Monday’s 5 Most Popular NHL Playoff Picks: Lightning Moneyline, Blues vs. Wild Over, More (May 2)

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It's officially the start of the NHL postseason, folks. Let's get to betting.

Monday's four-game board features a pair of games from each conference. The Bruins and Hurricanes meet in the early window, as do the Lightning and Maple Leafs.

Later tonight, the puck drops in the Western Conference for Blues vs. Wild and Kings vs. Oilers.

Using our public data trackers, these sides and totals are the most popular ahead of the first NHL playoff slate.

*Odds and public betting trends data as of Monday afternoon. Find real-time NHL odds here.

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5 Most Popular Bets for Monday NHL

1. Oilers (-190) vs. Kings

10 p.m. ET

The Oilers are the top side in our database Monday, attracting two-thirds of the overall moneyline tickets (you can see all the public betting data here).

The Kings have historically struggled in Edmonton, winning just once over the last seven meetings.

2. Lightning (+105) vs. Maple Leafs

7:30 p.m. ET

Bettors don't mind grabbing the back-to-back reigning champs at plus-money.

The Lightning are the only other team Monday pulling in at least six of every 10 tickets straight-up, at precisely 60%.

3. Hurricanes (-120) vs. Bruins

7:05 p.m. ET

Carolina finished the regular season on a high note, rattling off six straight wins.

The public's riding the wave, with 58% of the ticket support on the Canes in Game 1.

4. Wild (-125) vs. Blues, Over 6

9:30 p.m. ET

The final side with unbalanced action is Minnesota, albeit slightly; we've tracked 56% of the bets on the Wild as short favorites against the Blues.

The total is also shaping up for some lopsided action, with 59% of tickets on over 6 goals – the most of any game Monday.

St. Louis and Minnesota have cashed four straight overs in the head-to-head series and seven of the last eight across the last year-plus.

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