NHL Game 7 Picks, Bets, Odds for Lightning at Maple Leafs, Bruins at Hurricanes, Kings at Oilers

Three Game 7’s in one day? What a treat for hockey fans. The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was packed with tight runs, with Saturday’s trio of Game 7s being the best example.

This is the first time in eight years that there have been three Game 7s on the same day. Moreover, the matchups are also interesting for a number of reasons. The tent matchup is likely to be Tampa Bay in Toronto. Toronto has not won a playoff series since 2004, and Tampa Bay is the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.

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Every day during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, The Athletic’s writers will take their pick, straight up. We’ve put our picks, TV schedule and all series coverage, plus the latest opportunities, all in one place for fans to easily digest and follow. Our in-depth NHL coverage is linked below the picks. Click here for live NHL odds from BetMGM.

Bruins during hurricanes

Team money line Total

+110

O6 (+100)

-135

U6 (-120)

Game 6: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 2 | Series equal 3-3

Summary by Sean Kind

Who was the guy? It’s probably safe and boring to pick Brad Marchand over here. He’s always great, and Thursday night was a quiet night on the extracurricular side of the street. But he still had a huge impact; he scored first, which was Boston’s first time in the series, and his line — you may have heard of the other two guys there too — was excellent.

What was the key? After Marchand’s goal, it was all about Boston’s supporting players. It’s been true for the Bruins for a few years now: if they get anything from the middle six, it’s a dangerous team. It just doesn’t happen with enough regularity. On Thursday, however, they got goals from Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Derek Forbort and Curtis Lazar. If they get that in Game 7, watch out, Carolina – and if they get it consistently, watch out, everyone else.

Key statistic: If Boston wins Game 7, it will be his 16th win in franchise history, breaking a tie with the Canadiens. If the Hurricanes win Game 7, it would be their sixth straight, tying an NHL record most recently matched by the Rangers in 2015.

Bruins worry meter: 🤪🤪🤪🤪… Momentum doesn’t carry over from game to game, but it helps get through a win in Game 7.

Hurricanes worry meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 … She sure should feel more crowded than Boston; they were one of the few best teams in the league during the regular season, beating the Bruins every time they met.

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House of Luszczyszyn

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Lightning at Maple Leafs

Team money line Total

+105

O 6.5 (-110)

-130

U 6.5 (-110)

Game 6: Lightning 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) | Series equal 3-3

Summary by Max Bultman

What was the key? Before we get into it, let me say this: the Maple Leafs did so much right on Thursday. They came back from an early deficit and showed some really impressive resilience. For a team whose mental makeup was (fairly) questioned at big moments, seeing how they could turn a 2-0 hole into a 3-2 lead in a close-out road game was huge. In another universe, that’s the story of the game. But two high stick penalties midway through the third (a deserved, quite obviously an inflated decision) gave the Lightning a long 5-on-3. Nikita Kucherov made a capital, equalized on three points and eventually forced extra time. But even after that, the Leafs had a strong showing in the extra frame, until a banging game – which started with Auston Matthews, who was excellent at the game and blew up a tire – that wiped out what was such a success story.

Most important stat? 0-and-8. That’s the Maple Leafs record in closeout games since 2017, with their current core intact. They have one more chance on Saturday to end this story. But it’s the stat that will float above all the others until they do.

Maple Leafs worry meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 … It was there for the taking, and they played really well on Thursday. They also get Game 7 at home. The bad news? Well, you know.

Lightning worry meter: … Perhaps this should be higher as they were nearly wave-bound on Thursday. But they just don’t have any demons that the Leafs have.

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House of Luszczyszyn

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Kings at Oilers

Team money line Total

+180

O 6.5 (+100)

-225

U 6.5 (-120)

Game 6: Oilers 4, Kings 2 | Series equal 3-3

Summary by Harman Dayal

Who was the guy? To the surprise of absolutely no one, Connor McDavid was king with the Oilers’ backs against the wall. McDavid opened the scoring in less than a minute. He had the zone entry and secondary assist on game winner Tyson Barrie. And he bowed to it all with a strong defensive play on the backcheck to strip Andreas Athanasiou and send Evander Kane to the empty net insurance marker.

No.97 was a workhorse from start to finish. With McDavid on the ice, the Oilers had 20 shots on target and 3 goals in five-on-five. The Kings as a whole team had 24 shots and 1 goal at 5-on-5.

Key statistic: Edmonton won the 5-on-5 battle by a 3-1 margin. The Oilers’ special teams have been so strong for most of this series, but what surpassed them is how poorly they have been beaten in the evens – outperformed 10-2 by 5-to-5 in their losses. LA took wins by dominating the match on an equal footing. It was crucial for Edmonton to at least hold their own through the evens, they did even better by winning it decisively thanks to McDavid.

Kings worry meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 … They have a legitimate chance of winning Game 7, but it doesn’t help that they are out now, have McDavid and fuego, and Darnell Nurse returns.

Oilers worry meter: … They are still 60 minutes away from another possible exit in the first round.

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House of Luszczyszyn

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Picks records (until Thursday)

AUTHOR MENTION

Jesse Granger

28-15

Sean McIndoe

27-16

House of Luszczyszyn

24-19

Shayna Goldman

23-20

Kevin Kurz

22-21

Sean Kind

20-23

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