Last Updated on July 31, 2020

Betting splits for the NHL’s Qualifying Round are all over the place. There’s plenty of uncertainty heading into the NHL’s restart given the long layoff, the volatility of a five-game series, and the possibility of key players going down with coronavirus.

As a result, betting on these series is a risky proposition, but there are some eye-opening trends in regards to the NHL betting splits, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

Heavy On The Favorites

Bettors are almost literally “all-in” on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the qualifying round. Pittsburgh is garnering 97% of all tickets placed on the series and a whopping 98% of the handle. The public is avoiding the Montreal Canadiens like the plague.

This makes sense considering the Penguins are seen as a viable Stanley Cup contender while the Canadiens were struggling just prior to the shutdown. Montreal only won four of their last 14 games and secured 10 out of a possible 28 points. The Pens also struggled down the stretch, but their overall body of work from the 2019-20 regular season has bettors confident going into this five-game series.

 

 

Going Big On The Underdog

While the Penguins are the only favorite to see a jaw-dropping split in their favor, bettors are going big on a few underdogs. For one, the New York Rangers are pulling in 73% of tickets ahead of their series against the Carolina Hurricanes. But that’s not all, New York accounts for 86% of all cash put down on the series.

The Winnipeg Jets (69%) is another underdog who is raking in the vast majority of cash put down on its respective series as well.

Odds and splits via DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

NHL Qualifying Round Betting Splits

Teams Odds % Handle % Bets
(5) Penguins -235 99% 97%
(12) Canadiens +185 1% 3%
(6) Hurricanes -136 14% 27%
(11) Rangers +110 86% 73%
(7) Islanders -122 63% 63%
(10) Panthers +100 37% 37%
(8) Maple Leafs -182 68% 64%
(9) Blue Jackets +148 32% 36%
(5) Oilers -200 86% 81%
(12) Blackhawks +160 14% 19%
(6) Predators -139 71% 67%
(11) Coyotes +115 29% 33%
(7) Canucks -121 76% 63%
(10) Wild +100 24% 37%
(8) Flames -132 31% 39%
(9) Jets +105 69%

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