NHL 24 Team Plan Set and Approved with Matchup Odds Posted

NHL 24 Team Plan Set and Approved with Matchup Odds Posted

June 1st, 2020 NHL Hockey, Offshore Betting

A clear difference has been set between the National Hockey League compared to its sporting cousins. Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association continue to drag their feet on return plans. NHL fans can boast that their league has delivered the goods. While there is still much to accomplish the NHL has an approved return format. Players and owners have signed off on a 24-team playoff format. Most important of all matchups are set with the NHL odds. Locations are to be determined. The first-round series is the best of five. Subsequently, all other series will be best of seven.

Eastern Conference Seedings and Matchups

First Round Byes: 1-Boston Bruins 2-Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-Washington Capitals, 4-Philadelphia Flyers

TeamOdds
5-Pittsburgh Penguins-205
12-Montreal Canadiens+175

 

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Montreal did little to distinguish itself in the regular season. Of great concern is the offshore betting price on superior Pittsburgh in a short series. Still, a Canadiens win has to be seen as a reach. After all Montreal’s metrics were bad in every aspect of the game.

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6-Carolina Hurricanes-140
11-New York Rangers+120

 

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At the time of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Rangers were one of the NHL’s most improved teams. Counter to that is a Hurricanes team that showed far greater balance. New York’s back end and goaltending remain a weakness.

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7-New York Islanders-120
10-Florida Panthers +100

 

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Florida is one of the most inconsistent and frustrating teams in the NHL. Despite that fact, the Panthers boast skill and offensive ability. New York has a severe lack of offensive firepower. Additionally, the Islanders were not in good form when the shutdown began. Coach Barry Trotz’s Isles do boast strong defense and structure.

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8-Toronto Maple Leafs-160
9-Columbus Blue Jackets+140

 

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Toronto has as much skill and offensive firepower as any team in hockey. By contrast, the Blue Jackets are the ultimate blue-collar lunch bucket team. Columbus may have the advantage in that playoff hockey is as much about grit as dexterity.

Western Conference Seedings and Matchups

First Round Byes: 1-St. Louis Blues, 2-Colorado Avalanche, 3-Vegas Golden Knights, 4-Dallas Stars

teamOdds
5-Edmonton Oilers-160
12-Chicago Blackhawks+140

 

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Edmonton boasts the best player in the game with Connor McDavid. Chicago is a mere shell of their former championship glory. In view of Edmonton’s depth is a clear advantage with the NHL odds.

TeamOdds
6-Nashville Predators-140
11-Arizona Coyotes+120

 

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In this situation, we have two of the pluckiest teams in hockey. Granted the Predators have a better recent history. But neither team could maintain a foothold of consistent success. This may be the most difficult first-round series of all to handicap. Therefore, it has the potential to be highly entertaining.

TeamOdds
7-Vancouver Canucks-130
10-Minnesota Wild+110

 

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New interim head coach Dean Evason had the Wild playing its best hockey of the season when play stopped. In contrast, the Canucks were sliding badly after a hot start and the first half of the season. Neither team is dominant. As a consequence, late form points to a Minnesota edge.

TeamOdds
8-Calgary Flames-120
9-Winnipeg Jets+100

 

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By reason of their metrics does the Flames record look deceiving. Calgary seems to defy gravity and exceed its ability. Winnipeg was once one of the top goal-scoring teams in the NHL. Eventually, their offense has dried up making them another inconsistent club. In comparison to Calgary, the Jets may have a deeper lineup.

NHL First Round Best Bets: Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders

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