NHL Parlay & SGP Picks: Odds and Predictions for Monday's Playoff Games

The Oilers get another postseason run underway tonight and with a struggling goalie on the other side, we expect the offense to feast. Read more in our NHL parlay and same-game parlay picks for Monday, April 22 below.

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Tony Sartori • Betting Analyst
Apr 22, 2024 • 13:18 ET • 4 min read
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With a solid four-game slate of playoff hockey on Monday evening, there's an abundance of NHL odds to choose from.

I’ve compiled my best two parlays for today’s action. As always, make sure you shop around and look for the best prices as these are rapidly changing markets that see a lot of action ahead of puck drop.

Here are my free NHL picks for Monday, April 22.

NHL playoffs parlay picks April 22

Best NHL parlay picks for Monday

NHL parlay pick 1

Bruins moneyline

Jake DeBrusk anytime goalscorer

Islanders-Hurricanes Under 5.5

Kicking off Monday’s NHL slate is Game 2 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. Boston dominated in Game 1 en route to a 5-1 victory and I believe we're in for a similar result on Monday.

The most noticeable difference between these teams was the play at the blue line, and I think that's going to be a major problem for Toronto moving forward.

It will be tough to keep pace against Jeremy Swayman if the Maple Leafs defense is as sloppy as it was in Game 1. Swayman is now 5-0 over his last five starts against the Leafs with a commanding .933 SV% and 1.79 GAA.

If we're backing the Bruins to take care of business once again, we obviously need someone to find the back of the net. After how he looked in Game 1, there's probably no better candidate than forward Jake DeBrusk, who's coming off a two-goal and three-point performance.

Both of those goals came on the power play, which we knew would be an issue for Toronto as they finished the regular season ranked in the Bottom 10 of the league in penalty minutes taken per game and penalty kill percentage. Not that the Leafs are any better at even-strength, ranking 25th in expected goals against per 60 minutes (xGA/60) at 5-on-5.

The other early-window game of Monday’s NHL slate features Game 2 between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes. Goaltending was the story of Game 1, a trend likely to continue in Game 2 in the Semyon Varlamov vs. Frederik Andersen matchup.

Andersen's gone nuclear since returning from injury, allowing two or fewer goals in 10 of his past 11 starts. He's 10-1 over that stretch with a stellar .954 SV% and 1.28 GAA.

Meanwhile, Varlamov has also allowed two or fewer goals in each of his past five outings, posting a 4-1 record with a .949 SV% and 1.40 GAA in the process.

NHL parlay pick 2

Stars moneyline

Zach Hyman anytime goalscorer

Leon Draisaitl anytime goalscorer

The Dallas Stars kick off the late window on Monday in Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights. While Vegas is the defending Cup champion, Dallas is the stronger team across the board.

It outranked the Knights in goals scored per game, shots on goal per game, power-play percentage, shooting percentage, faceoff percentage, goals allowed per game, shots on goal allowed per game, penalty kill percentage, and penalty minutes taken per game.

That's essentially every major statistic in hockey, but the Stars are also the better team analytically as they rank higher in expected goals for per 60 minutes (xGF/60), xGA/60, and expected goal differential per 60 minutes. I also trust Dallas goaltender Jake Oettinger more than Logan Thompson, but that matchup is closer.

Monday’s NHL nightcap features the Edmonton Oilers hosting the Los Angeles Kings in another Game 1. Goaltender Cam Talbot is slated to guard the cage for Los Angeles, and he ended the regular season in poor form as he allowed 3+ goals in six of his final eight starts.

Over that stretch, Talbot posted a fade-worthy .889 SV%. That's good news for goal scorers like Zach Hyman and Leon Draisaitl, who were first and second, respectively, on the team in goals.

Draisaitl's torched the Kings over the past couple of years, scoring 10 goals over the past 11 meetings. Meanwhile, Hyman skates with Connor McDavid, which means he's practically guaranteed a few high-danger scoring chances.

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Today's NHL same-game parlay picks

Our betting experts have scoured through today's NHL odds to find your best SGP bets for each of the four Game 1s on Sunday's playoff slate: 

Maple Leafs vs Bruins same-game parlay (SGP)

Auston Matthews anytime goalscorer

Leafs to score first

Leafs Over 2.5 goals

The first goal of the game will be crucial for the Leafs, and I expect them to start out hot again, but this time, find the back of the net first. Toronto scored first in 58% of its games this season.

For my final leg, I like the Leafs to go Over their team total of 2.5 goals. Toronto boasted the league's best road offense this year, averaging 3.59 goals per game. Plus, Toronto generated a lot of quality chances on Saturday night with 4.54 expected goals. Tonight, it'll convert more on those chances. 

Read Mike DiStefano's full Maple Leafs vs. Bruins predictions.

Capitals vs Rangers same-game parlay (SGP)

Brady Skjei Over 0.5 assists

Hurricanes moneyline

Under 5.5

Game 2 may not be all that different from Game 1. The Hurricanes and Islanders are both defensive teams with great goaltending between the pipes.

The Isles had trouble solving Frederik Andersen, who finished the season on a 9-0-1 stretch with just 12 goals allowed since returning from injury.

Read Ryan Glbert's full Islanders vs. Hurricanes predictions.

Golden Knights vs Stars same-game parlay (SGP)

Stars moneyline

Jason Robertson Over 0.5 points

Jack Eichel anytime goalscorer

While Dallas’ offense comes from all angles, placing Jason Robertson into a same-game parlay feels like the safest choice. Robertson came nowhere near his career-best season a year ago but still led the team in scoring with 80 points.

He’s a proven playoff performer: In Dallas’ run to the conference finals a year ago, he picked up seven goals and 18 points in 19 games, including Game 1 goals against both the Wild and Golden Knights.

On the Vegas side, Jack Eichel enters on a great scoring run to end the regular season. He capped it with a goal against Anaheim, giving him points in 13 of his final 16 games, which includes 10 goals.

He had a goal and a couple of assists in three games against the Stars this year and should find his way onto the scoresheet in Game 1.

Read Eric Rosales'  full Golden Knights vs. Stars predictions.

Kings vs Oilers same-game parlay (SGP)

Oilers moneyline

Under 6.5

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins anytime goalscorer

While L.A. spreading the wealth across four lines will limit its offensive upside, it should help the Kings mitigate the last-change advantage of the Oilers. Additionally, these were both excellent defensive clubs and ranked third (Kings, 2.56) and 10th (Oilers, 2.88) goals per game, respectively.

The Kings don’t want to turn this into an offensive track meet and they have the personnel to slow this game down and limit Edmonton’s quality scoring chances.

I’m targeting Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to score because he has positive regression ahead when looking at his shooting percentage.

He posted a 3.6% mark and only scored twice across his final 25 games of the season. After finding the back of the net 37 times with an 18.4 SH% last year, he scored 18 times with a 9.8 SH% in 2023-24.

Read Neil Parker's full Kings vs. Oilers predictions.

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