NHL Playoff Series Betting Odds: Opening Prices for All 12 First Round Matchups
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We’re still quite a ways from an actual return to the NHL season, but that’s not to say that progress isn’t being made. At least now we know what the potential return would look like …
On Tuesday afternoon, the NHL unveiled its revised 24-team playoff structure, allowing 12 teams into the playoffs per conference (based on points percentage), with the top four teams in each receiving byes to the second round.
Under the revised format, the No. 5 seeds will be matched up against the No. 12, No. 6 will play No. 11, and so on, to determine the four teams that will move on to play their respective top-seeded team waiting for them. Those first round “play-in” series will all be best-of-five.
Unclear at the moment is where these games will take place, but the league did say that each conference will play all of its games in a single “hub” city.
While the first round is taking place, the top four teams in each respective conference will be playing against one another in a round robin to determine seeding of their own, though the details on that structure are still a bit fuzzy.
In any case, though, the first-round series matchups — should they actually come to life at some point — are set.
Below you’ll find each one, along with series prices from DraftKings.
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NHL Playoffs First Round Series Odds
|Blue Jackets odds||+127|
|Maple Leafs odds||-157|