Updated Stanley Cup Betting Odds Under Revised NHL Playoff Format

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May 26, 2020, 02:05 PM EDT

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.


Odds as of Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. ET and via FanDuel. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.


2020 Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Team Odds
Boston Bruins +600
Tampa Bay Lightning +600
Colorado Avalanche +750
Vegas Golden Knights +850
Washington Capitals +900
St. Louis Blues +1000
Philadelphia Flyers +1100
Dallas Stars +1500
Pittsburgh Penguins +2000
Edmonton Oilers +2300
Toronto Maple Leafs +3000
Calgary Flames +3500
Vancouver Canucks +3500
Minnesota Wild +4000
Carolina Hurricanes +4200
Nashville Predators +4200
New York Islanders +4200
Arizona Coyotes +4500
New York Rangers +4800
Winnipeg Jets +5500
Columbus Blue Jackets +6500
Florida Panthers +6500
Chicago Blackhawks +10000
Montreal Canadiens +10000

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