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Puck Line, NY Islanders @ TB Lightning

Reasoning

The Stanley Cup semifinals kick off on Sunday afternoon with Game 1 between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. This is a rematch of the 2020 Stanley Cup Semifinals only this time the defending champions will have an edge with home ice advantage. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since Tampa Bay eliminated New York in Edmonton last September. After missing the regular season with a hip injury, Nikita Kucherov picked up right where he left off with 18 points through 11 games this postseason. He joins Brayden Point, who has 12 points so far this postseason, on Tampa Bay’s electric first line. Norris Trophy nominee Victor Hedman leads the Lightning defense while also providing a spark offensively with 11 points through 11 games.

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been solid in goal for the Lightning, posting a .934 save percentage and a 2.24 goals-against average along with two shutouts during the playoffs. The biggest mismatch in this series looks to be on special teams. Tampa Bay has scored the most powerplay goals this postseason with a conversion rate of 41.7%. This is alarming for New York’s penalty-kill unit that’s only killing off 61.5 percent of penalties so far this postseason. The Islanders are only one of two teams that have allowed 10 powerplay goals in the playoffs with the other team being the Carolina Hurricanes, who of course just played the Lightning. This series is sure to be full of excitement, but I expect Tampa Bay’s home crowd and special teams to carry the defending champs to a victory in Game 1. Take the Lightning -1.5.

2021 NHL Best Bets Record
140
Win
145
Loss
3
Pushes
Won
48.6%
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NHL Best Bets

Our expert NHL handicappers spend hours analyzing every matchup of the entire NHL season. By analyzing the key statistics, team news, matchup, injuries, and much more, our experts leave no stone unturned ahead of making each NHL pick and prediction. 

Putting in this level of detail in your research is key to having success with your NHL wagering, and our experts put in the hours so you don’t have to. From starting goaltenders to injuries, fatigue, or a team’s playstyle, there is plenty to consider in every NHL game to find the best value pick.

While we review, predict, and preview every game of the NHL season, right through until the Stanley Cup Finals itself, our experts will have a level of confidence about a game and an NHL pick.

With all of our NHL picks, all of which you can find for today’s games on our NHL Picks & Predictions page, we have a star indicator displaying our experts’ confidence about that particular selection. This indicator is scored from 1 to 3 stars, with 3 stars being out most confident, 1 star being our least.

In addition to that, we have this NHL best bets page. Here you can find our top NHL plays, our best NHL bets, those in which we’re most confident about wagering on from today’s slate.

Being selective in your NHL wagering is key to turning a long term profit, and there’s no better place to start than our NHL best bets, all of which come with a detailed preview and explanation for the selection and our confidence.

What Are Your NHL Best Bets Today

Our NHL expert handicappers will cover every game of the NHL season. With an in-depth preview for each game, along with our NHL best bets which will typically include a Puck Line, Moneyline, or Goals Totals pick.

With over 1200 NHL regular-season matches in a typical year, plus the NFL Stanley Cup playoffs, you must be selective in wagering to give yourself the best chance of seeing success. Our NHL best bets are the perfect starting point for that and you can find them right here on this page, updated daily to show our most confident, and best NHL bets for today’s games.

Where To Wager On Your NHL Best Bets

NHL games, as with all major US sports will have a multitude of markets available for every game offered by all leading online sportsbooks.

Alongside the importance of being selective in your wagering, and managing your bankroll, right up there with the most important factors in successful NHL bets are the odds and betting lines.

NHL is a major US sport and as such sees a great deal of betting turnover with online sportsbooks. As a result, sportsbooks are keen to out-compete one another, and the way they do this is by trying to offer the best odds, spreads, or betting offers.

NHL picks and odds are most similarly compared to MLB picks and odds in that the puck line is set at +/- 1.5, as the run line is in baseball, and it’s the odds that change rather than the lines.

With this, it’s vital to shop the odds for your NHL best bets, as you can see a huge difference in potential payout from placing a wager at one sportsbook as opposed to another. 

All of our NHL picks are accompanied by the best available odds and which online sportsbooks are offering them, but these odds are dynamic and can change.

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