Stanley Cup Playoffs 2019: 2nd-round matchups, schedule, odds, picks
Marcus Johansson and the Boston Bruins will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Charles Krupa | AP Photo
The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to eight teams, all with their eyes on capturing the NHL’s top prize.
The first round was full of drama and upsets, where all four division winners were all eliminated for the first time in NHL history. That ended on Wednesday when the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals in double overtime in Game 7.
Here’s a look at the four matchups in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with full schedules, odds and predictions for each series.
All starting times are Eastern, and all series odds are via DraftKings.
CAROLINA HURRICANES VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Game 1: Carolina at NY Islanders – 7 p.m., Friday, April 26
Game 2: Carolina at NY Islanders – 7 p.m., Sunday, April 28
Game 3: NY Islanders at Carolina – 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 1
Game 4: NY Islanders at Carolina – 7 p.m., Friday, May 3
*Game 5: Carolina at NY Islanders – TBD, Sunday, May 5
*Game 6: NY Islanders at Carolina – TBD, Tuesday, May 7
*Game 7: Carolina at NY Islanders – TBD, Wednesday, May 8
Hurricanes to win series: -103
Islanders to win series: -121
Pick: Hurricanes in 7
The Islanders and Hurricanes have been two of hockey’s best stories this season. After losing John Tavares to free agency, the Islanders managed to make the playoffs and outlast Tavares and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the process. The Hurricanes secured a spot and then took down the defending Cup champs. This one could go either way, but we’ll give the ever-so-slight edge to Carolina in seven games.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. BOSTON BRUINS
Game 1: Columbus at Boston – 7 p.m., Thursday, April 25
Game 2: Columbus at Boston – 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27
Game 3: Boston at Columbus – 7 p.m., Monday, April 29
Game 4: Boston at Columbus – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2
*Game 5: Columbus at Boston – 7:15 p.m., Saturday, May 4
*Game 6: Boston at Columbus – TBD, Monday, May 6
*Game 7: Columbus at Boston – TBD, Wednesday, May 8
Blue Jackets to win series: +125
Bruins to win series: -155
Pick: Blue Jackets in 6
The Blue Jackets pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Stanley Cup Playoff history, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning, making them the first team to ever do that to the Presidents’ Trophy winner in the first round. The Bruins just finished a seven-game battle against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The edge goes to the hot team playing with plenty of rest.
DALLAS STARS VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Game 1: Dallas at St. Louis – 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25
Game 2: Dallas at St. Louis – 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27
Game 3: St. Louis at Dallas – 8 p.m., Monday, April 29
Game 4: St. Louis at Dallas – 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1
*Game 5: Dallas at St. Louis – 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 3
*Game 6: St. Louis at Dallas – TBD, Sunday, May 5
*Game 7: Dallas at St. Louis – TBD, Tuesday, May 7
Stars to win series: +125
Blues to win series: -155
Pick: Blues in 5
Over the second half of the season, no team was hotter than the Blues. They went from last place in the NHL in January to easily securing a playoff berth, and they beat the Winnipeg Jets in six games in the first round. Dallas is coming off its own upset over the Nashville Predators, but taming the Blues will be a much tougher challenge.
COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS
Game 1: Colorado at San Jose – 10 p.m., Friday, April 26
Game 2: Colorado at San Jose – 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28
Game 3: San Jose at Colorado – 10 p.m., Tuesday, April 30
Game 4: San Jose at Colorado – 10 p.m., Thursday, May 2
*Game 5: Colorado at San Jose – TBD, Saturday, May 4
*Game 6: San Jose at Colorado – TBD, Monday, May 6
*Game 7: Colorado at San Jose – TBD, Wednesday, May 8
Avalanche to win series: +127
Sharks to win series: -157
Pick: Sharks in 7
It took an epic rally in Game 7 for the Sharks to cap off a 3-1 series comeback against the Vegas Golden Knights, which ended with an overtime win in that final game. The Avalanche cooled off the top-seeded Flames in the first round, needing just five games to advance. Still, the Sharks have been thought of as Stanley Cup contenders since the summer, and if there’s a blue line that can slow down Colorado’s top line of forwards, it’s the Sharks.
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