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The best bets, odds and Stanley Cup futures for the second round of the NHL playoffs

The second round of the NHL Playoffs begins Tuesday night and odds makers at SI Sportsbook have released series odds for all matchups as well as various futures markets for the 2022 Stanley Cup pursuit.

In our first round NHL betting preview, the respected Las Vegas money won all their bets while backing three underdogs.

Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at all of the second round matchups and see where the respected Vegas money has gone!

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Colorado Avalanche +200
Florida Panther +350
Carolina Hurricanes +500
Calgary Flames +550
Tampa Bay Lightning +700
New York Rangers +1200
Edmonton Oilers +1200
St Louis Blues +1400

Florida Panther +163
Carolina Hurricanes +188
Tampa Bay Lightning +320
New York Rangers +500

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Brandon Hagel (38) skates with the puck while Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar (52) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. defended.  The Lightning won 8 -4.

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Atlantic Division Series betting odds

No. 1 Panther (-167) vs. No. 3 Lightning (+145)

Regular Season Matchups: Florida wins series, 3-1

That Panthers remains the overall favorite to win the Eastern Conference (+163) after clinching a hard-fought first-round win over Washington capital Cities. The Panthers ended the regular season with the best goal difference (+94). In the postseason, the Panthers played three of their six games under the listed total thanks to the solid efforts of Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 4-2 with a 2.79 GAA.

Forward Carter Verhaeghe was sensational in the first round against the Capitals, scoring the second-most points (12) of any player in the playoffs after recording six goals and six assists. Jonathan Huberdeau, who tied for second place in the regular season, was shockingly calm with just one goal and two assists.

Tampa Bay continues to offer solid value at +320 odds to win the Eastern Conference with their experience and championship pedigree. That lightninglooking for a Stanley Cup treble, advanced to the second round after coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to beat him Toronto in seven games. The two playoff top scorers Nikita Kucherov (two goals, six assists) and Victor Hedman (two goals, five assists) surprisingly ended the series with a minus score in the plus/minus category.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, who shared the championship lead with wins (39) in the regular season, was outstanding between the whistle in the first round for the Lightning. He posted a 4-3 record with a 3.04 GAA. The two-time Stanley Cup champion was outstanding in Game 7, stopping 30 of 31 shots on the Toronto street.

Fading the defending champion is never easy, but Florida was the best team in the NHL during the regular season and seems poised to end their rival’s reign in the state. Forward Brayden Point’s potential absence (lower-body injury) for an undisclosed length of time is a massive loss to Tampa Bay.

Carolina Hurricanes left winger Teuvo Teravainen (86) scores on New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin (31) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in New York.

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Metropolitan Division Series betting odds

No. 1 Hurricanes (-222) vs. No. 2 Rangers (+175)

Regular Season Matchups: Carolina wins series, 3-1

That hurricanes beat the Boston brown bears in seven games despite missing services from goalkeeper Frederik Andersen (lower body injury). Veteran Antti Raanta stepped in and brilliantly led the Hurricanes to three crucial wins with an impressive 2.37 GAA. Andersen is reportedly expected to return and make his postseason debut in 2022 in the second round against Rangers.

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Carolina was led in the first round by defensemen Tony DeAngelo (one goal, seven assists; eight points) and Jaccob Slavin (two goals, six assists; eight points). Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov, both big offensive players in the regular season, will need to match New York’s firepower in the second round.

That ranger is one of the best values ​​on the betting board to win this series (+175) and the Eastern Conference (+500). Igor Shesterkin, the regular season’s top goaltender, was recently named a finalist for the Vezina Award and Hart Memorial Trophy. Shesterkin, who was drawn against in two of the first four games Pittsburghresponded brilliantly in his first playoff action of his career, leading the club to three straight wins and helping to close a 3-1 straight deficit.

The Rangers big four, Chris Krieder, Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox, performed in the first round when New York needed them most. In a crucial Gamd 6 away win, Zibanejad and Kredier combined on four of the team’s five goals – while Fox provided an assist on four of the goals. In game seven, the prolific duo scored crucial goals while Panarin scored the winner in extra time.

New York will face an ex-Rangers-laden Carolina roster consisting of DeAngelo, Derek Stepan, Jesper Fast, Brady Skjei, Brendan Smith and Antti Raanta. The young Rangers are well ahead of their rebuild process, and if Shesterkin returns to the form he showed in the regular season, New York could play in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2015.

Colorado Avalanche-125
Calgary Flames +125
Edmonton Oilers +600
St Louis Blues +700

St. Louis Blues left wing Pavel Buchnevich, center, has his shot stopped by Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper, right, after he was shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Denver passed defender Josh Manson.

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Betting odds for the Central Division series

#1 Avalanche (-400) vs. #3 Blues (+300)

Regular Season Matchups: Colorado wins series, 2-1

That avalanchewho finished with the best overall record in the Western Conference showed that dominance in the first round of the Nashville predators. SI Sportsbook odds makers have listed the Avalanche as the only prohibitive betting favorite to win their conference at odds of -125 ahead of Calgary (+250).

Defenseman Cole Makar, who had 28 goals from the blue line in the regular season, has continued his solid offensive performance in the playoffs by leading Colorado as the leading scorer (three goals, seven assists; 10 points). Mikko Rantanen, who led the club with 36 goals in the regular season, surprisingly didn’t light the lamp in the first round, but he showed his gameplay skills by recording the second-most assists (5) of any Avalanche player. Nathan MacKinnon, who finished second to Rantanen in the regular season, led the Avs to their opening-round triumph with five goals.

Goalkeepers Darcy Kuemper (2-0, 1.63 GAA) and Pavel Francouz (2-0, 2.97 GAA) were solid at the net, conceding just nine goals from 111 shots in four games.

That blues received an excellent even score in their first round win Minnesota. David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored five team-strength goals against the Wild. O’Reilly was particularly dominant on special teams, scoring four of his five goals on the power play.

Ville Husso, who saw the light of day between the whistle at 9-1-2 throughout the regular season, struggled in the first round and lost two of the first three games. Head coach Craig Berube decided to approach Jordan Binnington and it paid off tremendously. Binnington, who was 0-9 in his last nine playoff starts, went 3-0 with a 1.67 GAA and helped the club get past Minnesota in six games.

Colorado appears to be the best team in the playoffs, which likely leaves St. Louis little hope of upsetting a second straight series.

March 26, 2022;  Calgary, Alberta, CAN;  Calgary Flames center Dillon Dube (29) celebrates his goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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Pacific Division Series betting odds

No. 1 Flames (-200) vs. No. 2 Oilers (+160)

Regular Season Matchups: series tied, 2-2

Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, who each had over 100 points in the regular season, put in another top performance in winning the seven-game streak Dallas. Gaudreau ended up being the FlamesTop scorer of the opening round (two goals, seven assists, nine points). The star forward, who has one career year under his belt, scored arguably the greatest goal in Flames history in Game 7 overtime, which allowed Calgary to advance to the second round against the team oiler.

Jacob Markstrom, who led the NHL in shutouts (9) during the regular season, added another shutout to his successes this season in defeating the Stars in the first round and leads all goaltenders in the playoffs with a tiny 1 GAA, 53 on.

NHL regular-season top scorer Connor McDavid (44 goals, 79 assists; 123 points) continued his dominance in the first round against Los Angeles kings. McDavid, who leads all players in the playoffs (four goals, 10 assists, 14 points), had solid support from veteran teammate Evander Kane, who scored seven goals in the first round that were considered a team best.

The Battle of Alberta will be “Must Watch TV” as Gaudreau and Tkachuk take on McDavid and Draisaitl. The difference in this matchup will likely be Markstrom, who is the hottest keeper going into Round 2.

Best second round bet of the NHL series

As we shared here last week only at SI Betting, prestigious Las Vegas money backed three underdogs in the first round and won all of their investments.

In the second round, however, Wise Money in the Desert relies on two favorites to advance.

Respected Money Series Parlay (Full Unit) second round odds: +149

Florida Panther (-152)
Calgary Flames (-200)

2022 Respected Money NHL Series Playoff Betting

series bets: 3-0
Exotic series parlay: 1-0 +394 (half unit)
In total: +4.97 units

Frankie Taddeo is a successful high stakes football player who developed the very first DFS program ever offered in a Las Vegas sportsbook. Frankie is a senior analyst at SI Betting and offers his extensive experience and resources in the sports betting scene. You can follow Frankie on Twitter @Frankie_Fantasy for his latest betting and fantasy insights from Las Vegas.

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