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Betting Trends for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in 2020

Betting Trends for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in 2020
Sports bettors around the country must be excited, as the 2020 Stanley Cup starts at the beginning of August. For the first time, we’ll see the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, as the top four teams in each conference will play a round-robin tournament to determine seeders, while 16 teams will play eight best-of-5 series to qualify for the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup.

The start of the NHL Playoffs is upon us, so I’ve prepared all the need-to-know trends for 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers betting. These will help you make the best wagers this postseason, so let’s take a closer look. Keep in mind that 20 out of 22 teams will be on the road, but playing in the hub cities without the audience in the stands is a unique experience for all playoff contestants.

Eastern Conference Round-Robin Tournament

  • Boston Bruins
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Washington Capital
  • Philadelphia Flyers

The Eastern Conference Qualifiers will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The round-robin tournament starts Sunday, August 2, when the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Boston Bruins. The ultimate game will see the Flyers versus the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, August 9.

At the moment, Boston and Tampa Bay are the strongest favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup with the odds at +500 each. Both Philadelphia and Washington are set at +1200 to win the title.

The Bruins lost three of their four encounters with the Lightning this past regular season. Also, the Bruins are only 2-10 in their previous 12 games against Tampa Bay. Boston lost two of its three matchups with Washington, and the Bruins are terrible 2-16 in their last 18 meetings with the Capitals.

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Considering the betting trends, the reigning vice-champions will have some tough time in the qualifiers. Furthermore, the Bruins are 1-4 in their last five contests against Philadelphia.

On the other side, the Lightning went 0-3 against the Capitals in the regular season. They are only 2-6 in the previous eight encounters with Washington. Still, the Lightning are undefeated in seven straight meetings with the Flyers, while nine of the last ten games between Tampa and Phila went in the over.

Finally, the Flyers went 3-1 against the Capitals in the regular season. Philadelphia has been playing very well over the last two months of the season, winning 15 of their 20 contests overall. Still, the Flyers are only 4-9 in their last 13 games in the postseason.

Eastern Conference Best-of-5 Series

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

  • Carolina Hurricanes -120
  • New York Rangers +100
  • Total at 6.0 goals

Interestingly, the Rangers swept the Hurricanes in the regular season, beating them all four times as underdogs. The Rangers are undefeated in five straight encounters with the Canes and are 12-3 in their last 15 games against Carolina.

The Hurricanes have been inconsistent for most of the 2019-20 season. They are 11-9 over the last 20 games overall, while the Canes are 9-8 in their previous 17 outings as favorites. Last year, the Canes reached the conference finals after eliminating the Capitals in seven and Islanders in four games, but they were swept by the Bruins.

The Rangers haven’t been in the playoffs since 2017 when they lost to the Senators in the second round. New York is 7-11 in its last 18 playoff contests, while the Rangers went 12-6 in their previous 18 tilts when listed as underdogs.

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers

  • New York Islanders -110
  • Florida Panthers -110
  • Total at 5.5 goals

The Islanders are undefeated in four consecutive meetings with the Panthers including all three matchups this past regular season. The under has hit in seven of their last eight head-to-head duels, and you should know that the Islanders heavily lean on their defense, while the Panthers are a completely different team.

After a strong start of the season, the Islanders were horrible in 2020. They are riding a seven-game losing streak, while the Islanders have dropped eight of their previous 12 postseason games. On the other side, the Panthers are 6-12 in their last 18 games overall. They’ve lost 15 of their last 20 playoff games, and the Panthers have reached the postseason just twice in this century.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens

  • Pittsburgh Penguins -180
  • Montreal Canadiens +160
  • Total at 5.5 goals

Pittsburgh beat Montreal 2-1 in their regular-season series, while the Penguins are 8-3 in their last 11 meetings with the Canadiens. It’s no strange they are listed as -235 favorites to win this best-of-five series, and the Pens will look for their 14th straight appearance in the first round of the playoffs.

The Canadiens are 4-10 in their last 14 games, finishing the season with three straight losses. They are 3-12 against the spread in the last 15 outings following three or more consecutive losses, and the Canadiens are 4-10 in their previous 14 showings as underdogs.

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The Penguins are only 3-6 in their last nine games as favorites, while they are winless in five straight postseason showings as favorites. However, Pittsburgh is 9-4 in its last 13 games as a fave of -180 or lower.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Toronto Maple Leafs -160
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +140
  • Total at 6.0 goals

The Maple Leafs are playing on the home ice, which should be an advantage despite the empty stands. They split a two-game regular-season series with Columbus and won four of their last six meetings with the Blue Jackets, but Toronto is 8-12 in its previous 20 games against Columbus.

Toronto is 5-2 in its last seven home games and is 12-5 in its previous 17 outings at home as favorites. On the other hand, the Maple Leafs have dropped 11 of their last 17 playoff games. The under is 9-6 in Toronto’s previous 15 games overall, but keep in mind that the line has been set at 6.5 goals in 12 of those 15 contests.

The Blue Jackets are just 3-12 in their last 15 outings. They are 9-12 in the last 21 playoff games after reaching the postseason three times in a row. Interestingly, Columbus’ last 16 games saw the line on the totals at 5.5 goals, and half of those games went in the under.

Western Conference Round-Robin Tournament

  • St. Louis Blues
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • Dallas Stars

The Western Conference Qualifiers will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The round-robin action starts Sunday, August 2, at 6:00 PM ET when the reigning NHL champs St. Louis Blues take on the Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division showdown.

These two foes split the four-game series in the regular season, and the Avs have won the last two duels. However, the Avalanche are 5-15 in their previous 20 encounters with the Blues, while they are 7-13 in the last 20 meetings with the Dallas Stars. Colorado lost all four games against Dallas in the regular season.

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At least, the Avs are undefeated in four straight meetings with Vegas and are 14-6 in their last 20 games overall.

The St. Louis Blues have been playing in a terrific form since mid-February, winning 10 of their last 12 games overall. The defending champs are 6-1 in their last seven games against Dallas and 5-3 in their previous eight tilts against Vegas.

In their third season in the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights will try to reach the playoffs once more. Last year, they exited in the first round, while the Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018, losing to Washington in five games. Vegas opens against Dallas on August 3, and the Golden Knights are 6-2 in their eight meetings with the Stars.

Dallas is a +105 dog in the opening clash against Vegas. The Stars finished the regular season on a six-game losing streak, while they are 16-16 in the last 32 playoff contests.

Western Conference Best-of-5 Series

Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets

  • Calgary Flames -110
  • Winnipeg Jets -110
  • Total at 5.5 goals

The Flames met the Jets only once this season and lost 2-1 in overtime at home. They are 7-5 in the last 12 meetings with Winnipeg, and the under is 9-3 in that stretch.

Calgary has won nine of its last 15 games overall, but the Flames are only 1-10 in their previous 11 outings in the postseason. Since 2004, the Flames have lost seven of their eight playoff series. On the other side, the Jets are 2-8 in their last 10 playoff contests. Winnipeg finished the regular season on a four-game win streak.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

  • Edmonton Oilers -155
  • Chicago Blackhawks +135
  • Total at 6.0 goals

The Oilers will host the Western Conference qualifiers and are firm -170 favorites to eliminate the Blackhawks. Still, Edmonton is 7-13 in its last 20 games against Chicago including two losses in three meetings this season.

Edmonton lost three of its last four games overall, ending the regular season with a 4-2 loss to Winnipeg. The Oilers are 16-7 in their last 23 tilts after surrendering four or more goals in their previous outing, while they are 7-9 in the last 16 showings at home as favorites.

The Blackhawks, on the other side, are 3-8 in their last 11 postseason games and haven’t won the playoff series since 2015 when they won the Stanley Cup for the sixth and final time in their history. Chicago is 5-2 in its last seven games overall and is 3-8 in its previous 11 road contests.

Nashville Predators vs. Arizona Coyotes

  • Nashville Predators -125
  • Arizona Coyotes +105
  • Total at 5.5 goals

Nashville and Arizona split their two-game series in the regular season. The Predators are 12-7 in their last 19 meetings with the Coyotes, while the under is 11-2 in the last 13 duels between these two conference rivals.

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While the Predators finished the regular season in a strong fashion, winning six of their last nine games, the Coyotes dropped five of their previous eight contests.

The Coyotes haven’t reached the postseason since 2012. The Predators search for their sixth straight first-round appearance and are 11-14 in their last 25 playoff games.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild

  • Vancouver Canucks -120
  • Minnesota Wild +100
  • Total at 5.5 goals

The Canucks are listed as -135 favorites to win this series even though they’ve lost four of their last five matchups with Minnesota. Vancouver earned only one point more than the Wild in the regular season, as each team played 69 games.

Since losing the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals to the Bruins in seven games, the Canucks haven’t won the playoff series. They are only 3-12 in the last 15 postseason games. The Wild suffered a first-round exit in their previous three playoff appearances and are 4-16 in their last 20 postseason games.

The over is 11-3 in Vancouver’s last 14 games overall, and it is 7-4 in Minnesota’s previous 11 outings. Also, the over is 12-4-3 in the last 17 meetings between the Canucks and Wild.

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