The Colorado Avalanche are the first team in 22 years to complete a four-game sweep in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
Colorado rallied from down a goal in the third period to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 in Game 4 last night.
The Avalanche, which went wire-to-wire as the Stanley Cup favourite, are down from +320 to +220 to win it all at FanDuel Sportsbook since the playoffs started.
Meanwhile, six of the other eight playoff series are even through four games, which is tied for the most in a single round in NHL history.
When a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to advance 79.1 per cent of the time (219-58).
The stage is set for an absolutely epic stretch of playoff hockey.
It might also give us the opportunity to capitalize by predicting some series winners at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here’s the TSN EDGE Morning Coffee for Tuesday, May 10th, 2022.
Flames, Panthers Even First Round Series’
The Avalanche were overwhelmingly considered the most likely team to advance past the first round at -620 to beat the Predators.
The next three biggest favourites to advance past the opening round are all tied at 2-2.
The Florida Panthers (-174 ML) rallied from down 2-1 late to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime.
The Panthers looked like they were in big trouble late, but Sam Reinhart tied it up with 2:04 left in regulation, and Carter Verhaeghe ended it in the extra frame with his second goal of the night.
Florida, which entered Game 1 at -355 to advance, went from -140 to -300 to win the best-of-seven series at FanDuel Sportsbook following the Game 4 win.
The Panthers are -225 to win Game 5 on home ice.
Elsewhere, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm found the back of the net as the Calgary Flames (-146 ML) beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 to tie their series at 2-2.
Calgary, which entered Game 1 at -320 to advance, is now -215 to win Game 5 and -260 to win the series at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins (-102 ML) beat the New York Rangers 7-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the only ongoing series that isn’t tied through four games.
Ironically, based on the odds that best-of-seven was considered the most even first-round series on paper entering the playoffs.
New York opened as a small series underdog but was bet to -115, while Pittsburgh was -104 to advance before Game 1 puck drop.
After taking a 3-1 series lead, the Penguins are now -650 to win the series.
The Rangers are +460 to win the next three in a row.
Out of all my first round series predictions, New York to beat Pittsburgh was a complete miss.
In fact, the series has been so lopsided that the Penguins have made it look like third-string goaltender Louis Domingue has outplayed the Vezina Trophy favourite Igor Shesterkin.
Pittsburgh, which was +2400 to win the Stanley Cup after dropping Game 2, is down to +1300 to win it all at FanDuel Sportsbook this morning.
Looking For Value With Updated Series Winner Prices
With six of the eight Stanley Cup Playoffs series currently tied 2-2, now is the perfect time to look at some of the adjusted series winner prices at FanDuel Sportsbook.
While their prices have changed from one game to the next, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been a favourite to advance throughout the entire first round.
Toronto is now -126 to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 tonight and -118 to win the series.
Those are very reasonable numbers to bet them at if you think the Maple Leafs are going to win tonight and win the series.
At the same time, if you believe the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions will get the job done, you can get them at +108 to win tonight and -102 to win the series.
Meanwhile, the third and final Canadian NHL team still in contention remains a heavy favourite to advance.
The Edmonton Oilers are -225 to win Game 5 against the Los Angeles Kings and -240 to win their series.
Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes looked like they would cruise to the second round after jumping out to a 2-0 series lead against the Boston Bruins.
However, after dropping back-to-back games in Boston, the Hurricanes are now -128 to advance.
The Bruins are +120 to win tonight in Carolina and +106 to win the series.
The Hurricanes are up to -142 to win Game 5.
In the other series that is tied 2-2, FanDuel has the Minnesota Wild at -138 to win Game 5 and -138 to advance to the second round.
The St. Louis Blues are +118 to win Game 5 and +115 to win the series.
Celtics Bounce Back Versus Defending Champs
Speaking of parity, three of the four second round series in the NBA playoffs are tied 2-2 through four games.
The Boston Celtics (+106 ML) beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 in Game 4 to even up their best-of-seven.
Jayson Tatum and Al Horford both finished with 30 points.
It was the first time that Horford has reached the 30-point milestone in 132 career playoff games.
He’ll turn 36-years-old next month.
Looking at the adjusted series prices at FanDuel Sportsbook, the Celtics are now -190 to advance tied 2-2.
Boston is currently a 5.5-point favourite for Game 5.
Milwaukee is +160 to win two of the next three games.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors (-500 ML) rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98 to take a 3-1 series lead.
The Warriors, which trailed by as many as 12 points, never led until the final minute of regulation.
Golden State is now -3500 to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors are also down to -140 to win the West and +185 to win the NBA championship at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Tonight, we get a couple of key Game 5’s with a pair of second-round series’ that are tied 2-2.
The Miami Heat are currently a three-point favourite against the Philadelphia 76ers on their home floor.
The home team has won all four games in that series.
A similar theme has played out with the home team winning all four games in the Western Conference second-round series between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Suns are currently a six-point favourite for Game 5 tonight.
For as bad as Miami and Phoenix looked in their previous two games, I still think they are the better teams in their respective series’.
A two-team parlay featuring the Heat and Suns to win tonight currently pays +127 at FanDuel Sportsbook.