The Golden Knights needed extra time to register a 4-3 win over Colorado and remain unbeaten in last week’s round robin. Now established as the No.1 seed in the West, Vegas is also listed as a heavy chalk -275 on NHL playoff prizes as they prepare to face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their best of seven sets on Tuesday night at Rogers Place.
Vegas ended the regular season on a strong note, going 15-5-2 in their last 22 games to win the Pacific Division title. The club kept that momentum going in the round robin, averaging five goals per game while compiling a perfect 3-0-0 record.
The West’s top performing team during the regular season, Colorado took advantage of the recent long layoff, which gave key members like Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar enough time to regain. health. However, the Avalanche have work to do to overcome a dismal recent playoff record that has kept them from making it through the second round in eight appearances since 2002.
After an impressive performance in the Eastern Conference round robin, the Philadelphia Flyers closely follow the favorites with a +600 bet on Stanley Cup futures on online betting sites, just ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning at +650, and the Boston Bruins at +750.
The Calgary Flames lead among the three remaining Canadian clubs, at +1800 odds, while the Vancouver Canucks are set at +2000, and the surprising Montreal Canadiens sit near the bottom of futures contracts. NHL day at +3000.
The Flames secured their ticket to a first-round game with the Dallas Stars by knocking out the injury-injured Winnipeg Jets in four games in the qualifying series. Calgary has a lot to prove after suffering first-round losses in six of its last seven playoff appearances, and faces an uphill battle after scoring victories in just two of the team’s last nine meetings with the Stars. .
The Canucks have passed the Minnesota Wild in four games in their qualifying round series, and now face the St. Louis Blues, who come out of the round robin with a +1100 bet on the NHL’s odds to win. repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The Canadians unexpectedly secured a first-round berth by knocking out the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games, but they’ll have a mountain to climb in their first-round game with the Scorching Flyers.