A First Look At NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Opening Series Prices

After Tuesday night, we now know the 16 NHL teams that will be competing in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and that’s allowed oddsmakers to open some betting lines for the first round of the playoffs which will begin on Saturday.

The field is completely set in the Eastern Conference despite two more days of regular season action to be played, and we also know all eight teams that will be competing in the Western Conference, although some seeding implications need to be decided in the coming days before most of those matchups are set in stone.

Series price: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

BOS -120
TOR +100

Let’s take a look at the opening series prices for the matchups that are already determined:

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers (M1) vs. Washington Capitals (WC2)

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The Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy for having the best regular-season record and they’ll have home-ice advantage in this best-of-seven series as a result of their superior record. The teams split the four previous meetings this season, with the home team taking each matchup and they played to a combined 1-3 over/under record in those contests.

Florida Panthers (A1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (WC1)

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The Panthers will have home-ice advantage in this battle of Florida series after clinching the Atlantic Division. They took two of the three meetings during the regular season, outscoring the Lightning 15-9 over the three-game span while combining for a 2-1 over/under mark.

Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)

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Maple Leafs+100+105+105

This series should be incredible, with these Original Six rivals meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 2019 when the Bruins overcame a 3-2 series deficit in the opening round to break the hearts of Leafs fans in Game 7. Boston took all four meetings this season, but two of those games needed extra time to be decided. Three of those four games were played under the total. The Bruins have won each of the last six playoff series vs. the Maple Leafs dating back to 1969.

Carolina Hurricanes (M2) vs. New York Islanders (M3)

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These two teams split their four previous meetings this season, with the road team taking each matchup and two of those contests required extra time to be decided. Three of the four games were played over the total.

Western Conference

Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs. Colorado Avalance (C3)

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The Jets have taken all three meetings with the Avs this season by a combined score of 17-4 but they still find themselves as underdogs in this series. And these teams just met last Saturday when Winnipeg delivered a 7-0 thumping. Two of the three meetings played over the total.

We won’t know the full slate of series matchups in the West until late Thursday night as the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings are still battling for the No. 3 seed in the Pacific Division. The Nashville Predators are locked into the first wild-card position, but it’s still uncertain whether they’ll play the Dallas Stars or Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.

Stanley Cup Outright odds

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Edmonton Oilers+800+650+700
Carolina Hurricanes+650+700+700
New York Rangers+800+700+700
Dallas Stars+750+800+750
Boston Bruins+1100+800+800
Florida Panthers+700+850+850
Colorado Avalanche+800+900+900
Vancouver Canucks+1500+1000+1000
Winnipeg Jets+1500+1000+1000
Vegas Golden Knights+1200+1100+1100
Toronto Maple Leafs+1400+1400+1500
Tampa Bay Lightning+2500+2200+2200
Nashville Predators+4000+2500+2500
Los Angeles Kings+2500+2800+2800
New York Islanders+5000+4000+4000
Washington Capitals+12500+10000+10000