NHL Betting: Playoffs, Highlights, Favorites, Underdogs

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 10, 2020 in

After an eight-day whirlwind of NHL action, we have finally solved the mystery of who would be playing in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After seeds 5-12 in each conference played a best-of-five series to advance to the first round, and the top four seeds in each conference played a round robin tourney of their own for seeding purposes, we have our matchups set. Let’s take a closer look at the NHL playoff matches so you can bet on their odds to win the Stanley Cup.

NHL Betting: Playoffs, Highlights, Favorites, Underdogs

After finishing undefeated in the Eastern Conference pool play, the Philadelphia Flyers own the #1 seed in the East. Also going undefeated in pool play, was the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who will carry the top seed into the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. These will all be best-of-seven series, so we’ll be in for some great playoff action.

In the Western Conference playoffs, which will be played in Edmonton, the #2 seeded Colorado Avalanche will take on the #7 Phoenix Coyotes. The third seeded Dallas Stars will battle against the sixth seeded Calgary Flames, and in the #4 vs. #5 matchup, the St. Louis Blues will take on the Vancouver Canucks.

In Toronto, the Eastern Conference playoffs will resume, with the #2 seeded Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the 7th seeded Columbus Blue Jackets. The # 3 seed, the Washington Capitals will tangle with the #6 seeded New York Islanders, and the #4 seed, the Boston Bruins will face off against the #5 seed, the Carolina Hurricanes.

In the East, the top-seed Philadelphia Flyers are coming in hot. After going undefeated in the pool play format tournament, outsourcing their opponents 11-3, the Flyers are the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference. Goaltender Carter Hart has been outstanding. The rookie will be making his first career playoff start. Will nerves get to the youngster, or will he remain rock solid?

Out West, the Las Vegas Golden Knights own the top seed. They will take on the upstart Chicago Blackhawks, who have been on an offensive tear since the August 1st restart. We could see a very high scoring series, as the Vegas goaltending has been very suspect, and Chicago’s defense has been atrocious. This could be fun to watch if you enjoy offensive hockey.

A team to watch out West will be the Dallas Stars. Dallas is a very hard-nosed group, and plays some of the best defensive hockey in the league. They have a very good goaltending duo, and will frustrate their opponents. Their offense hasn’t been stellar, but if they turn it up in the playoffs, they could be the team to beat out West.

In the East, a team to watch is the Columbus Blue Jackets. They say that defense wins championships, and Columbus has an excellent defense. During the regular season, they had injury issues, but now that they’re nearly back to full strength, they could make a run at the cup.

The round of 16 always has a few surprises, so anything could happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. We should see some great hockey ahead, and we’re bound to have an upset or two. This should be a great final few weeks to the season!