Today’s Plays Include a (+429) Stanley Cup Playoffs Parlay

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Two second-round playoff series around the NHL continue Thursday with Game 2s: Tampa Bay at Florida and St. Louis at Colorado.

Here are four picks I like for an NHL parlay with odds from BetOnline, one of BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks. 

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at FLA Live Arena 

Teams' Scoring Ability

TNT has Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series, in which Tampa Bay leads 1-0.

Alas, we picked the Panthers to win the opener because they were so spectacular at home during the season, better rested and the Lightning was without a key player in Brayden Point. 

A key moment in Game 1 happened with about eight minutes left and the Panthers were down 2-1.

Anthony Duclair appeared to tie the game 2-2 on a power-play goal, but the Lightning challenged it for a missed game stoppage event and the goal was overturned – the puck apparently hit the back of the net (questionable) before it got to Duclair.

Bolts coach Jon Cooper had been 0-for-1 on missed stoppage challenges this season.

The Lightning would score their own power-play goal not long after and then add another to win 4-1. 

Reasons To Bet on Florida

There are a handful of reasons I’m going back to Florida here.

First off, the Panthers don’t lose back-to-back home games. They also dropped Game 1 in the first round to Washington and stormed back for a 5-1 win. 

Second, the Lightning is NOT going 3-for-6 on the power play again – they aren’t even getting six power plays again.

Third, Florida is massively overdue for a power-play goal of its own. The Panthers ranked No. 5 on the PP during the regular season but amazingly haven’t scored one yet in these playoffs. 

Fourth, Point is out again. Just a reminder that he led the NHL with 14 goals in the 2021 postseason and led with 14 in the 2020 postseason.

He had 28 goals and 30 assists this regular season and is a terrific two-way player.

Fifth, defenseman Erik Cernak is in question after leaving Game 1 following a shot block. He’s an important glue guy. 

Florida's Performance

Sixth, the Lightning has stolen a home-ice advantage. The team might be due to a letdown after two emotional wins over Toronto in the last round and then Tuesday’s comeback victory.

Tampa Bay has an all-time record of 12-2 when taking a 1-0 series lead. Teams that take a 1-0 lead in a best-of-seven series on the road hold a series record of 156-117. 

It seems more likely to me that Florida wins by multiple goals than it does the Panthers losing outright or winning by one goal.

The Lightning did play two lousy games in the first round, and it just feels like they are due another. That Florida did jump out to a 1-0 lead in Game 1 is a good sign.

During the Lightning-Panthers first-round series in 2021, the team that scored first went on to win in five of six outings. 

Florida is 15-7 in its last 22 games following a loss of three or more goals.

NHL Pick: Panthers (-160) with BetOnline 

NHL Pick: Over alternate of 5.5 (-175) with BetOnline 

St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche

Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 09:30 PM EDT at Ball Arena 

Are the Avalanche Still in the Running for the Stanley Cup?

TNT has the telecast of this Western Conference matchup with Colorado up 1-0 and still yet to lose in these playoffs – every other club has at least two defeats.

This game we did get right Tuesday, although it was sweat.

The Avalanche, still clear favorites at BMR’s top-rated books to win the Stanley Cup, blew a 2-1 lead with about three minutes left in regulation as Jordan Kyrou tied it on a power-play goal. 

Oftentimes, a team scoring that late to tie has all the momentum entering overtime, but the Blues were amazingly outshot 13-0 in the extra period, with Colorado’s Josh Manson winning it at 8:02.

Josh Manson's Performance

That was a very unlikely source as Manson has just 28 goals in 475 regular-season games career, most with the Ducks – he was acquired from Anaheim during the season.

  • It was his first career playoff goal in his 27th such game. 
  • Manson joined stellar young blueliner Cale Makar as the second Avalanche defenseman to score an overtime goal in this postseason.

Only four other teams in the past 25 years had multiple defensemen score an overtime goal in the same playoff year and not since 2015 (Chicago).  

Blues vs. Avalanche: Who Will Win?

Frankly, Colorado should have won in regulation and probably by multiple goals.

The Avs outshot the Blues by a 54-25 margin overall and hit three posts and two crossbars.

Jordan Binnington played out of his mind for St. Louis with 51 saves, a playoff career-high, and third-most in postseason franchise history.  

I really so no reason not to back to Colorado again here. The Avalanche have won eight straight playoff games vs. the Blues dating to the 2001 conference finals.

Fully expect Colorado to win the series as well in probably five games. All time, the Avalanche are 19-11 in series when leading 1-0 and 14-7 when starting at home.

St. Louis is 7-26 in series all-time when trailing 1-0 and 4-16 when starting on the road. 

We will add the total to this one simply to boost our parlay.  

NHL Pick: Avalanche (-225) with BetOnline 

NHL Pick: Under alternate of 7.5 (-230) with BetOnline

Parlay Picks

  • Panthers (-160)
  • Over alternate of 5.5 (-175)
  • Avalanche (-225)
  • Under alternate of 7.5 (-230)

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