NHL Round 2 Betting Preview: What to Watch For

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Gambling.com welcomes NHL Round 2 into the mix. Yes, the games may be fewer, but the intensity and stakes increase. The New Jersey Devils became the eighth and final team to advance on Monday night behind a 4-0 win.   

Here are a few takeaways on what expects to be an incredible night. 

Schedule Breakdown

Simply, here is tonight’s breakdown. 

  • Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs - 7:00 pm ET
  • Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars - 9:30 pm ET

The schedule is now more straightforward. It is always nice when there are only one or two games a night.   

Some Good And Not Quite As Good News

For the four teams playing tonight, they are still in the playoffs. Dallas gets even better news with the return of Joe Pavelski. Pavelski took a nasty, high hit against Minnesota. It was feared that he might be out for the playoffs.

Unfortunately, not all the news is good, as Florida comes off an overtime win in Boston on Sunday and plays in Toronto Tuesday with little rest. The same can be said with Seattle. It will be intriguing to see how the two teams look. Toronto and Dallas enjoyed a little extra rest. 

ESPN Is Where The Puck Is Tonight

Tuesday’s two games are over the air on ESPN tonight. The difference is now, local coverage will only be available for pre and post-game coverage. Up in Canada, Sportsnet, CBC, and TVAS are the options.

Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs

Florida looked dead and buried after four games of their series with the Boston Bruins. Then, the Panthers started to chip away. Matthew Tkachuk led Florida to the second round, along with Aleksander Barkov. With timely goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida survived one of the best regular-season teams this century. 

Florida’s reward is playing arguably Canada’s best hope for aStanley Cup . The Toronto Maple Leafs’ core four gave the Panthers fits all during the season. Toronto won three times and lost once in extra time versus Florida. Florida has allowed three or more goals in every game this postseason, and Toronto averaged 3.75 goals per game versus the Panthers. 

Quickly, there is one more Tuesday night game.

Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars

After disposing of the Colorado Avalanche, the Seattle Kraken face an even more confident team in the Dallas Stars. Dallas won three straight games convincingly over the Minnesota Wild in the last round. 

Furthermore, with Joe Pavelski back, Dallas is pretty much healthy. One of the best man-advantage units gets even better against a Seattle team that is not quite as proficient on the penalty kill.

No Seattle player scored more than two goals in the series. With Jared McCann and Andre Burakovsky out, it will be interesting to see what happens next. Both teams have a good chance of advancing. Note the movement in Game 1. It seems bettors like Dallas a lot. 

Some Wagers To Consider Placing For The Game 1s

  • Joe Pavelski Powerplay points (0.5) comes in at +170.   
  • The over is something to stay away from in Dallas, but that 6.5 in Toronto is only at -115. 
  • Sergei Bobrovsky save prop take the over. See where it lands.
  • Auston Matthews anytime goal prop is at -120, but Matthew Tkachuk stands at +155.
  • A home team parlay would come in around +200 to +225. 
  • More crazy bets are coming for Wednesday as the other two series open.

Good luck, and once again, thanks for reading! We will carry some more plays on social media as conditions warrant.

Thanks to BetMGM for their help.

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