NHL Picks 2022: Can Stanley Cup Playoff-Bound New York Rangers End Season on High Note?

NHL Picks 2022: Can Stanley Cup Playoff-Bound New York Rangers End Season on High Note?

Check out our best NHL bets ahead of all the action on Friday, April 29.

Welcome to the time of year in which betting odds for NHL hockey are a little all over the place. Veteran NHL fans know exactly what we're talking about. The playoff field is just about set, except for a few seeding battles going on. The rest of the league already knows their season is done. Teams with set playoff matchups and seeds are resting players.

Amid all this uncertainty, focus tends to shift toward betting odds on the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. Those lines, believe it or not, are easier to digest because they don't have as many ambiguous factors at play. But don't be so quick to write off the rest of the regular season. As we head into a loaded schedule on Friday, April 29, there is plenty of value to be mined from all of the games left on tap.

Don't worry. We're getting into it all without our latest 2022 NHL picks. First, however, we need to go over the NHL betting odds for all of the games taking place on Friday night:

Florida Panthers-280+225Montreal Canadiens
Pittburgh Penguins-330+255Columbus Blue Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs130+105Boston Bruins
New York Rangers-115-105Washington Capitals
Buffalo Sabres-130+110Chicago Blackhawks
New Jersey Devils-155+135Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers-125+105Ottawa Senators
Calgary Flames-170+140Winnipeg Jets
St. Louis Blues-190+160Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado Avalanche-135+110Minnesota Wild
Dallas Stars-235+190Anaheim Ducks
Edmonton Oilers-185+155Vancouver Canucks
Seattle Kraken-120+100San Jose Sharks
Nashville Predators-280+225Arizona Coyotes

Indeed, many bigger-picture questions can be answered by tracking what we see to close out the regular season. Can the New York Rangers finish on a high note and prove they're Stanley Cup sleepers? Will the Pittsburgh Penguins fend off a last-minute push from the Washington Capitals for a higher playoff seed? Who will finish with the second-best record in the Western Conference: The Calgary Flames or Minnesota Wild?

Remember to always double-check these odds on the NHL if you aren't placing your wager right away. Though single game lines don't typically move that much, the end of the season is always an exception. Odds on the NHL will shift drastically if news breaks that certain teams are resting select players.

With the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs right around the corner, you should also make it a priority to check out our online sportsbooks reviews. We've made them to help you spot the best hockey betting sites in 2022.

Will the Rangers Finish Their Season on a High Note?

It initially looked like the Rangers would give the Carolina Hurricanes a run for their money atop the Metropolitan Division. That isn't the case anymore.

New York has lost three straight, during which time they have shown regression on both sides of the ice. The good news: This team still has all the talent to shut down opposing offenses on defense. Even better news: They usually get up for games against opponents on a similar level, and the Capitals are exactly that.

OSB Prediction: New York Rangers (-115)

New York Rangers To beat the Washington Capitals

Pittsburgh will Solidify Playoff Positioning vs. Columbus

The Penguins will be thrilled if our Rangers over Capitals prediction pans out.

Despite boasting a much better point differential overall, Pittsburgh leads Washington by just one point for third place in the Metropolitan Division. While this doesn't sound like a huge deal, it's actually massive.

Whichever team finishes with the better record will have a more favorable path through the postseason. And given how much more consistent the Penguins have been on defense, as well as the fact they get to face a bad team in the Columbus Blue Jackets, we're inclined to favor them.

OSB Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins (-330)

Pittsburgh Penguins To beat the Columbus Blue Jackets

Minnesota Needs an Upset Against Colorado

The Wild and Flames are currently tied for the second-best record in the Western Conference. A win from either of them will go a long way toward determining who gets that spot and the rosier playoff bracket.

This does not bode well for Minnesota. They have pulled a matchup against the NHL-best Colorado Avalanche. And while Colorado doesn't technically have anything left to play for, having clinched the conference's best record, it hasn't stopped them from performing like one of the league's top road teams in recent weeks.

OSB Prediction: Colorado Avalanche (-135)

Colorado Avalanche To beat the Minnesota Wild

Calgary Can Wrap Up Second Place in the West with Win Over Winnipeg

If we assume the Wild will lose to the Avalanche, it opens a window of opportunity for the Flames. And we expect Calgary to blow right through it.

The Flames went nine straight games without suffering a loss (seven wins, two ties) before their most recent letdown. They have not taken their foot of the gas whatsoever. There's no reason to think they'll start now.

OSB Prediction: Calgary Flames (-170)

Calgary Flames To beat the Winnipeg Jets

Nashville will Get a Boost from Victory vs. Phoenix Coyotes

While the Nashville Predators already edged out the Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks for one of the final wild card spots in the West, they have the chance to get a leg up on the Dallas Stars, the other team that just slid into the wild card.

Many have lowered their expectations for Nashville following a midseason malaise. We're in a different camp. The Predators have often looked like one of the best two-way teams in the business—and that includes over the past month or so.

If that's not enough to sway you, their opponent should be. The Phoenix Coyotes currently rates as the NHL's worst team.

OSB Prediction: Nashville Predators (-280)

Nashville Predators To beat the Phoenix Coyotes

Take a look at this list of the top online sportsbooks so you can decide which one to use for all of your NHL betting:

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Dan Favale

Dan is a sports betting writer who can tackle any topic from presidential elections to changes in the sports betting legislation federally and on the state level. He also writes picks for NFL.