Opening Odds for All First-Round Playoff Matchups

On Tuesday the NHL presented their initial framework for the return to play and their plan for completion of the 2019-2020 season. The top four teams from each conference (based on points percentage) will advance to the playoffs, while the next eight teams from each conference will square-off in a qualifying round. The qualifying round will feature best-of-five series. Since the seeding is based off regular season points percentage, the matchups have already been set.

Here are the opening odds (moneyline) for the qualifying (play-in) round of the 2020 NHL Playoffs:

Both the Qualifying Round and the Seeding Round Robin will be held at two hub cities yet to be named. No firm return date has been established, but the goal is to begin training camps by mid-July.

It’s no surprise that the biggest favorite in the Qualifying Round is the Pittsburgh Penguins at -190. In the west, it’s the Edmonton Oilers who are the biggest favorites to advance to the next round. If you have a pick, how’s the time to place your wager, as these lines are sure to move over the next few weeks.

Eastern Conference 

  • Maple Leafs are favored (-160) over the Blue Jackets (+140)
  • Penguins are favored (-190) over the Montreal Canadiens (+170)
  • Hurricanes are favored (-150) over the New York Rangers (+130)
  • Panthers are favored (-120) over the New York Islanders (+100)

Western Conference

  • Winnipeg Jets (-110) are even with the Calgary Flames (-110)
  • Edmonton Oilers are favored (-150) over the Chicago Blackhawks (+130)
  • Nashville Predators (-125) are favored over the Arizona Coyotes (+105)
  • Vancouver Canucks are favored (-140) over the Minnesota Wild (+120)

(Moneyline definition – A team with a moneyline of -160 (favorite) means you would need to place $160 to win $100. A team with a moneyline of +170 (underdog) means you would win $170 for a $100 bet.)

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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