Vegas failed to deliver at home last night, going down 3-2 in their series against Montreal. Tonight it’s Game 6 of the Lightning-Islanders series where the Islanders will have to come through at home, or else their season is over and Nassau Coliseum’s final game will be a playoff loss – just shy of the Stanley Cup Final.
This page looks at the latest and best odds on each Stanley Cup Playoff game, as well as Cup futures. We also look at some NHL playoffs betting trends and break down some strategy tips.
NHL Playoffs odds
Here are NHL Playoffs odds for each Stanley Cup postseason game. Compare the lines from top US sportsbooks below and click on the price(s) you like to bet now.
Wednesday, June 23
Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders – Game 6 (8 p.m. ET)
To say the Islanders didn’t have it going in Game 5 would be an understatement. They were incredibly sloppy, giving up a bunch of odd-man rushes right off the bat in the 1st period. There was not much Islander goalie Semyon Varlamov could do on the first two goals, as both came on weird deflections, and when he was pulled after the third Lightning goal it seemed more of just a shot across the bow of the entire team to wake up and get their act together. However, they did not.
Not much needs to be said after a game like that in the Islanders locker room. Their season is over if they play another game like that. They had a terrible game mentally in Game 5, but one would think they will be ready to go in front of their home fans in Game 6.
As for Tampa, they jumped all over the Islanders right from the first shift, forcing the Isles into turnover after turnover and making the usually stout Islander defense look terrible. Sure, their initial goals were fluky, but they gave the Islanders absolutely nothing to feel good about. Tampa took it to them the rest of the game and blew them out of the building. It won’t be like that in Game 6, but if Tampa can get the early jump and force the Islanders into turnovers again, they’ll be defending their Stanley Cup championship in the Cup Final in a few days’ time.
NHL player props (June 24, 2021)
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Who is favored to win the 2021 Stanley Cup?
The Avalanche opened as betting favorites to win the 2021 Stanley Cup at both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook, and stayed there for the majority of the regular season and into the early portion of the playoffs. But Vegas dismissed Colorado on June 10, and the Lightning and Golden Knights took over the top of the futures boards.
Here are Stanley Cup futures. Click on the price(s) you like to bet now.
NHL playoffs odds and betting trends
There have been just seven different Stanley Cup winners since 2009 with the Blackhawks winning thrice, the Penguins winning three times and Kings winning twice.
Of the 10 teams to win the Cup since the 2004-05 lockout, only the Hurricanes (2005-06) and Blues (2018-19) have won after missing the playoffs the previous season.
NHL playoffs odds: How to bet the Stanley Cup Playoffs
NHL playoffs odds and futures lines opened last offseason and have been adjusted throughout the year. Odds have risen and fallen to reflect the standings as underdogs and favorites change place amid losing and winning streaks.
The odds to win the Stanley Cup are always the main draw.
As mentioned above, the Avalanche were the favorites to win the Cup just prior to the start of the 2021 NHL season. Colorado was +700 at DK. If you got the Avs at that price in January, and Colorado had actually pulled it off, you would have gotten a profit of $700 on a $100 bet. If you wagered $10 at that price for the Avs, you would net $70. Unfortunately for Avs bettors, Colorado was dumped by the Golden Knights in the semi-finals – making an Avs Cup futures bet a losing one for 2021.
Game lines will include over/unders for goal totals typically ranging from 5 to 6,.5 with odds typically from -120 to +120 on either side. A spread or puck line of +/- 1.5 will handicap the favorites by asking if they’ll win by 1 or more goals. Odds are commonly set at -110 for both teams, whereas a moneyline could price the favorites at a much chalkier -250 with an underdog at +200 or higher to win the game outright.
Player props will be released closer to the beginning of the postseason. These will include a pool of contenders to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. Odds can range from +100 to +10000 and will reflect both a player’s point production and abilities, and the chances of his team winning the Stanley Cup. Game props will ask simple Yes/No questions such as whether they’ll score a goal. There can also be an over/under line for how many shots on goal they’ll register or saves a goalie will make.
How NHL futures odds have changed
A look at how Stanley Cup futures odds have changed over the course of the season. Here are FanDuel Sportsbook’s odds to win the Cup for each team from Jan. 12 and their current odds.
|Team||Pre-season odds||Current odds|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+850||-115|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+850||+350|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+1200||OTB|
|St. Louis Blues||+2000||OTB|
|New York Rangers||+2600||OTB|
|New York Islanders||+2800||+1200|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+3500||OTB|
|New Jersey Devils||+6000||OTB|
|San Jose Sharks||+6000||OTB|
|Detroit Red Wings||+20000||OTB|