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Predators Headline Latest 2018 Stanley Cup Odds

Predators Headline Latest 2018 Stanley Cup Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

The Nashville Predators fell just short of the Stanley Cup last season, but entering the second round of the NHL playoffs this week they’re leading the contenders on the 2018 Stanley Cup odds. Here’s a look at the four second-round series, with games starting up Thursday night.

 

Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators

The Predators are pegged at +450 on the Stanley Cup odds as they prepare to take on the Winnipeg Jets (+600) in Game 1 of their best-of-seven second-round series on Friday night. Nashville, which earned the Presidents’ Trophy this past regular season after falling in the Stanley Cup final to the Pittsburgh Penguins last spring, is a -155 betting favorite for Game 1, with Winnipeg the +135 road underdog for the contest.

Nashville had a bit of trouble with the upstart Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs, needing six games to eliminate the Western Conference’s second Wild Card team. Winnipeg had a slightly easier time in the opening round of the playoffs, dispatching the Minnesota Wild in just five games. The Predators held the edge during the regular season with a 3-2 record against the Jets. Nashville is a -145 favorite on the series prices.

 

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights surprised with their successful inaugural season, and they proved it wasn’t a fluke in the first round of the playoffs with a sweep of the Los Angeles Kings. That has Vegas at +600 on the Stanley Cup odds and set as -145 favorites on the NHL playoff odds for Game 1 of their second-round series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

The Sharks (+850) also swept their first-round opponent, needing just the minimum four games to knock out the Anaheim Ducks, but sit as +125 road underdogs on the NHL playoff second round odds for Game 1. The Sharks lost three of their four meetings with the Golden Knights during the regular season, including both of their matchups at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas is a -135 favorite on the series prices.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals

The Penguins and the Washington Capitals open their second-round playoff series on Thursday night as well, with that Eastern Conference Game 1 matchup slightly favoring the Caps at -125 on the moneyline. Sidney Crosby and company split their four meetings with Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals during the regular season, but Pittsburgh has the edge at 12-8 in the last 20 playoff meetings between the clubs dating back to 2009.

Pittsburgh fought off the rival Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the first round, pushing them to +600 on the Stanley Cup odds as they look for their third championship in three years. Washington (+650) eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games in the first round. The Penguins are slim -120 favorites on the series prices.

 

Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning had the shortest first-round series in the East, getting past the New Jersey Devils in just five games to push themselves to +450 on the Stanley Cup odds. In the second round they’ll be up against the team that won the longest first-round series, the Boston Bruins, who claimed Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

The Bruins won 7-4 on Wednesday, and they also won three of their four meetings with the Lightning during the regular season. Tampa Bay, though, blanked the Bruins 4-0 in their most recent matchup on April 3. Totals bettors saw the UNDER go 3-0 with one PUSH in that span.

 

*Odds as of April 26, 2018

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