Hockey fans are in for a treat this weekend! The first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs concludes with five Game 7s! There are three spread out on Saturday and two on Sunday night. Let’s get into our NHL Playoffs Game 7 Picks and DraftKings DFS Stacks, Goalie, and Lineup for Saturday!
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NHL Game 7 Picks for Saturday, May 14th
NHL Game 7: Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes – 4:30 p.m. ET
How to watch Game 7 TV: ESPN, TVAS, SN360, SNE, SNW, SNP
Moneyline: Bruins (+115) | Hurricanes (-135)
Total: Over 6 (+100) | Under 6 (-120)
The home team has won every game in this series by at least two goals. The Canes won the first two games 5-1 and 5-2, then Boston won twice at home, 4-2 and 5-2. Carolina returned home for a 5-1 in Game 5 and Boston kept the series alive with a 5-2 win in Game 6.
This series hasn’t been as competitive as going to Game 7 makes it sound. Antti Raanta and the Hurricanes should win at home to advance to the second round. I like them to do it by at least two goals just as they did in their first three wins, making +190 a pretty damn good price. I’ll take the Over 6 at +100 as well given that there have been 6+ goals in all six games.
NHL Game 7 Picks: Hurricanes -135 / -1.5 (+190) | Over 6 (+100)
NHL Game 7: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 7:00 p.m. ET
How To Watch Game 7 TV: TNT, CBC, TVAS, SN, BSSUN
Moneyline: Lightning (+105) | Maple Leafs (-125)
Total: Over 6.5 (-110) | Under 6.5 (-110)
Sorry, but I can’t bet on the Maple Leafs to win a Game 7. They’ve come up short so many times as they haven’t won a playoff series since 2004.
The Lightning know how to play with their backs against the wall and I’ll happily take the reigning two-time champs as underdogs in Game 7. Oh yeah, and it’ll be another high-scoring game.
NHL Game 7 Picks: Lightning (+105) | Over 6.5 (-110)
NHL Game 7: Los Angeles Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers – 10 p.m. ET
How to watch Game 7 TV: ESPN, CBC, TVAS, SN, BSSC
Moneyline: Kings (+180) | Oilers (-220)
Total: Over 6.5 (+100) | Under 6.5 (-120)
The Kings failed to close out the Oilers in Game 6 at home. That opened the door for the Oilers to win Game 7 in Edmonton and I think they’ll do just that. However, I’m not comfortable laying the -220 juice on a team that choked last year.
Los Angeles is a good value at +180, but my pick for this game is the Under 6.5. There were a few high-scoring games in the middle of the series but a Game 7 should bring out the best in both teams in a tight-checking game.
NHL Game 7 Picks: Under 6.5 (-120)
NHL Game 7 DraftKings DFS Lineup for Saturday, May 14th
NHL DraftKings DFS Lineup – Top Stack: EDM 1 / PP1
Connor McDavid (C, $8.8k) – Leon Draisaitl (W, $7.4k) – Tyson Barrie (D, $4.1k)
The Oilers are the biggest favorite on the board and they’re the top stack on the DraftKings DFS NHL slate. McDavid and Draisaitl have been playing together on and off, and I’m expecting big things in Game 7.
McDavid has 14.5+ FPTS in five of six games this series, including 27.5 in Game 5 and 34.8 in Game 6. He has 57 FPTS in the three home games (19 per) and I’m expecting at least 20 or 25 FPTS in a do-or-die Game 7.
The same goes for Draisaitl. He has 65 FPTS in three home games for an average of 21.67. He had three points (2 G, 1 A) and three shots in Game 5. He hit the 5 SOG bonus in Game 1 with a goal and came one SOG away in Game 2, also scoring a goal.
Barrie seems underpriced at $4.1k given his usage. He plays on the top power-play unit with this dynamic duo and has 8.4+ FPTS in three of the last four games, including a 15.6 and 16.4.
The Oilers should score goals tonight and these three will be involved.
NHL DraftKings DFS Lineup – Value Stack: CAR 1 / PP1
Sebastian Aho (C, $5.9k) – Seth Jarvis (W, $3.2k) – Vincent Trocheck (C, $3.6k)
Aho has been up-and-down in the playoffs for the Hurricanes, but the reason is pretty simple. He has 12.3+ FPTS (51.5 total) in all three home games and just 5.8 FPTS in three road games. Home-ice has been key in this series and we’re taking advantage of that for DFS.
Jarvis flanks Aho on the top line and power-play unit. He had two goals on eight shots in Game 5 at home and picked up two points in Game 1. For just $3.2k, I’ll take a chance at a double-digit performance given his usage.
Trocheck centers the second line but joins the other two on the top power-play unit. Like Aho, Trocheck has been great at home with 12.1+ FPTs in all three games in Carolina (54.2 total, 18.06 avg).
NHL Game 7 DraftKings DFS Lineup – Goalie: Mike Smith (EDM, $8.4k)
Regular Season: 16-9-2, 2.81 GAA, .915 SV%
Playoffs: 3-3-0, 2.67 GAA, .931 SV%
The Kings are surprisingly shooting the puck a lot in the playoffs with an average of 38.7 SOG per game. Smith has earned the 35+ save bonus in three of the last four games, including Game 5 at home. He’s picked up at least 14.1 FPTS in each of the last five games, with 31+ in two of them. In total, he has 127.5 FPTS in six games (21.25 per).
The Oilers are huge favorites so Smith should get the win bonus and likely the 35-save bonus tonight.
NHL Game 7 DFS DraftKings Lineup
If you use both stacks and Smith, you’re left with $8.6k for a winger and defenseman. That should give you enough to fit in two solid players.
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