2018 NHL Conference Finals Preview & Odds: Vegas vs Winnipeg; Tampa vs Washington

  • The 2018 NHL playoffs are down to the Conference Finals.
  • Out west, can the Golden Knights continue their historic run against the Jets, a.k.a. Canada’s last hope?
  • In the east, Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals search for their first Stanley Cup appearance against the loaded Lightning.
  • Below, find a breakdown of both series, including head-to-head comparisons, betting trends, and the early odds. 

Tampa Bay Lightning
vs
Washington Capitals

Key Statistics

All statistics from 2018 playoffs unless otherwise indicated.

    LIGHTNING STAT CAPITALS
8-2 RECORD 8-4
29-10-2 REGULAR-SEASON HOME RECORD 28-11-2
25-13-3 REGULAR-SEASON ROAD RECORD 21-15-5
+10 GOAL DIFFERENCE +11
3.50 GOALS FOR / GAME 3.58
2.50 GOALS AGAINST / GAME 2.67
+1.8 SHOT DIFFERENCE / GAME +2.8
.9.18% SAVE PERCENTAGE .911%
26.3% POWER PLAY 31.0%
74.2% PENALTY KILL 79.1%
2-1-0 REGULAR-SEASON HEAD TO HEAD 1-1-1

 

Betting Trends & Odds

    LIGHTNING TREND/ODDS CAPITALS
 -190  ODDS TO WIN SERIES +165
-180 GAME 1 MONEYLINE +160
-1.5 (+150) GAME 1 PUCKLINE +1.5 (-170)
Over 6 (-105) GAME 1 OVER/UNDER Under 6 (-115)
47-47 2017-18 PUCKLINE RECORD* 46-48
54-34-1 2017-18 OVER/UNDER SPLIT 52-40-2
 Under 1 OVER/UNDER STREAK Under 1

*Includes regular season. 

How They Got Here

Lightning vs Bruins Game 5 Highlights

Capitals vs Penguins Game 6 Highlights


Vegas Golden Knights
vs
Nashville Predators

Key Statistics

All statistics from 2018 playoffs unless otherwise indicated.

        JETS       . STAT GOLDEN KNIGHTS
8-4  RECORD 8-2
32-7-2 REGULAR-SEASON HOME RECORD 29-10-2
20-13-8 REGULAR-SEASON ROAD RECORD 22-14-5
+15 GOAL DIFFERENCE +12
3.58 GOALS FOR / GAME 2.90
2.33 GOALS AGAINST / GAME 1.70
+2.2 SHOT DIFFERENCE / GAME -1.1
.926% SAVE PERCENTAGE .9.51%
25.0% POWER PLAY 17.5%
74.2% PENALTY KILL 85.0%
1-1-1 REGULAR-SEASON HEAD TO HEAD 2-1-0

Betting Trends & Odds

    JETS . TREND/ODDS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
 -145  ODDS TO WIN SERIES +125
-145 GAME 1 MONEYLINE +125
-1.5 (+200) GAME 1 PUCKLINE +1.5 (-240)
Over 6 (-105) GAME 1 OVER/UNDER Under 6 (-115)
49-45 2017-18 PUCKLINE RECORD* 57-35
46-46-2 2017-18 OVER/UNDER SPLIT 46-42-4
 Over 1 OVER/UNDER STREAK Under 1

*Includes regular season. 

How They Got Here

Golden Knights vs Sharks Game 6 Highlights

Jets vs Predators Game 7 Highlights

AlexanderP

Alexander is the MTS editor-in-chief. Frank, Alex, and Geoff brought him in when they realized that their betting expertise far surpassed their grammatical abilities. He loves overanalyzing college basketball trends. Talking to him during the first weekend of March Madness is like talking to a wall. A very focused wall, but a wall nonetheless.