NHL predictions: Friday's best bets
NHL betting tips and odds
The NHL playoffs are under way and we have studied the latest Stanley Cup odds to produce our NHL predictions for Friday night.
Our matchups feature the Carolina Hurricanes, who hold a 3-0 advantage over the New York Islanders, and the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues who are tied 2-2 in their series.
New York Islanders @ Carolina Hurricanes, CAR 3-0 (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
The Carolina Hurricanes are on a mission. And momentum is clearly in their favor.
The Hurricanes are up 3-0 in this series against the New York Islanders, and they will go for the series sweep in Friday night's Game 4 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
The Hurricanes rolled to a 5-2 victory in Game 3 on Wednesday night, and they will look to have success on their home ice, where they're unbeaten in four playoff games this year. The Islanders never even held a lead in Game 3 and are easy to oppose in our Stanley Cup predictions.
The Islanders lost for the first time in three road outings in this postseason, and if they want this series to continue they'll need to come away with another road victory in order to send this series back to Brooklyn.
Carolina has scored five goals in three of its playoff home games.
The puck line in this one is set at the Hurricanes minus 1.5 goals, and the over/under is at five goals.
I believe this series is all but over. The Hurricanes are clearly on a roll and I don't see them slowing down in Game 4.
Take the Hurricanes and the under in this one.
Final score prediction: Carolina Hurricanes 3, New York Islanders 1.
Dallas Stars @ St. Louis Blues, TIED 2-2 (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
With the series tied at 2-2, this Western Conference semifinal series between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars has emotions running at an all-time high.
The first-year coach for the Dallas Stars, Jim Montgomery, switched up his top two lines in Game 3, a move that featured putting rookie Roope Hintz with captain Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov.
Hintz buried his fifth goal of the playoffs, and Tyler Seguin, Radulov and Mats Zuccarello each had two assists as the Stars came away with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night to even the second-round series at two games apiece.
The Blues claimed victories in the first and third games, and the Stars came away with the second and fourth games, so it's up to the Blues, who will be on their home ice, to respond after their first road loss of the playoffs.
St. Louis will continue to rely on its experience because that's exactly what brought them to this point.
The puck line in the NHL betting odds for this one is set at the Blues minus 1.5 goals, and the over/under is also set at five goals.
I like the Blues at home in this one. I believe they will bounce back and regain control of this series.
Roll with St. Louis and the over in this showdown.
Final score prediction: St. Louis Blues 5, Dallas Stars 3.