the league in save percentage and goals-against average in the regular season. The truth is that Pittsburgh just looked old and slow in the first round. They were bailed out by Isles goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who allowed a whopping 25 goals in six games but the Sens won’t be as generous. Be cautious betting the Pens here; I would even recommend a sprinkle on the Senators to pull a stunner here.

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins
+420
-475
+415
-520
+380
-510
+405
-500
+422
-498

 

 

New York Rangers vs Boston BruinsIf you like ugly hockey, get ready for an ugly series between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. The Bruins looked old and slow against Toronto, and barely survived. Going back to the regular season, this team has been a shadow of the one that started the season 17-3-3. On the flip side, you have the New York Rangers, who went on the road and upset the Washington Capitals in seven games. Aside from Game 7’s five-goal outburst, the Rangers only scored two goals in the other three road games. That’s not encouraging.This series just seems perfectly tailored for the Rangers: low scoring, ugly with an emphasis on goaltending. While they don’t have home-ice advantage, they have the better goaltender. Bruins fans should be worried about how they finished the last series.

 

 

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
New York Rangers
Boston Bruins
OTB OTB OTB OTB OTB


Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks

The odds at Bet365 indicate that the Blackhawks are a huge favorite in this series but you might want to be careful laying all of that juice. The Red Wings really pushed the Blackhawks in the regular season even though they lost all four meetings. At a closer glance, three of the four losses came in either overtime or shootouts. However, the Red Wings looked old and slow in Round 1. The Anaheim Ducks were inexperienced and insecure. The Ducks were shaky in net and constantly putting themselves in bad positions. Also, the Ducks did do some scoring but none of their players were particularly dominant in the series and the Ducks blue line was very weak. Overall, this is a bad matchup for Detroit. The Blackhawks will slow down the likes of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wings won’t have answers for all of the Blackhawks firepower.

 

 

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks
-170
+160
-175
+155
OTB -180
+160
-175
+158


San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings

Get ready for an under-fest in this one. San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi played like a Vezina Trophy-candidate this season and Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick stood on his head in the first round. Oddly enough, these teams met four times this season and combined for at least five goals each time, but I still expect we’ll see lots of unders. The Sharks are a low-scoring team with low morale. They are coming off a sweep of the Vancouver Canucks but that win was just as much about the Canucks self-imploding as it was the Sharks winning. However, the Kings really impressed me with four straight wins over the Blues.The odds at 5Dimes favor the Kings and I don’t see this series being too difficult for them. I think they win in about five or six games max.

 

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
San Jose Sharks
Los Angeles Kings
+120
-130
-115
+105
+110
-130
+120
-140
+125
-138

Round One NHL Playoffs

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins

 

The New York Islanders were an excellent road team all season, finishing 14-6-4. However, they lost four of five to the Pens in the regular season while being outscored 16-5 in the four losses. The Islanders have an opening as Sidney Crosby has yet to be cleared, though he’s close. They’ll also have to take advantage of the Pens 25th-ranked penalty killing unit. At the end of the day, the Islanders lack the depth and experience to get the job done. They might be feisty but it’s hard to see them winning more than two games max.

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
NY Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
+255
-280
+245
-295
+250
-300
+240
-285
+249
-281

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals

Everyone knows that the Capitals are hot but few people notice that the Rangers won 10 of 14 games in April. They also won two of three from the Capitals this season with the only loss being a 3-2 shootout shortcoming. The Capitals finished the year 15-2-2 but were fortunate in meeting many sub-.500 teams during their hot streak. The Rangers edged them last year and will look to do so once again.

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
NY Rangers
Washington Capitals
+100
-110
-105
-115
+100
-120
+100
-120
+100
-110

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins are slumping heading into the playoffs as they lost seven of nine to end the year and blew their opportunity to have the No. 2 seed in the East. However, this could turn out to be a good thing. The Leafs lost four of six to end the year and haven’t been in the playoffs in a long time. While many people will believe the Leafs are capable of the upset here, the Bruins have a huge edge in experience and that should be the difference. Also, the Bruins have a huge edge in net where Tuukka Rask performed like a Vezina Trophy candidate – even as the team slumped – whereas the Maple Leafs are giving James Reimer his first taste of playoff action.

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
OTB OTB OTB OTB OTB

Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens

Like Boston, Montreal slumped down the stretch of the season but somehow lucked into a No. 2 seeding. This actually helps them. Previously, they would have had to play Toronto, who had their number at the end of the year but instead, they get Ottawa. Ottawa scrapped their way into the playoffs but they don’t have home-ice advantage. For most of the year, they were one of the best home teams in the league but they lost their last three at home. Goaltender Carey Price has a 1.58 GAA against Ottawa this season and 1.61 from 2010-2012, so the Habs are deservedly favored on the odds.

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens
-650
+535
-740
+540
-750
+530
-670
+530
-645
+530


Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks

Of all of the first round matchups, this contest should play out pretty much as the odds indicate: a Blackhawks blowout. The Blackhawks are the best team in the league and finished the year 9-2-1. Meanwhile, the Wild were lucky to make the playoffs but finished the year 5-8-1. While the No. 8 seed surprised the No. 1 seed last year, don’t expect that to happen here. The Blackhawks will make quick work of the Wild.

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Minnesota Wild
Chicago Blackhawks
OTB OTB OTB OTB OTB


Detroit Red Wings vs Anaheim Ducks

 

The Red Wings look like a solid underdog play at Pinnacle in this spot. They come into the playoffs on a four-game winning streak and they’ll have a legitimate shot to upend a Ducks team that has been anything but impressive recently. The Ducks started the year 22-3-4 but are since just 8-9-2. The Red Wings have a hot goaltender in Jimmy Howard while the Ducks have two options, which really means they don’t have one elite one. The Red Wings won two of three meetings between the teams and could pull a big surprise here in the first round.

 

 

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Detroit Red Wings
Anaheim Ducks
+315
-345
+295
-355
+300
-360
+300
-360
+301
-345

San Jose Sharks vs Vancouver Canucks

This is an ugly series to handicap as both teams were extremely streaky throughout the year. The Sharks had two separate seven-game winning streaks this season but also had a stretch where they lost 16 of 21. The Canucks had two separate six-game winnings streaks but also had a stretch where they lost nine of 12. They also ended the year by losing five of eight. The Sharks have an elite goaltender in Antti Niemi while the Canucks have two goalies that haven’t been able to step up.

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks
OTB OTB OTB OTB OTB

Los Angeles Kings vs St Louis Blues

The Los Angeles Kings are still the Stanley Cup champs but they haven’t had that same magic they carried last season. When you look at the month of April, no team has played better than the Blues. They won 12 of 15 and goaltender Brian Elliott might be the hottest in the NHL right now (1.30 GAA, .947 save percentage in April). They are peaking at the right time, so a bet on St. Louis may be in order.

Series winner 5Dimes Heritage Bookmaker BetOnline Pinnacle
Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues
-345
+315
-360
+300
-360
+300
-365
+305
-345
+301


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Posters' Poll Pts Rating
#1 5Dimes 675
#2 Heritage 665
#3 Bookmaker 380
#4 Pinnacle 310
#5 BetOnline 165
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