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Two second-round Playoff series around the NHL begin Tuesday: Tampa Bay vs. Florida and St. Louis vs. Colorado. Here are three picks I like for an NHL parlay with odds from BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review), one of BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks. 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at BB&T Center

Teams' Scoring Ability

TNT has Game 1 of this Eastern Conference semi-final series – I believe whichever team wins this series, and I’d have to lean Florida for now, will end up beating either Carolina or the New York Rangers in the East Finals. The Panthers are +150 favorites at the best sportsbooks to win the East and Tampa Bay is a +325 third favorite. 

Let’s start with the total first and it is listed at 6.5 goals. During the regular season, Florida was the NHL’s highest-scoring team in a few decades at 4.11 goals per game. Tampa Bay was no slouch at 3.48.

In the first round against Washington, the Panthers averaged 3.33 goals per game and Tampa Bay 3.29 in its series against Toronto. The last two times the clubs met in the regular season, they combined for a whopping 12 goals in each. I don’t like 6.5, though, so we are going to use an alternate total. 

The Key Injuries

As for the side, there are two key injuries of note. Florida is expected to be without forward Mason Marchment after missing the final two games against the Capitals with a lower-body injury. He had a goal and 9 shots in that round and 18 goals and 29 assists in the regular season.  

It’s a loss but not nearly as big as Tampa Bay expecting to be without forward Brayden Point. Hockey players are about as tough as they come and Point tried to return to Game 7 vs. Toronto with an apparent knee/leg injury, but the pain was too much to bear. He is doubtful for Tuesday. 

Point led the NHL with 14 Playoff goals last year and also led with 14 in the 2020 postseason. He was arguably the team’s best player in Round 1 against the Leafs with 2 goals and 2 assists. 

The Lightning probably should have been eliminated in Game 6 as they were being hugely outplayed in overtime at home, but Point scored at 18:04 of OT to force a Game 7.

In the regular season, Point had 28 goals and 30 assists and is also a good defensive player.  

Lightning vs. Panthers: Who Will Win?

Add Point’s injury to the fact that the Panthers have lost just eight times at home all season and we have to lean Florida on the moneyline.

Last year in Round 1, the Lightning beat the Panthers and the clubs combined for 41 goals. Florida is better this year and Tampa Bay not quite as good.  

The home team is 5-2 in the past seven meetings. The total has gone over in 10 of the past 15 at Florida.  

NHL Pick: Panthers ML (-160) at BetOnline 

NHL Pick: Alternate Total Over 5.5 (-250) at BetOnline 

St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 09:30 PM EDT at Ball Arena

Avalanche Is the Better Team

TNT has the telecast of this Western Conference matchup. I could just cut to the chase and tell you that I’ll be backing the Avalanche because they are even more dominant at home this season than the Panthers I touched on above.

Colorado was 32-5-4 in the thin air during the regular season and then won both first-round games against Nashville. The Avs scored 21 goals overall vs. the Preds. 

Frankly, my only concern here with Colorado is a bit of rust as the Avalanche haven’t played since May 9. Cale Makar’s 10 points are the most in NHL history by a defenseman through four games in a postseason. 

All that time off should allow for the return of injured forward Andrew Cogliano. Also Colorado's No. 1 netminder Darcy Kuemper. He left Game 3 in the final minute of the first period against the Predators after a stick struck him through his mask. Kuemper was out for the remainder of Game 3 and Game 4 but is fine now. 

Blues' Series Recap

St. Louis trailed its first-round series 2-1 against Minnesota but then made a change in net, pulling Ville Husso and replacing him with Jordan Binnington.

Husso was better in the regular season, but Binnington led the Blues to their lone Stanley Cup title as a rookie in 2019, and he was great in the final three games against the Wild, allowing 5 combined goals as the Blues won in six.

They are a bit banged up on the blueline with Torey Krug and Marco Scandella missing time against the Wild and in question for this one.  

Blues vs. Avalanche: Recent Matchups

Colorado faced St. Louis in the opening round last year and swept – all four games by three goals. It was Binnington in net for all those. I assume he will get the Game 1 call.

This regular season, they split two very early games and last played April 26 in Denver and the Avs won 5-3. J.T. Compher led Colorado with 6 points (3G, 3A) in the season series and Jordan Kyrou (6A) led St. Louis with 6.  

Following the NHL odds, I considered the Blues puck line here at -132, but I don’t want to lose on an empty-net goal at the end, so we’ll pay the tax on the Avalanche moneyline. Colorado has won six of the past seven at home in the series.  

NHL Pick: Avalanche ML (-208) at BetOnline 

NHL Parlay Picks

  • Panthers ML (-160)
  • Alternate Total Over 5.5 (-250)
  • Avalanche ML (-208)

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