NHL Betting: Third-Round Playoff Outlook
May 12, 2012
The New York Rangers completed the NHL's conference final picture on Saturday night, as they'll take on the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the playoffs for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.
The Rangers paid off on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks for their supporters on Saturday, getting past the Washington Capitals by a 2-1 score in the seventh and deciding game of that series.
The Devils only needed five games to knock out the Philadelphia Flyers in their second-round matchup, winning 3-1 in Game 5 of that series last Tuesday. Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth goal of the playoffs for the Devils that night.
New York and New Jersey have split their last 10 meetings 5-5 on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks, with the OVER/UNDER going 3-4-3 in those 10 contests.
Over in the Western Conference final it's Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, with the Kings sweeping the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the playoffs last week; that set ended back on May 6.
The Coyotes were stretched to five games by the Nashville Predators in the second round of the playoffs, taking the clincher of that best-of-seven set by a 2-1 score at home last Monday.
Los Angeles has paid off on the NHL betting lines in six of its last 10 games against Phoenix, with the OVER/UNDER 3-5-2 in those 10 matchups.
Eastern Conference Final
New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers
Game 1 - Monday, May 14 - New Jersey at NY Rangers
Game 2 - Wednesday, May 16 - New Jersey at NY Rangers
Game 3 - Saturday, May 19 - NY Rangers at New Jersey
Game 4 - Monday, May 21 - NY Rangers at New Jersey
Game 5 - Wednesday, May 23 - New Jersey at NY Rangers
Game 6 - Friday, May 25 - NY Rangers at New Jersey
Game 7 - Sunday, May 27 - New Jersey at NY Rangers
Western Conference Final
Los Angeles Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Game 1 - Sunday, May 13 - Los Angeles at Phoenix
Game 2 - Tuesday, May 15 - Los Angeles at Phoenix
Game 3 - Thursday, May 17 - Phoenix at Los Angeles
Game 4 - Sunday, May 20 - Phoenix at Los Angeles
Game 5 - Tuesday, May 22 - Los Angeles at Phoenix
Game 6 - Thursday, May 24 - Phoenix at Los Angeles
Game 7 - Saturday, May 26 - Los Angeles at Phoenix