NHL Playoffs Parlay Picks for the Weekend (April 14-16)
When it comes to sports betting, one of the craziest times of year is the Stanley Cup playoffs in the National Hockey League. There are years when favorites steamroll to the finals, to be sure, but all it takes is a couple of bounces in one direction or the other to send momentum careening the other direction, and then all of a sudden a 7-seed ends up playing in the last round. You can boost your NHL betting excitement even more by putting down money on a parlay bet on a pair of games. Here are our NHL Playoffs betting picks to help you plan your parlays for this weekend.
NHL Playoffs Parlay Picks for the Weekend (April 15-16)
Friday, April 14th
Montreal over N.Y. Rangers
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has posted 10 playoff shutouts — more than any other active goalie in the league. However, he doesn’t have his name on the Stanley Cup yet. Why? Because his teammates on the Blueshirts have a habit of following up stellar efforts with some real eggs. At the other end of the ice is Carey Price, and he only let in a single goal in Game 1 (the second goal was an empty-netter). I see the Canadiens turning the tables on New York in what will be a raucous Game 2 in Montreal and sending the series back to New York all square at a game apiece. I see the Canadiens winning 2-1.
Pittsburgh over Columbus
Despite the Pittsburgh Penguins losing goaltender Matt Murray to an injury in warmups, and despite Columbus firing 16 shots on net in the first period and finishing every check in bone-rattling fashion against the boards, Pittsburgh weathered the storm and put up three goals in the second period, starting with a blast from Bryan Rust that got right by Sergei Bobrovsky. Then the Penguins went on the power play, and Phil Kessel scored a few seconds in. That’s how Pittsburgh can turn the switch in a hurry, leaving the opposition just speechless. I had liked the Blue Jackets in this series, but Game 1 made me see how much trouble they could be in. I see the Penguins winning 4-2.
Saturday, April 15th
Washington over Toronto
So we have the top seed (Washington) hosting the second wild card (Toronto) in the first round. The President’s Trophy winners against Mike Babcock’s scrappy crew that are in the postseason a year or two earlier than many had predicted. So of course it goes to overtime, and of course it is Toronto native Tom Wilson sticking the dagger into his hometown’s collective hearts with a wrister that got by Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen — who absolutely stood on his head to stop 41 shots, including a terrific chance by Brooks Orpik earlier in overtime. In Game 2? Toronto still brings energy, but a lot of wind comes out of your sails in an overtime playoff loss, particularly when you’re new to the postseason. I see the Caps winning 4-1.
Anaheim over Calgary
The series between Anaheim and Calgary also features a team with a good deal of recent playoff experience (Anaheim) taking on a relative newcomer (Calgary). That’s often when you see a real boneheaded mistake from the team new to the postseason, and sure enough, with about seven minutes left in the second period, Calgary had a line change — and all five men headed to the bench, leaving Anaheim to head the other way on a break. Brian Elliott stopped the first shot, but he couldn’t corral a rebound all by himself against three skaters. All of a sudden, a 2-1 Calgary lead was now a 2-2 tie, and a few minutes later Anaheim went ahead 3-2 on a power-play goal, and that score stood as the final. Calgary does a lot of things well, but they’re playing a team with a lot more playoff savvy. I see the Ducks winning 3-2.