Gripping Stanley Cup Playoffs Continue


The Boston Bruins won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Stanley Cup semifinal last night with a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. The Panthers, playing at home, have now given up that home ice advantage and must win Game 2 on Wednesday night. Florida has opened as a -170 favorite in Game 2. 

Despite the victory, the Bruins still find themselves listed at +750 to win this year’s Stanley Cup. The Carolina Hurricanes were the betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup for most of the regular season. That changed with Carolina’s opening game loss to the New York Rangers. The two teams will play again tonight in New York. Carolina is a -125 road favorite. What about their Stanley Cup odds?

Current Stanley Cup Futures Odds

The new favorite to win the Stanley Cup is now Edmonton. The Oilers sit atop the board at +430 to win it all. Edmonton will begin its Western Conference semifinal tomorrow night in Vancouver. The Oilers are an early -130 favorite. 

Dallas, which opens its Western Conference semifinal tonight at home against Colorado, is next on the board at +500. The Stars beat Vegas in a thrilling Game 7 to advance. Dallas is favored tonight at home over the Avalanche. 

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Colorado and Dallas begin their Stanley Cup conference semifinal series tonight.

Colorado is listed at +600 to win the Stanley Cup, which is just behind the Hurricanes and the Rangers who are both given +550 odds. After the Game 1 loss to Boston, the Florida Panthers are now listed at +650 to win the 2024 Stanley Cup.

Your Stanley Cup Handicappers

If you’re a bettor that likes wins, you have to get in on our AI computer plays and check out our top NHL handicappers. In relation to other sports, our Sports Hub Computer Picks do not generate as many NHL plays. However, the computer picks a ton of winners. 

Since April 7, Computer Picks has made 11 NHL picks. Computer Picks are 7-4. Our top NHL cappers are even better. Over the last 30 days, Scott’s Picks is 21-12 on NHL picks and has profited $971. Over the last two weeks, Knup Sports is 24-10 and has added $1024 to its hockey bankroll.

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Our top NHL cappers for the week.

Our own Joe Berra is 6-0 in his last six picks with profits of $604. Over the last seven days, Sports Hub expert Randall Dickelman and Knup Sports top the leaderboard with $520 in earnings. Randall is 8-2 and Knup Sports is 10-3 in the last week.

So, how’d they all do yesterday?

  • It’s Dirty again: Chris “Dirty” Dyer has been on one. Yesterday, he topped the leaderboard with an impressive 9-2 record on his picks. He collected $680 in profits. He’s No. 1 over the last seven days with $1935 in earnings and he’s our top baseball handicapper over the last seven days. He’s also No. 3 on the 30-day leaderboard ($3085).
  • Must follow: If you haven’t figured it out by now, make the same picks as Sas Insider. Yesterday, you would have gone 7-1 and took home $600. Sas Insider is right behind Dirty on the 7-day baseball leaderboard ($1231) and he has been at the top of the 30-day leaderboard ($5318) for most of 2024.
  • Uncle Sal: Sal cranked out another strong day – 9-3 on 12 picks and $520 in profits. Baseball is Sal’s specialty and he’s No. 3 over the last 30 days with $1445 in MLB profits.
  • Make a reservation: SWJ Sports needs to reserve a spot in the Daily Top 5. They’re back again after a 6-2 day and $470 in winnings. SWJ Sports is No. 4 on the 7-day leaderboard ($1055) and No. 5 on the 30-day board ($1880).
  • The hockey guy: As mentioned, Randall Dickelman is our top NHL capper over the last seven days. Yesterday, he went 8-2 overall. One of his two losses was his only NHL pick yesterday, but he earned $469 yesterday. That makes him our No. 2 capper over the last seven days with $1767 in winnings.

TWolves Are for Real

The defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets were 5.5-point favorites at home last night against Minnesota in their second-round playoff series. The TWolves opened up another can of whoop-ass and laughed the Nuggets out of their own building with a 106-80 win. That puts Minnesota up 2-0 in the series and now it heads back to the Twin Cities.

What else happened yesterday?

  • Brunson on fire: Jalen Brunson scored 43 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 121-117 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. It was the fourth straight game in which Brunson scored 40 or more points. Game 2 is Wednesday in New York. The Knicks are a 5.5-point early favorite.
  • ROTY: San Antonio’s Victor Wembenyana was selected as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year on Monday. Wembenyana becomes just the sixth unanimous ROTY selection over the last 40 years. The last such pick was Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016. Wemby joins two other Spurs No. 1 picks – David Robinson and Tim Duncan – as ROTYs.
  • Surprise, surprise: The Florida Panthers were a -165 favorite to win Game 1 of their conference semifinal series against Boston. The Panthers upset the Bruins in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, but Boston is looking to return the favor. Bruins G Jeremy Swayman stopped 38 shots last night and Boston took Game 1 rather easily, 5-1.
  • Pitchers return: Walker Buehler started for the Dodgers last night and looked solid in a 6-3 win. Justin Steele returned to the Cubs and went 4.2 innings without giving up a run. The Cubs eventually lost to the Padres. Mike Clevinger looked shaky in his season debut with the White Sox. He threw 54 pitches before exiting. Chicago lost 8-2 to Tampa Bay.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Continue Tonight

Hockey fans are in for a treat tonight as the Stanley Cup playoffs continue. Carolina and New York will play Game 2 of their series at Madison Square Garden. Then, another Western Conference semifinal begins tonight. 

The NBA playoffs also continue tonight with two games on the schedule. It’s Tuesday, so baseball is back to a full schedule. There are a couple of solid pitching matchups today. 

Let’s take a look at what’s on tap for today.

  1. NHL doubleheader: As mentioned, Carolina-New York starts at 7:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. The Colorado Avalanche travel to Dallas to take on the Stars in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Both games will be televised by ESPN.
  2. NBA doubleheader: A pair of Game 1s take place tonight in the NBA. Cleveland is in Boston to face the Celtics and Dallas is in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. The NBA doubleheader will be broadcast by TNT.
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Tonight’s NBA schedule
  1. Full MLB schedule: All 30 MLB teams are on the schedule today. Justin Verlander pitches for Houston against the Yankees. Colin Rea and Seth Lugo, both with ERAs under 3.00, face off in Kansas City. Yoshinobu Yamamoto (3-1, 2.98) takes the mound for the Dodgers tonight.
  2. U.S. Open Cup: There are seven matches in the U.S. Open Cup tonight. FC Tulsa and Pittsburgh kick it off at 7:00 p.m. in the Steel City. Monterey Bay plays at Sacramento Republic in the final match at 10:30 p.m. ET.
  3. World soccer: There are six CONMEBOL Libertadores matches today. Paris Saint-Germain plays Borussia Dortmund in a UEFA Champions League match later today. 
  4. Tennis in Italy: Both the WTA and ATP Tours are in Italy playing in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Qualifying finals are being played today.

Your Stanley Cup Headquarters

As the Stanley Cup playoffs continue for the next few weeks, keep it tuned right here to Sports Hub. We’ve got everything you need to have success betting on the NHL playoffs. You can visit our NHL Odds and Scores page to get the latest odds on all upcoming playoff games.

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