With the second round of the NHL playoff games getting underway on Thursday night with a pair of matchups and five more contests taking place over the quickly approaching weekend, hockey betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know who’s going to be on the ice.


NHL Western Conference Semifinals: Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators (Game 1 – Home Game 1)

When: Fri. Apr 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: Top-seeded Nashville needed six games to get past the feisty Colorado Avalanche in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Predators did manage to score an identical five goals in three of their series wins but they also allowed five goals in one loss and were limited to one goal in the other.
Winnipeg bounced Minnesota out of the first round in five games while posting a pair of shutout victories in their final two series contests. Nashville ranked seventh in scoring (3.2 gpg) and a stellar second in goals allowed (2.5 gpg) and took the regular season series against Winnipeg 3-2. Keep in mind however that the Jets are statistically better than the top-seeded Predators as they ranked second in scoring (3.3 gpg) and fifth in goals allowed (2.6 gpg).

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NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning (Game 1 – Home Game 1)

When: Sat. Apr 28, 2018 3:00 PM
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: Boston needs the full seven games to get past a Toronto Maple Leafs team that just refused to roll over in the opening round. Top-seeded Tampa Bay put five goals on the board in Games 1 and 2 and then recorded a pair of 3-1 wins over New Jersey in Games 4 and 5 to advance to the conference semis.

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NHL Western Conference Semifinals: San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights (Game 2 – Home Game 2)

When: Sat. Apr 28, 2018 5:00 PM
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: NBCSN

Analysis: The Sharks and Golden Knights meet up in a Western Conference semifinal matchup in which both teams advance with emphatic sweeps over their respective first-round opponents!

San Jose was very good defensively in finishing the regular season ranked 10th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg). Vegas was outstanding at both ends of the ice in ranking fifth in scoring (3.3 gpg) and eighth in goals allowed (2.7 gpg). Not only that, but the Knights have arguably the best goalie in hockey this season in three-time Stanley Cup-winning veteran Marc-Andre Fleury (2.24 GAA, .927 SVPCT)

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NHL Eastern Conference Semifinals: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals (Game 2 – Home Game 2)

When: Sun. Apr 29, 2018 3:00 PM
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBC

Analysis: Pittsburgh scored at least five goals in each of their four wins over the Flyers in the first round while scoring seven goals in their series opener and eight goals in the series finale. Washington is on fire hockey bettors, having won four straight over Columbus after dropping the first two games of their first-round series. The Caps will look to get the win in this series after getting bounced out of the playoffs in each of the last two years by the two-time Stanley Cup champions.

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NHL Western Conference Semifinals: Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators (Game 2 – Home Game 2)

When: Sun. Apr 29, 2018 6:00 PM
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
TV: NBC

Analysis: The Jets and Predators will close out the weekend with a Game 2 matchup in a series that I believe could be the most competitive pairing of the entire NHL postseason.

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