The New York Islanders are on the brink. They’re sharing the ledge with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers and unexpectedly the Tampa Bay Lightning, who will be kicking themselves for a summer after blowing a 4-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining in Game 4.
The Stanley Cup odds have been updated.
As expected, the Islanders are a LONG shot. The Carolina Hurricanes are up to a 10-1 shot.
|New York Rangers||15/2||(+750)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||15/2||(+750)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||14/1||(+1400)|
|New Jersey Devils||22/1||(+2200)|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||35/1||(+3500)|
|Los Angeles Kings||40/1||(+4000)|
|New York Islanders||150/1||(+15000)|
Florida hit a buzzsaw against the Bruins. Even without their top two centers, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, Florida has taken penalties and failed to slip a few more past Vezina Trophy favorite Linus Ullmark.
Boston captain Patrice Bergeron is expected to play in Game 5, making the Panthers’ challenge even greater.
However, the story of the playoffs will be the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning. The series has been played at extraordinary speed and intensity. Game 3 went to OT before Toronto won, and Game 4 was seemingly in the bag for Tampa. However, the three-time defending conference champions (and two-time Stanley Cup champs), couldn’t hold the 4-1 lead.
Tampa Bay lost both games on home ice as the outdoor watch parties in Toronto hit levels of near delirium. Toronto hasn’t won a Round One series since 2003. It creates value for bettors and players can get started with just $10 at these online casinos.
The other great series if you stay up late is the Edmonton Oilers and LA Kings. Three of the games have been decided in the final minutes or overtime. LA rallied in each of the first two games to earn a split, then lost a sizable lead late in Game 4.
It’s not been Connor McDavid who is burning LA, but teammate Leon Draisaitl, who has been on the ice for all 14 Edmonton goals in the series. His 1.6 career average points per game in the playoffs ranks second all-time, behind only Wayne Gretzky (1.837).
In McDavid’s eighth season, playoff success has eluded him. He has not yet played in a Stanley Cup Final and has advanced past Round One just twice in five previous playoff berths.
The Islanders hope to avoid elimination Tuesday in Carolina. The Carolina Hurricanes took the wind out of their sails Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win. The Islanders didn’t score until late in the game and trailed from the early minutes of the first period after yielding a 5v3 power play goal.