NHL Game 7 picks, bets, odds for Lightning at Maple Leafs, Bruins at Hurricanes, Kings at Oilers

NHL Game 7 picks, bets, odds for Lightning at Maple Leafs, Bruins at Hurricanes, Kings at Oilers

Three Game 7s in one day? What a treat for hockey fans. The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs was full of close series and Saturday’s Game 7 trio is the best example of that.

It’s the first time in eight years that there are three Game 7s on the same day. On top of that, matchups are also interesting for a number of reasons. The showpiece game is probably Tampa Bay in Toronto. Toronto hasn’t won a playoff since 2004 and Tampa Bay is the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion.

Saturday’s Stanley Cup playoff schedule:

Every day during the Stanley Cup playoffs, The Athletic writers will make their picks, straight. We put our picks, TV schedule and coverage for all series, plus the latest ratings, all in one place for fans to easily digest and follow. Our in-depth NHL coverage is linked under the picks. For live NHL odds from BetMGM, click here.

Hurricane Bruins

Team Moneyline Total

+110

Y 6 (+100)

-135

U 6 (-120)

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

Summary by Sean Kind

Who was the guy? It’s safe and annoying, probably, to choose Brad Marchand in this place. He’s still great, and Thursday night was quiet on the afterschool side of the street. But he still had a huge impact; he scored first, which was the first time Boston had done that in the series, and his line — you might have heard of the other two guys there, too — was exceptional.

What was the key? After Marchand’s goal, it was all about Boston’s supporting players. That’s been true for the Bruins for a few years now: if they get anything from midfield, they’re 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 stat: If Boston wins Game 7, it will be its 16th such win in franchise history, breaking the tie with the Canadiens. If the Hurricanes win Game 7, it will be their sixth straight game, tying an NHL record most recently tied by the Rangers in 2015.

Bruins worry meter: 🤪🤪🤪🤪… The momentum doesn’t carry over from game to game, but it does help get into Game 7 after a win.

Hurricane Anxiety Meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 … They certainly have should feel more pressure than Boston; they were one of the league’s few top teams during the regular season and beat the Bruins every time they met.

Writer To take

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Lightning at the Maple Leafs

Team Moneyline Total

+105

O 6.5 (-110)

-130

U 6.5 (-110)

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

Summary by Max Bultman

What was the key? Before I get to that, I want to say this: the Maple Leafs have such right on Thursday. They came back from an early deficit, showing a truly impressive resilience. For a team whose mental makeup in the big moments was (quite) questioned, it was huge to see them turn a 2-0 hole into a 3-2 lead in a closing game on the road. In an alternate universe, that’s the story of the game. But two high stick penalties midway through the third (one earned, one quite obviously a blown call) gave the Lightning a long 5-for-3. capitalized, tying the game at three and ultimately forcing overtime. Even after that, however, the Leafs had a solid performance in the extra frame, until a bang-bang play – which started with Auston Matthews, who was excellent in the game, blew a tire – which erased what should have been such a success.

Key stat? 0-and-8. That’s the Maple Leafs’ record in closing games since 2017, with their current core intact. They have another chance on Saturday to end that narrative. But it’s the stat that will hover above all others until they do.

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

Lightning Worry Meter: 🥴🥴🥴🥴 … Maybe it should be higher, considering they were very close to golf on Thursday. But they just don’t have demons like the Leafs.

Writer To take

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Oilers Kings

Team Moneyline Total

+180

O 6.5 (+100)

-225

U 6.5 (-120)

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

Recap by Harman Dayal

Who was the guy? To the surprise of absolutely no one, Connor McDavid was king with the Oilers’ back against the wall. McDavid opened the scoring less than a minute later. He had the zone entrance and a secondary assist on Tyson Barrie’s game-winner. And he bowed it all with solid defensive play on the back check to strip Andreas Athanasiou and dispatch Evander Kane for the empty-net insurance marker.

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

Key stat: Edmonton won the battle 5-5 by a 3-1 margin. The Oilers’ special teams have been so strong for most of this series, but what’s outdone them is how badly they’ve been beaten in ties – they’ve been outscored 10-2 at 5-5 in their defeats. LA snatched victories by dominating the battle at even strength. It was essential for Edmonton to at least hold their place in the evenings, they did better by winning decisively thanks to McDavid.

Worry Meter of Kings:🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯… They have a legitimate chance to win Game 7, but it doesn’t help that they’re now on the road, have McDavid on the run and Darnell Nurse is back.

Oil tanker worry meter: 🥴🥴🥴🥴 … They are still 60 minutes away from another possible first-round exit.

Writer To take

Luszczyszyn House

Sean Kind

Sean McIndoe

Kevin Kurz

Jesse Granger

Shayna Goldman


Picks records (until Thursday)

WRITER RECORD

Jesse Granger

28-15

Sean McIndoe

27-16

Luszczyszyn House

24-19

Shayna Goldman

23-20

Kevin Kurz

22-21

Sean Kind

20-23

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