NHL playoffs picks, odds: Rangers look to close out Hurricanes, Oilers battle Canucks (2024)

It’s time for the next episode of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, second round edition. It has everything you’d want. The high stakes, history, Twitter antics, on-ice antics, goaltenders being pressed into duty that no one expected. And tons more.

Let’s start in Carolina where the Hurricanes hope to become the fifth team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit and the first since the 2014 Los Angeles Kings did it at the expense of the San Jose Sharks. The Hurricanes need a Game 6 win at home to force a Game 7 back at Madison Square Garden, and they’d be in position to be the fourth team in league history to win Game 7 on the road.

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As for Vancouver-Edmonton, we now have two goaltenders we didn’t expect to see in the playoffs squaring off against each other. Calvin Pickard’s 19-save win resulted in his first-ever Stanley Cup playoff victory. He’s come a long way from his humble beginnings in the Colorado Avalanche organization before being drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 expansion draft. Pickard even took to Twitter to ask fans for suggestions on how to draw his mask, thinking he’d enter the season as their backup goalie.

Calvin Pickard has a message to fans in Las Vegas.

"Please help me design my mask."

More: https://t.co/yNjf1gP94Y pic.twitter.com/iq2X8bE9Fl

— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) August 1, 2017

He was waived before he was allowed to play a game for Vegas and was eventually traded to Toronto. Following stops in Philadelphia, Arizona, and Detroit, Pickard now finds himself in Edmonton with the hot hand. It’s funny how these things play out.

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New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes — Game 6

How to watch: 7 p.m. ET on TNT, SN

Rangers lead series 3-2

Series odds: Rangers -250, Hurricanes +200

• The last two NHL teams who’ve come back from 3-0 series deficits in the Stanley Cup playoffs both advanced to the Stanley Cup final that year (Los Angeles in 2014 and Philadelphia in 2010). Something to think about if you’re Carolina.

• Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad was held pointless in Game 5 against the Hurricanes, snapping an eight-game points streak. However, Zibanejad is on a four-game goalless streak.

• Carolina’s Evgeny Kuznetsov has goals in back-to-back playoff games for the first time since the 2020 postseason when he was with the Washington Capitals. Kuznetsov hasn’t scored in three consecutive playoff games or more since the 2018 postseason against Tampa Bay.

• Igor Sheshterkin has allowed seven goals in his last two games with a collective save percentage of .879. Sheshterkin has finished his last two games with sub-.900 save percentages for the first time in the playoffs since playing back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2022 postseason.

Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks — Game 5

How to watch: 10p.m. ET on TNT, SN

Series tied 2-2

Series odds: Oilers -200, Canucks +165


Arturs Silovs has allowed three goals or more in his last four playoff starts. He’s only allowed two goals or fewer in two of his seven postseason games this year.

• Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has drawn a ton of criticism for his play in the playoffs. He’s scored just one goal in 10 playoff games this spring. That one goal came against the Oilers in Game 2, his sole point in the series.

• For the third time in his career, Leon Draisaitl is on a nine-game playoff points streak. If he gets a point on Thursday, it will be the longest points streak he’s ever had in the playoff. Draisaitl has eight goals and 20 points in his latest streak.

• Calvin Pickard had a 12-7-1 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average in 23 regular season contests for Edmonton in the regular season.

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(Photo of Frederik Andersen: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

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Julian McKenzie is a staff writer for The Athletic's NHL vertical and is based in Calgary. He also hosts The Chris Johnston Show with The Athletic's Chris Johnston. Julian's work can also be found in the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, CTV Montreal, The Canadian Press, TSN 690, the Montreal Gazette, The Sporting News and in other publications. Follow Julian on Twitter @jkamckenzie

NHL playoffs picks, odds: Rangers look to close out Hurricanes, Oilers battle Canucks (2024)

FAQs

Who is favored to win the 2024 Stanley Cup? ›

Florida may be the Cup favorite, but each of the remaining semifinalists has reasonable NHL odds to win it all.

When was the last time the Oilers were in the Western Conference finals? ›

The Oilers also reached the conference final in 2022, when McDavid had seven points (three goals, four assists) and Draisaitl had six assists in the series, but Edmonton was swept by the Colorado Avalanche, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Who is in the NHL Western Conference finals? ›

The Western Conference Final will feature the Edmonton Oilers versus the Dallas Stars, and will begin Thursday, in Dallas. All times are ET and subject to change.

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2024 Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup Odds
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3New York Rangers+300
4Edmonton Oilers+500
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What are the odds of the Oilers winning the Stanley Cup? ›

It's created something of a logjam on the odds board with the Edmonton Oilers listed as short as +425 while every other team (except the Vancouver Canucks) is between +500 and +750. This is parity.

Did the Houston Oilers ever won a championship? ›

The Houston Oilers were a professional American football team that played in Houston from its founding in 1960 to 1996. The Oilers began play as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) and won two AFL championships before joining the NFL in the AFL–NFL merger of the late 1960s.

Who replaced the Houston Oilers? ›

In 2002, the team we know as the Houston Texans debuted in the NFL under new franchise owner Bob McNair. Even after the Houston Oilers left, the city has remained a destination for sports.

What teams are in the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs? ›

It's time for the NHL's version of the Frozen Four. The Conference Finals of the 2024 playoffs have arrived, meaning there are only four teams remaining with a chance to raise the Stanley Cup. Those teams are the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.

What date are the Stanley Cup finals? ›

The 2024 NHL Playoffs started on April 20, 2024, and are scheduled to be completed no later than June 24, 2024.

How many Western Conference teams go to the playoffs NHL? ›

The four-round, best-of-seven tournament is held after the NHL's regular season. Eight teams from each of the league's two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season points totals. The final round is commonly known as the Stanley Cup Finals, which matches the two conference champions.

Are the Dallas Stars in the finals? ›

The Dallas Stars will play the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final. Dallas defeated the Colorado Avalanche in six games in the second round. Edmonton eliminated the Vancouver Canucks with a 3-2 win in Game 7 on Monday.

Who is favored in the Stanley Cup finals? ›

The Florida Panthers are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup with +250 odds. The Dallas Stars have the next best odds at +310 odds, followed by the New York Rangers at +380.

Who are the NHL favorites to win the Stanley Cup? ›

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DAL+1600+200
FLA+2000+220
NYR+1700+310
EDM+1100+500
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What teams are in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2024? ›

It's time for the NHL's version of the Frozen Four. The Conference Finals of the 2024 playoffs have arrived, meaning there are only four teams remaining with a chance to raise the Stanley Cup. Those teams are the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.

Is there a team that has never won the Stanley Cup? ›

The Florida Panthers have never won the Cup since their inception in 1993, when hockey in the U.S. Sun Belt was just starting to become a reality.

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