Stanley Cup Playoffs: Toronto Continues to Fight Back
There are only two teams left playing in round one of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So, we’re checking in on how those series are going as well as previewing what’s set for round two.
Still Battling in the East
After being dominated in Boston, the Toronto Maple Leafs showed resistance at home to claim a win in the third game.
Boston went 3-1 up before taking the series back to TD Garden, where Toronto showed some real grit to come out with a 4-3 win. Frederik Andersen’s 42 saves were major for the Maple Leafs staying in the series.
Now, with Canada’s best NHL bookmakers, Toronto is at +350 to win the series 4-3.
In a series which has seen four games settled in overtime, you can bet that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are drained. But they must continue to fight for a place in the next round.
After winning the first two games, Washington has come back to win three on the trot, leaving the Blue Jackets at +325 to rally and win the series 4-3.
Who awaits them?
The Tampa Bay Lightning lived up to expectations and dominated the New Jersey Devils. The Bolts glided past in five games, and now they rest and wait for the winner of the Toronto-Boston series.
Regardless of who progresses to round two, Tampa Bay will be favoured to win the series as they have looked so strong all season.
In yet another hard-fought Battle of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers. That enraged Philly fans to the extent that they threw items onto the ice in the series-ending game six.
The Penguins await the winner of the Washington-Columbus series while everyone hopes for a renewal of the Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin rivalry.
Series set for Round 2
The Vegas Golden Knights obliterated the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 in their first ever playoff series. But, now, they must face another playoff-hardened team, the San Jose Sharks. San Jose beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-0, so now two perfect teams will meet in round two.
The bookies can barely pick a favourite, with the Sharks at -105 and the Golden Knights at -117 to win the series.
Nashville looked to have slipped up against the Colorado Avalanche but they pulled it together to win in six games. Now they face a vibrant Canadian team, the Winnipeg Jets.
It’ll be a hard-fought battle, and the Predators have shown not to be as unbeatable as first assumed. So, despite being at +115 to win the series, the Jets could take this one.