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  • Eastern Conference Odds & Qualifying Review
  • Western Conference Odds & Qualifying Review
  • Stanley Cup Playoff Odds & Futures

After a round of exhibition games and qualifying rounds, the top teams have been seeded and the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are set to begin on August 11—To prepare, we take a look at the Stanley Cup Playoff odds, props & futures to bet on ahead of the big tournament, and take a glimpse at where the Western and Eastern conference teams are ahead of Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Stanley Odds: Playoff Preparation

Western Conference

In an event that was surprising to some, the Blackhawks defeated the Oilers 3-2 in Game 4, and have moved onto the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They’ll face off against the Vegas Golden Knights, who defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 to earn the Number 1 seed.

When the Blackhawks took Game 3 it was fairly unexpected, although odds favored both them and the Oilers to win equally at -110. The Blackhawks have three previous Stanley Cup winners on their team, Toews, Kane and Keith, while the Knights reached the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals.

Odds favor the Knights to win the Western Conference overall at +225, while the Blackhawks are the underdogs at +1500 — If this is any indication of who will win this first game, it’s safe to say it’d be a longshot for the Blackhawks to take this one, or a great payout if they do.

The Colorado Avalanche are just behind the Knights, favored to win the Western Conference at +250, with 94 overall points this season, while the Knights have 86 points. Colorado will face off against the Coyotes, and are likely to work towards another upset – However, having lost the Number One seed in the West and just barely pulling a victory against the Blues at 2-1, could he Coyotes secure a win? Time will tell.

The Dallas Stars (the Number 3 Western seed) will play the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Playoffs for the Western Conference, in their first ever game against each other. In a quote to the NHL, Stars coach Rick Bownes said of the opposing team, “They’re playing very, very well right now… They’re getting the goal-tending, they’re getting timely goals. They played Winnipeg, a team that was beat up, obviously with some key injuries, but they’re a very confident team right now and they’ve got some very dangerous players, and they’ve got some elite defensemen back there that play big minutes. We know we have a very, very tough opponent coming into this. We have a ton of respect for that team. We’ll be ready for them.”

When it comes to the Canucks, they’re facing off against the St. Louis Blues, last seasons’ Stanley Cup winners. Although the Blues are also favored to win over the Canucks, the Canucks swept in to upset their last 3 games, winning all three and beating the Minnesota Wild who were on top before the league was postponed mid-March—There could be a fourth upset on the menu, especially with the Blues’ coach complementing the Canucks’ power, speed & offense.

Western Conference Winner Odds

Here are the Western Conference Winner Odds via Bovada and BetOnline:

Western Conference Winners: Odds
Bovada Odds BetOnline Odds
Vegas Golden Knights +225 Colorado Avalanche +250
Colorado Avalanche +250 Vegas Golden Knights +250
St. Louis Blues +550 St. Louis Blues +425
Dallas Stars +650 Dallas Stars +900
Calgary Flames +900 Calgary Flames +1200
Vancouver Canucks +1000 Vancouver Canucks +1200
Arizona Coyotes +1400 Chicago Blackhawks +1500
Chicago Blackhawks +1500 Arizona Coyotes +2000
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The Vancouver Canucks celebrate their 5-4 win on a goal by Christopher Tane in overtime against the Wild.

Eastern Conference

When it comes to the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning have 92 points vs Boston’s 100, but they’re still a favored winner, and only one win behind Tampa.

Speaking of Boston, they’ll play the Hurricanes on Tuesday, August 11. Although the Bruins are the Number 1 seed, the Hurricanes played a strong game against the New York Rangers—Could this be a sign of things to come?

Forward Warren Foegele said, “I just think for our group, since we’re pretty young, last year was a huge step for all of us that haven’t experienced the playoffs… Just having that experience and everyone just growing their game will be a lot better for our group. Yeah, there is some familiarity there [against the Bruins], but at the same time we’re just focused on ourselves to try to take the experience we gained and apply it to the next round.”

The Blue Jackets will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference—The Blue Jackets’ are coming in with 43 wins for the Lightnings’ 33, and fresh off defeating the Maple Leafs.

The Montreal Canadiens are the clear underdogs, but don’t count them out just yet—Though they’re the lowest seeding in the conference, they’ve pulled a couple surprising upsets since qualifying matches begun, most notably against the Pittsburgh Penguins who were seeded fifth.

Eastern Conference Winner Odds

Here are the Eastern Conference Winner Odds via Bovada and BetOnline:

Eastern Conference Winners: Odds
Bovada Odds BetOnline Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning +350 Philadelphia Flyers +275
Philadelphia Flyers +375 Tampa Bay Lightning +325
Boston Bruins +400 Boston Bruins +450
Washington Capitals +500 Carolina Hurricanes +750
Carolina Hurricans +600 Washington Capitals +750
New York Islanders +800 New York Islanders +1200
Columbus Blue Jackets +1200 Columbus Blue Jackets +1500
Montreal Canadiens +1500 Montreal Canadiens +1500

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Futures: Who will win the Stanley Cup?

So, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are just beginning, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have odds for the Cup winner.

Here are the odds whipped up from our friends at Bovada and BetOnline for who’s favored to win the Stanley Cup:

Bovada Odds BetOnline Odds
Colorado Avalanche +550 Colorado Avalanche +500
Vegas Golden Knights +550 Philadelphia Flyers +550
Philadelphia Flyers +600 Tampa Bay Lightning +650
Tampa Bay Lightning +650 Vegas Golden Knights +650
Boston Bruins +750 Boston Bruins +900
St. Louis Blues +1100 St. Louis Blues +1200
Washington Capitals +1100 Carolina Hurricanes +1400
Carolina Hurricanes +1200 Washington Capitals +1400
Dallas Stars +1400 Dallas Stars +1800
Calgary Flames +1800 Calgary Flames +2200
New York Islanders +1800 Chicago Blackhawks +2500
Vancouver Canucks +2000 New York Islanders +2500
Columbus Blue Jackets +2500 Vancouver Canucks +2500
Chicago Blackhawks +2800 Columbus Blue Jackets +3000
Montreal Canadiens +3000 Montreal Canadiens +3000
Arizona Coyotes +3300 Arizona Coyotes +4000

Veronica Taylor

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