We’re down to the final four teams of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and amazingly, none of the remaining teams is a clear “favorite.” Sure, the betting numbers reflect the trend of public opinion, but each of the four teams left has a legitimate shot to win it all.
Montreal hasn’t trailed at any point in its last seven games and should be well-rested ahead of Monday’s tilt with the Golden Knights. The Islanders have two capable goaltenders in net and are shooting an impressive 9.8% while skating 5-on-5. Tampa Bay is the defending champion and this year’s roster looks even better than it did a year ago. The Golden Knights are making their third semifinal appearance in four seasons and have an excellent blend of speed and size.
Updated 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Betting Odds for Semifinals Series
Vegas Golden Knights +115
The Golden Knights finished with the second-best regular-season record and took down the Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche in the second round. Vegas has gotten superb goaltending from Marc-André Fleury, though there are concerns about Fleury’s durability over the next few weeks.
Vegas also has a ton of scoring depth; 19 skaters have recorded multiple points in the playoffs. Max Pacioretty is scoring better than a point per game pace since returning from injury, and William Karlsson (four goals, seven assists) is playing some of the best hockey of his career.
Tampa Bay Lightning +150
The defending champions are back with a vengeance, hoping to become only the second team in the Salary Cap era to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. They cruised past the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes before losing 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Still, the Lightning are a dangerous team. Few squads move the puck more effectively and efficiently through all three zones, and the power play is always lethal. With Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes, the Bolts always have a chance to win.
New York Islanders +600
The Islanders grabbed a massive win on the road in Game One to swing the series in their favor from the get-go. New York plays a physical, grind-it-out game that dramatically slows down the tempo and pace of the game. In a way, they almost frustrate opponents into submission.
However, the offense has also been excellent lately, scoring on nearly 10% of their 5-on-5 shots, the highest at any point of the Barry Trotz era. If the Islanders can keep it rolling, they have an excellent opportunity to knock off the defending champs and win their first Cup since 1983.
Montreal Canadiens +1000
We said all season the Canadiens would go as far as Carey Price carried them, but lately, the rest of the team has pulled its fair share of the weight, too. Tyler Toffoli, Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Joel Armia all have four goals, veterans like Eric Staal (one goal, six assists) are leading by example, and young guns like Cole Caufield (four assists) are stepping up.
Montreal trailed the Maple Leafs 3-1 in their first-round series but battled back to survive and advance. Then, they swept the Winnipeg Jets, and have not fallen behind in any game since Game Four of the first round. Well rested and well tested, the Canadiens are here to make some noise.