For the second night in a row, we get a match 7 to bet on.
This time it will be on ice.
And for the second straight round, the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers will both need to win Game 7 to qualify.
In the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I needed the Rangers to win three straight games, including Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in order to cash in on my bet on New York to win the series at more -money.
Looking back, there was a lot that needed to be done for the Blueshirts to win this series.
Meanwhile, after going 4-0 at home against the Boston Bruins in the first round, Carolina can go 4-0 at home against the Rangers tonight.
The Hurricanes have won six straight Game 7s, which is tied for the longest streak in Stanley Cup Playoff history.
I will need that streak to continue tonight to cash in my second-round bet on Carolina to win Game 1 and the series.
I also had a two-set series-winning game with the Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche to advance.
Based in large part on how dominant Carolina has looked on home ice in these playoffs, I’m not rushing to hedge those bets this morning.
Here is the TSN EDGE Morning Coffee for Monday, May 30, 2022.
Best bet for game 7 between Rangers and Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are 7-0 at home and 0-6 on the road so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Carolina is only the second team in NHL, NBA or MLB history to start the playoffs with 13 straight games won by a home team.
The Hurricanes outscored their opponents 3.57-1.14 at the PNC Arena.
Antti Raanta has been at his best in front of the home crowd in these playoffs.
Raanta is 6-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average and 0.965 save percentage in his seven home starts.
As expected, Carolina is a strong favorite at -144 on the money line at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Hurricanes -1.5 = +180.
On the other hand, the Rangers are currently +124 on the money line and +1.5 -220 on the puck line.
Meanwhile, the total went from 5 to 5.5 at FanDuel.
Over 5 is down to -152 on the alternate total.
At this point, I feel comfortable letting my two-series bets roll with Carolina as a decent favorite to stay perfect at home.
If I didn’t have those bets pending on the series, I would consider taking the home team on the silver line at the current price.
In terms of best bet for match 7, I have my eye on a specific prop again this morning.
If you’re reading this column or following me on Twitter, you won’t be surprised by the choice.
The Hurricanes front line of Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Seth Jarvis absolutely topped the series in shot attempts and scoring chances.
Seth Jarvis has had seven shots on goal in 14 attempts in the past two games alone.
While I always caution against investing too much in goal prop shots, over bets have hit the Jarvis SOG prop in four of Carolina’s last five home games, including four shots. on goal in Game 5 of this series.
I’ll bet Jarvis on two shots at -106 at FanDuel.
Oilers, Avalanche Betting Movement
Sunday morning, I suggested that anyone interested in betting on the Edmonton Oilers to win the Western Conference Finals wait for the best number before the series begins Tuesday night.
I’m going to double down on that suggestion this morning.
On Saturday afternoon, the best price I could find for Colorado to advance was -220 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
At the time, I noted that you could bet the Avalanche to win Game 1 and the series at -106.
Looking for the best number this morning, it looks like FanDuel still has the best price with Colorado at -240 to advance.
Meanwhile, the Oilers were +185 to win the series at FanDuel on Saturday afternoon.
You can find them this morning up to +215.
As impressive as Edmonton looked to beat the Calgary Flames in five games, I still think they will be outplayed by the Avalanche in the Western Final.
That said, if you’re leaning the Oilers to win the series, I still think it’s worth the wait with a chance we still haven’t seen the best number for Edmonton to advance.
Celtics Punch NBA Finals Ticket
For the first time since 2010, the Boston Celtics return to the NBA Finals.
The Celtics clinched their ticket with a 100-96 win over the Miami Heat in Game 7 last night.
Boston led by 12 with less than four minutes left.
Although they gave everyone who bet them -3 a sweat at FanDuel, they never trailed and eventually won and covered.
The NBA favorites went 8-4 straight and ATS in the Conference Finals.
Looking forward to the NBA Finals, the Celtics opened as a +140 underdog to win the series at FanDuel.
That number dropped to +130 this morning.
Golden State went from -166 to -160 to win the title.
The Warriors are a 3.5 point favorite to win Game 1.
Golden State is 9-0 at home in these playoffs.
The NBA favorites are 54-27 overall in the playoffs.