NHL Playoff Game Picks for Monday, May 9, 2022

  • BetOnline has point spreads, money lines and game totals for the four NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games on Monday, May 9, 2022
  • The Panthers, Rangers and Flames all need road wins in Game 4 to avoid falling in 3-1 series deficits
  • Nashville is in danger of being swept in the postseason for the first time in franchise history

Two of the top Stanley Cup contenders heading into the NHL playoffs are in a lot of trouble heading into their respective Game 4s on the road. In the West, the Pacific-Division-champion Calgary Flames trail the No. 7-seed Dallas Stars 2-1, while the President-Trophy-winning Florida Panthers are down 2-1 to the East’s No. 8 seed, the Washington Capitals.

Let’s check the odds for all of tonight’s National Hockey League postseason action. Here’s also where you can find the top betting sites for NHL hockey in 2022 and smart wagering tips in our 2022 Stanley Cup betting guide.

NHL Playoff Games- Monday, May 9

BetOnlineSpreadMoney LineTotal Points
New York Rangers-1½ (+210)-102Ov 6 (-109))
Pittsburgh Penguins+1½ (-250)-108Un 6 (-101)
Florida Panthers-1½ (+140)-170Ov 6.5 (-128)
Washington Capitals+1½ (-160)+153Un 6.5 (+116)
Colorado Avalanche-1½ (+105)-235Ov 6.5 (-115)
Nashville Predators+1½ (-125)+210Un 6.5 (+104)
Calgary Flames-1½ (+170)-155Ov 5.5 (+118)
Dallas Stars+1½ (-195)+140Un 5.5 (-130)

Capitals vs Panthers

Florida recorded an NHL-best 122 points this season, but they’re struggling against an experienced Capitals squad that has seven holdovers from its 2018 Stanley Cup championship. One of those players is of course Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 72nd career playoff goal (12th all-time) in Saturday’s 6-1 Game 3 win.

His countryman Sergei Bobrovsky may be replaced in the Panthers net after a rough outing. The two-time Vezina-winner has always struggled in the postseason with a 14-24 career record, 3.18 GAA and .901 save percentage.

Final score prediction: Capitals 4, Panthers 3 OT

Penguins vs Rangers

Maybe Igor Shesterkin is worn out after making 79 saves in a triple-overtime Game 1 loss. The Russian netminder was chased out of the net in the first period of Game 3 after allowing four goals on 15 shots. New York rallied to come back from a three-goal deficit before eventually falling 7-4 to Pittsburgh. Now in a 2-1 hole, the Blueshirts need a strong performance on the road against a Penguins club starting third-string goalie Louis Domingue.

Final score prediction: Rangers 4, Penguins 1

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Stars vs Flames

While they entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, the Stars sure know how to play playoff hockey. Don’t forget they reached the Stanley Cup Final just two years ago in Edmonton’s playoff bubble before losing to the Lightning in six games. Now with two-straight wins over the favored Flames, they have Darryl Sutter’s club on the ropes heading into Game 4.

Young netminder Jake Oettinger stopped 39 shots on Saturday after making 29 saves in Game 2 to secure a 2-0 shutout. Calgary’s three 40-goal scorers (Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm) must find a way to bulge the twine on Monday night.

Final score prediction: Flames 3, Stars 2 OT

Predators vs Avalanche

While the Capitals and Stars are showing just how unpredictable the Stanley Cup Playoffs are, the Avalanche are cruising through their first-round series with Nashville. After a 7-3 home loss on Saturday night, the Predators are on the verge of being swept for the first time in 15 playoff appearances.

Colorado will likely turn to backup Pavel Francouz after Darcy Kuemper was hit in the eye by an errant stick in Game 3, but it’s hard to imagine it making a difference. The Avs have a 137-81 shot advantage through three games, outscoring their over-matched opponents 16-6.

Final score prediction: Avalanche 4, Predators 3

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