Stanley Cup Playoff Odds & Picks: May 19th

Picks, preview, and odds analysis for tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff games

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DENVER, CO – MAY 17: Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) and St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) fight on the ice in the first period during a Stanley Cup Playoffs first round game between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on May 17, 2021. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Boy, when you’re cold you’re cold and Round 2 has been a rough start for me. The Flames put up NINE goals in Game 1 of the Battle of Alberta last night and not one of Johnny Gaudreau’s seven shots on goal finds the back of the net? In the Rangers and Canes matchup, Carolina seemed to wait until the 3rd Period to show up dooming the over from the start. But enough about the bets for a second, how fun was Flames vs Oilers? Was it the most high quality hockey we’ll see? Absolutely not. But that pace and intensity was unbelievably fun and set the tone for the type of atmosphere we’ll see over the series. Ok, back to tonight. I’ll be on DraftKings and FanDuel for my lines. DraftKings is now live in Ontario! If you’re north of the border you’ll get 2/1 odds on hockey teams to score a goal throughout May! Onto the picks.

Aleksander Barkov Over 3.5 SOG +118

The Lightning came into Sunrise for Game 1 and punched their rival Panthers in the mouth a little bit. The Panthers are the better team on paper, but the 2x-defending Stanley Cup winners won’t go down easy. The Panthers are going to have up their intensity in Game 2, and no one better to lead by example than their captain and overall best player in Aleksander Barkov. He’s recorded 4+ shots on goal in 5 of the last 6 games for Florida. After falling down 0-1 in the series, look for Barkov to set the tone for his team and generate chances.

*Odds via FanDuel

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Avalanche -1.5 vs Blues (+105)

I took this in Game 1 too, it didn’t hit but the Avs were pretty damn dominant. They racked up 54 shots on goal on Jordan Binnington who played out of his mind good to keep the Blues in it. I have no problem going back to the well here with Colorado. They showed no rust having a week off before Game 1, they controlled play in Game 1 and they look like they’re a team on a mission. I really think this is the year Colorado gets over the hump. They have the best defenseman in hockey, the best forward group in hockey, and if Darcy Kuemper stays healthy its the Avs’ Cup to lose.

*Odds via DraftKings

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