NHL Betting Guide for May 15th

There are a pair of games on the Saturday slate, one a playoff game and the other a playoff primer. The Canucks continue to play out meaningless games when they meet the North’s number two seed, Edmonton, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Then at 7:00, the NHL’s postseason officially begins as the Bruins and Capitals drop the puck for Game 1 of their series. We’ll give you a couple here, but there are still plenty of other player props to choose from at the FanDuel Sportsbook. 

If you haven’t gotten into a playoff pool, why not head over to FanDuel to create your own daily lines to compete for big prizes as the postseason kicks off. 

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers Moneyline, Total, and Odds

 Moneyline: Canucks +180 / Oilers -215

Spread: Canucks +1.5 (-152) Oilers -1.5 (+126)

Total: Over 6.5 (-104) Under 6.5 (-128)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Canucks N/A Oilers +2200

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers News, Analysis, and Picks

While the Oilers have their sights set beyond the already eliminated Canucks, Connor McDavid and Leon Leon Draisaitl will play in this almost meaningless game ahead of their playoff series on Wednesday. 

Edmonton fans have to be a little concerned that the NHL point leader and runner-up want to take the ice to stay sharp despite their postseason placement locked in. McDavid’s 104 points and Draisaitl’s 83 are worlds ahead of Boston’s Brad Marchand’s 69, so it’s not like this game has any bearing on where the league leaders will finish either. So the question has to be asked – if this game can’t improve the team’s position or the competition for individual awards, why play your bread and butter?

The answer is to avoid rust in a week the Oilers have just this one game in seven days. It’s hard to believe the dynamic duo will play heavy minutes on Saturday against a team they faced four times last week that will be looking toward next season.

Edmonton won three of four meetings against the Canucks last week, with three games decided by multiple goals. The Oilers have won three straight overall and only a 6-3 loss to Vancouver in their past six games.

The Canucks are limping to the finish line, having lost nine of 11 games, and are the sixth-worst scoring team in the league. 

They have beaten Edmonton three times this season and with the Oilers really have nothing to play for and starting their backup goalie in Mikko Koskinen, this may be Vancouver’s best chance of the year. Nothing is to say McDavid, Draisaitl, or any other impact players or guys that are banged up will play a complete game for the Oilers. The value points to rolling the dice on the Nux. 

The Picks: Canucks moneyline (+180), Total Under 6.5 (-128), Bo Horvat Over 0.5 Points (-138)

Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Moneyline, Total, and Odds

 Moneyline: Bruins -130 / Capitals +110

Spread: Bruins -1.5 (+210) Capitals +1.5 (-260)

Total: Over 5.5 (+106) Under 5.5 (-130)

Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Bruins +1300 Capitals +1300

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Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals News, Analysis, and Picks

While one team preps for the playoffs in Edmonton, the Bruins and Capitals renew acquaintances in Washington for Game 1. It’s a meeting of two even teams perhaps gunning for their last chance at the Stanley Cup with their current veteran cores. 

Boston and Washington split the series at four games apiece, although a pair of Caps’ wins needed extra hockey. The Capitals also picked up a 2-1 win in their final regular-season meeting on Tuesday. Boston rested nearly every key player, including Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall, and number one goalie Tuukka Rask. At the same time, Washington had Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom back in the lineup. 

TJ Oshie, top defenceman John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and number one goalie Ilya Samsonov missed the season finale with Boston. Carlson (lower-body) is expected to play in Game 1, while Oshie (lower-back) is questionable but did practice Saturday. Kuznetsov and Samsonov are still in COVID protocols, so rookie Vitek Vanecek will likely be between the pipes tonight.

Both teams come into Game 1 pretty hot as the Bs went 12-4-1 to finish the regular season while Washington was 11-4-1 despite dealing with significant injury issues.

Taylor Hall could be the X-factor tonight and in the series. Since being rescued from Buffalo at the trade deadline, the former MVP scored eight goals and added six assists in 16 games. 

Boston comes in healthier, hotter, and younger and should show it on Saturday night.

The Picks: Bruins Cover -1.5 (+210), Total Under 5.5 (-130), Taylor Hall Over 0.5 Points (-118)