NHL Betting: What’s At Stake With The No. 1 Seed?

Written By Esten McLaren on July 15, 2020
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The National Hockey League is set to resume the 2019-20 season starting Aug. 1, with a 24-team playoff. Toronto and Edmonton are expected to serve as hub cities for the Eastern and Western Conference teams, respectively, before the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final shift to Edmonton.

At TheLines, we’ve looked at Stanley Cup futures betting odds and the odds for each qualification series. Below, we’ll focus on the top four teams from each conference based on win percentage. They received a bye from the qualification round and will instead compete in a three-game round robin for seeding once the standard four-round, best-of-seven NHL playoff format begins in mid-August. Here we look at the DraftKings Sportsbook odds of each team securing the No. 1 playoff seed, as well as their Stanley Cup futures betting odds.

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NHL round robin tournament schedule

Eastern Conference

  • Aug. 2: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • Aug. 3: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals
  • Aug. 5: Bruins vs. Lightning
  • Aug. 6: Flyers vs. Capitals
  • Aug. 8: Capitals vs. Bruins
  • Aug. 9: Lightning vs. Flyers

Western Conference

  • Aug. 2: Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
  • Aug. 3: Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Dallas Stars
  • Aug. 5: Stars vs. Avalanche
  • Aug. 6: Blues vs. Golden Knights
  • Aug. 8: Avalanche vs. Golden Knights
  • Aug. 9: Blues vs. Stars

NHL round-robin betting odds: Eastern Conference No. 1 seed

Bruins +140

The Bruins are favored to remain atop the Eastern Conference after “finishing” the regular season with a 44-14-12 record and .714 win percentage through 70 games. They even had some bad luck with an 0-7 shootout record. They’re co-favorites for the Cup at +650 and +300 to represent the Eastern Conference.

Lightning +185

The Lightning share odds with the Bruins to win the Eastern Conference and the Stanley Cup but are +185 to secure the No. 1 seed for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Lightning scored a league-high 245 goals in 70 games. Their 195 goals allowed ranked third among all teams in the East with 70 games played. They stumbled into the break with a 3-6-1 record over their final 10 games, but C Steven Stamkos is expected to be ready for the restart.

Flyers +550

The Flyers check-in at +1000 for the Stanley Cup and +550 to win the East. Their .645 win percentage through 69 games (41-21-7) ranked fourth in the conference, but they were one of the hottest teams entering the break with a 9-1-0 record over their final 10 games.

Capitals +550

The Capitals share all futures odds with the Flyers as the third favorites in the East. They went 41-20-8 over 69 games for a .652 win percentage with 240 goals scored and 215 allowed. The 2018 Stanley Cup champs still have one of the league’s most talented rosters.

NHL round robin betting odds: Western Conference No. 1 seed

Blues +175

The reigning cup champs stand to benefit from the prolonged midseason pause after their short 2019 offseason. They went 8-2-0 across their final 10 games and finished two points ahead of the Avalanche. Despite being favored to win the No. 1 seed, both the Avalanche and Golden Knights have lower odds to win the Cup and Western Conference.

Avalanche +225

The Avalanche scored more goals than the Blues with fewer goals allowed, as they finished with a plus-46 goal differential in 70 games. They’re expected to be at full health by the time play resumes after entering the break as one of the league’s most injury-ravaged teams.

Golden Knights +300

The Knights enter this modified postseason as the Western Conference’s third seed with a regular-season win percentage of .606 (39-24-8) through 71 games. They jump over the Blues and Avalanche as the favorites to win the Western Conference at +300, and they trail only the Bruins and Lightning at +800 to win the Cup.

Stars +550

The Stars finished the regular season with one less point in two fewer games played than the Edmonton Oilers, but they received the bye on account of their superior .594 win percentage. The Oilers will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the qualification round. Dallas ranks eighth among all teams with a bye at +1500 to win the Cup.

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