Our resident NHL consultant examines the adjusted Eastern Conference series prices in order to come up with a logical betting value. Join us in reading his interesting takes on both series that pertain to current betting prices.
Reversing Roles in the NHL Eastern Conference
My how things have changed since the NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals began. Both series underdogs appear to be in the driver’s seat. I’m going to reevaluate the Eastern Conference bracket in an attempt to uncover betting value.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Prior to the start of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Montreal was installed as a -115 money line favorite and Tampa Bay at -105 to win the series. Needless to say, those betting odds have changed drastically after the Lightning won each of the first two games at Montreal. After all, Tampa Bay was the best home team in the NHL during the regular season, going an outstanding 32-9 against the money line, and they return to their own barn with a 2-0 series lead. The NHL betting odds at Bovada now has Tampa Bay at a mammoth -650 and Montreal +480 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s hard to count out any team that has the caliber of goalie like Carey Price. However, after a pathetic performance in a Game 2 blowout loss, it would be difficult to fathom the Canadiens storming back to win. I predicted the Lightning would win this series at the outset, and nothing I’ve witnessed thus far has led to me to change my mind.
New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
The Rangers opened this Eastern Conference Semifinal series as a prohibitive favorite of -180, and Washington as a juicy +160. Things have certainly not played true to form so far for the Rangers. Washington leads the series 2-1, and is set to host Game 4 on Wednesday. The NHL betting odds at Bookmaker now lists Washington at -170 and the Rangers at +150. I perceive this to be a good opportunity for adding some value onto my initial series bets on the Rangers winning in exactly four or five games, both coming at odds of +324. Obviously I’ve already lost one of those bets, and the other is still alive. Just in case the Rangers aren’t able to win three in a row, and close out the series in six games, I’m going to back up my wagers by doubling down on the “Blue Shirts” at the current odds of +150. This has been a closely contested series throughout the first three games in which the Rangers could easily be ahead at this juncture, and I’m not willing to concede by any means.