The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are finally here. After fans were treated to an appetizer of sorts with the Round Robin games and Qualifying Round series, now the real thing starts. The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs starts on Tuesday afternoon with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning.

In that series, a large percentage of the money is on the Tampa Bay Lightning, 74% to be exact. However, the Columbus Blue Jackets entered the Qualifying Round as underdogs and were able to hold off the superstar-laden Toronto Maple Leafs. They’ll look to do the same in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Get ready for a unique NHL betting experience in the crazy year that is 2020. All odds and betting splits via DraftKings Sportsbook.

 

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Series Public Bets

Teams Odds % Handle % Bets
CBJ Blue Jackets +185 26% 37%
TB Lightning -225 74% 63%
STL Blues -200 66% 66%
VAN Canucks +167 34% 34%
CGY Flames +100 56% 75%
DAL Stars -118 44% 25%
NY Islanders +122 60% 48%
WSH Capitals -143 40% 52%
BOS Bruins -159 60% 35%
CAR Hurricanes +135 40% 65%
MTL Canadiens +195 3% 10%
PHI Flyers -240 97% 90%
ARI Coyotes +235 8% 11%
COL Avalanche -286 92% 89%
CHI Blackhawks +255 22% 27%
VGS Golden Knights -315 78% 73%

 

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NHL Bettors Love The Favorites

Aside from a handful of series, NHL bettors are heavy on the favorites in round one. As mentioned previously, they love the Lightning, but they are also going big on the Philadelphia Flyers (-240), Colorado Avalanche (-286), and Vegas Golden Knights (-315). Although they aren’t quite as confident in the Boston Bruins (-159) and St. Louis Blues (-200), those teams are still bringing in 60% and 66% of the total handle on their respective series.

In terms of underdogs, the public is buying into the New York Islanders and Calgary Flames, who are both listed as slight underdogs entering round one. The Islanders are coming off of a 3-1 series victory over the Florida Panthers in the Qualifying Round while the Flames took down the Winnipeg Jets in four games as well.

The big question here, that no one can really know the answer to yet, is how will each team carry momentum into the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Will the grind of winning a playoff series, a short one at that, give teams momentum or will they have tired legs? Was the Round Robin enough of a test for these teams to ramp up for a seven-game series or will they be a step slow against teams that were already playing for their lives?

No matter what happens, we’re all looking forward to watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, even if this year is a little bit different than normal years.