NHL Best Parlays of Week 22

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NHL Week 22

We’re down to the final four in the NHL playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights take on the Montreal Canadiens, while the Lightning and Islanders battle it out for the second-straight season. In this free parlay, I take a look at both playoff match ups and take a puck line in Vegas and a total goals wager in Tampa.

New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

June 13th, 15:00, Amalie Arena 

While the Islanders and Lightning aren’t considered a traditional rivalry, their recent playoff successes (and battles) make this series an intense watch.  

The Lightning disposed of New York en route to the Stanley Cup. Will lightning strike twice a year later? 

Focusing on Game 1 for this expert NHL pick, I am really intrigued by the total goals. I sound like a broken record, but the most common NHL score is 3-2. 

Sprinkle in the fact that Andrei Vasilevskiy has been standing tall in the blue paint and I think we’re a step closer to the under-cashing. 

Ilya Sorokin has a slightly high GAA at 2.32, but that is only marginally better than Vasilevskiy. Honestly, I don’t think Sorokin gets the same prestige as his opposing goalie. The same could be said about the Islanders in general. 

The Lightning are favored to win this series, but you can’t count out the Islanders. They disposed of the Penguins and Bruins and are creating a Cinderella run. 

Circling back, I love how strong both goaltenders are. While the Islanders and Lightning have snipers, I think the under 5.5 -140 is the play.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights

June 14th, 21:00, T-Mobile Arena

For the second leg of this free NHL parlay, we look at a David vs. Goliath battle. 

The Vegas Golden Knights are not only considered the better team in this series, but they are heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to Stanley Cup odds

There are a lot of storylines in this series but for this wager, I want to focus on the 1st Period Puck Line. Listed at -0.5 (+130), I think this will be the play in Vegas. 

 What I love about this bet is that the Golden Knights are not only one of the most powerful offenses in the NHL, but they are also at home. 

 In the playoffs, Montreal’s offense has been gritty but I wouldn’t put them on the same level as the Golden Knights. With how many perennial snipers will be on the ice at any given time for VGK, I can see them potting a goal against Carey Price.  

Another reason why I am in love with this bet is Vegas’ defense. They smothered Nathan MacKinnon last round and I think they can neutralize Montreal’s offense. 

I think it’s fair to say that no one on Montreal is at MacKinnon’s level. If the Golden Knights could limit one of the best scorers in the game, I think they can compete with the Canadiens. 

Let’s add the Golden Knights’ Puck Line -0.5 (+130) to this slip.

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