Updated Stanley Cup Betting Odds Under Revised NHL Playoff Format
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The past week has brought it a serious resurgence to rumors of the NHL’s return, and over the weekend it was confirmed that the NHLPA executive board had agreed to a revised, 24-team playoff structure for whenever (or if ever) the league returns this season.
Here’s the full format — 24 teams with 12 each in hub cities. The top four teams in each league will get a bye (though they’ll play a round robin to determine seeding). The other eight teams in each conference will play in a best-of-five qualifying series.
When and where these games will take place is still unknown, though we do know each conference will have a hub city.
As the first round unfolds, the four top seeds would also be playing one another. Those games would determine their seeds in the next round, while others have implied that the games’ sole purpose would be to keep the teams sharp.
And if none of that makes any sense, here’s a graphic from SportsNet that should help.
Again, this is a small first step in the process that would need to be completed for us to see the NHL’s return, but it’s more than enough of an excuse to revisit the current landscape of Stanley Cup betting odds.
Here’s the most recent update from FanDuel following today’s announcement.
2020 Stanley Cup Betting Odds
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+600|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+850|
|St. Louis Blues||+1000|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+3000|
|New York Islanders||+4200|
|New York Rangers||+4800|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+6500|