The NHL has Stanley Cup semifinal game 7s booked for Friday and Saturday. However, Game 6 wins by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens could lock in the finals matchup well before the weekend.
Montreal took a 3-2 lead in its Stanley Cup semifinal with a 4-1 win Tuesday night over Las Vegas. Game 6 will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Montreal. USA Network has the broadcast.
If the Las Golden Knights force Game 7, Las Vegas will host the 7 p.m. Saturday matchup on NBC Sports Network.
Las Vegas vs. Montreal Stanley Cup Playoffs odds — Game 6
But first, the New York Islanders return home to stave off elimination at 7 p.m. Wednesday on NBC Sports Network. If they succeed, Game 7 returns to Florida on Friday.
That game would also be 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
FanDuel said 70% of bettors expect the Lightning to wrap things up Wednesday night, however. That’s based both on the number of bets and the money behind those bets at the sportsbook.
Tampa Bay vs. NY Islanders Stanley Cup Playoffs odds — Game 6
Sports wagering analysts anticipated a Las Vegas-Tampa Bay Stanley Cup final.
The Lightning held up their end of the bargain when they struck eight times in Monday night’s 8-0 shutout to secure a 3-2 series lead over the Isles.
When both series were tied at 2, PointsBet Sportsbook analyst Mike Korn expected Tampa Bay vs. Las Vegas to be the most likely Stanley Cup Finals matchup:
“That being said, given the nature of hockey playoffs, anything can happen.”
Montreal leapfrogged the Knights and PointsBet odds favors the Canadiens to face Tampa Bay.
BetMGM sports trader Christian Cipollini said the Canadiens should feel blessed that they didn’t face elimination Tuesday night. Now, they’re one game from turning the tables.
“Marc-Andre Fleury made a massive mistake at the end of Game 3, which led to series being tied (going into Tuesday’s Game 5) … Tampa crushed the Islanders (Monday) night 8-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.
‘The world should be hoping for Lightning-Knights as those are the best two teams left and should be the most entertaining and exciting matchup. Islanders and Canadiens are both decent underdogs playing much better teams. The Canadiens rely on Carey Price in net to win games. They should be hoping to play the Islanders as Lightning have far more goalscoring and playmaking forwards.”