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Qualifying Round

  • Start Date: Saturday, Aug. 1
  • Hub Locations: Toronto, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta

The NHL decided to end its regular season and fast-track to the postseason with 24 teams. Eight teams have already advanced to the first round of the playoffs (Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas, and Dallas), but the other eight spots are up for grabs in late July.

In an interesting twist, 16 teams will play in eight separate best-of-five series for the right to advance to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Odds have been put up by FanDuel for each of the series, which feature matchups of teams seeded fifth through 12th in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

We polled our NHL handicapping experts and they provided their predictions for the upcoming matchups as well.

Eastern Conference
Qualifying Matchups

Best-of-Five Matchups
Venue: Toronto

  • (5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens
  • (6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers
  • (7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers
  • (8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue Jackets

Series Odds

Penguins -205 vs. Canadiens +166
Hurricanes -136 vs. Rangers +112
Islanders -120 vs. Panthers -102
Maple Leafs -166 vs. Blue Jackets +136

NHL East Playoffs
Best-of-Five Predictions

Eastern Conference
Matchup PIT vs. MON TOR vs. CBJ NYI vs. FLA CAR vs. NYR
ASA Pittsburgh
3-0
Toronto
3-2
Florida
3-2
Carolina
3-2
Ben Burns Pittsburgh
3-2
Toronto
3-1
Florida
3-2
Carolina
3-1
Bill Marzano Pittsburgh
3-2
Toronto
3-2
N.Y. Islanders
3-2
N.Y. Rangers
3-2
Doc's Sports Pittsburgh
3-0
Toronto
3-2
Florida
3-1
Carolina
3-2
Gary Bart Montreal
3-2
Columbus
3-2
N.Y. Islanders
3-1
N.Y. Rangers
3-1
Jim Feist Montreal
3-2
Columbus
3-2
Florida
3-1
N.Y. Rangers
3-2
Kevin Rogers Pittsburgh
3-1
Toronto
3-2
Florida
3-1
N.Y. Rangers
3-2
Scott Rickenbach Pittsburgh
3-1
Toronto
3-2
N.Y. Islanders
3-2
N.Y. Rangers
3-2
Stephen Nover Pittsburgh
3-1
Toronto
3-2
Florida
3-2
Carolina
3-2

Consensus Picks

  • Pittsburgh (7), Montreal (2)
  • Toronto (7), Columbus (2)
  • Florida (6), N.Y. Islanders (3)
  • N.Y. Rangers (5), Carolina (4)

Western Conference
Qualifying Matchups

Best-of-Five Matchups
Venue: Edmonton

  • (5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks
  • (6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes
  • (7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild
  • (8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets

Series Odds

Oilers -164 vs. Blackhawks +134
Predators -134 vs. Coyotes +110
Canucks -136 vs. Wild +112
Flames -116 vs. (9) Jets -106

NHL West Playoffs
Best-of-Five Predictions

Western Conference
Matchup EDM vs. CHI CGY vs. WPG VAN vs. MIN NSH vs. ARZ
ASA Edmonton
3-0
Winnipeg
3-1
Minnesota
3-2
Arizona
3-2
Ben Burns Edmonton
3-1
Winnipeg
3-2
Minnesota
3-1
Nashville
3-1
Bill Marzano Edmonton
3-1
Calgary
3-2
Vancouver
3-2
Arizona
3-2
Doc's Sports Edmonton
3-1
Winnipeg
3-2
Vancouver
3-0
Nashville
3-1
Gary Bart Chicago
3-2
Calgary
3-1
Vancouver
3-1
Nashville
3-1
Jim Feist Edmonton
3-0
Winnipeg
3-2
Vancouver
3-1
Arizona
3-2
Kevin Rogers Edmonton
3-1
Calgary
3-2
Vancouver
3-1
Nashville
3-1
Scott Rickenbach Edmonton
3-1
Winnipeg
3-1
Vancouver
3-2
Nashville
3-2
Stephen Nover Edmonton
3-0
Winnipeg
3-2
Vancouver
3-1
Nashville
3-1

Consensus Picks

  • Edmonton (8), Chicago (1)
  • Winnipeg (6), Calgary (3)
  • Vancouver (7), Minnesota (2)
  • Nashville (6), Arizona (3)

Odds provided by FanDuel (IN, NJ, CO, PA & WV only)
Subject to Change - T&C's Apply, 21+

The four top teams in each conference will play a round robin tournament among themselves in each conference and the team with the most points after three games will be the top seed and the remaining clubs will be slotted into the second, third and fourth positions. Oddsmakers have posted odds on which club will capture the No. 1 seed in each NHL conference.

Top Overall Playoff Seeds Odds

Eastern Conference
Venue: Toronto

Handicapping Analysis
  • Boston Bruins 7/5
  • Tampa Bay Lighting 37/20
  • Washington Capitals 11/2
  • Philadelphia Flyers 11/2

NHL East Playoffs
Top 4 Consensus Predictions

Eastern Conference - Round Robin Top 4 Seed Finish
Matchup First Second Third Fourth
ASA Boston Philadelphia Tampa Bay Washington
Ben Burns Boston Washington Tampa Bay Philadelphia
Bill Marzano Boston Tampa Bay Washington Philadelphia
Doc's Sports Tampa Bay Washington Boston Philadelphia
Gary Bart Boston Tampa Bay Washington Philadelphia
Jim Feist Tampa Bay Boston Washington Philadelphia
Kevin Rogers Tampa Bay Washington Boston Philadelphia
Scott Rickenbach Tampa Bay Boston Philadelphia Washington
Stephen Nover Tampa Bay Boston Washington Philadelphia

Consensus Picks

  • 1) Tampa Bay (5), Boston (4)
  • 2) Washington (3), Boston (3), Tampa Bay (2), Philadelphia (1)
  • 3) Washington (4), Tampa Bay (2), Boston (2), Philadelphia (1)
  • 4) Philadelphia (7), Washington (2)

Western Conference
Venue: Edmonton

Handicapping Analysis
  • St. Louis Blues 7/4
  • Colorado Avalanche 9/4
  • Vegas Golden Knights 3/1
  • Dallas Stars 11/2

NHL West Playoffs
Top 4 Consensus Predictions

Western Conference - Round Robin Top 4 Seed Finish
Matchup First Second Third Fourth
ASA St. Louis Colorado Dallas Vegas
Ben Burns Colorado St. Louis Vegas Dallas
Bill Marzano St. Louis Colorado Vegas Dallas
Doc's Sports St. Louis Colorado Vegas Dallas
Gary Bart St. Louis Colorado Vegas Dallas
Jim Feist St. Louis Vegas Dallas Colorado
Kevin Rogers Vegas St. Louis Colorado Dallas
Scott Rickenbach Colorado Dallas St. Louis Vegas
Stephen Nover Vegas Colorado St. Louis Dallas

Consensus Picks

  • 1) St. Louis (5), Colorado (2), Vegas (2)
  • 2) Colorado (5), St. Louis (2), Vegas (1), Dallas (1)
  • 3) Vegas (4), Dallas (2), St. Louis (2), Colorado (1),
  • 4) Dallas (6), Vegas (2), Colorado (1)

NHL Top Seed
Best Bets

Tampa Bay Lightning +185
St. Louis Blues +175

Had the Lightning won an OT game against Washington they'd be at least .500 against all three opponents in this tournament, and typically did so by closing ranks defensively and keeping these better teams off the score sheet.

St. Louis was the only team of these four to post a winning record in all of their contests against the other three squads, and generally did so in dominating fashion. All eight games that didn't need extra time to be decided for the Blues against these three teams were all decided by at least two goals, and St. Louis went 6-2 SU in those contests.

Odds provided by FanDuel (IN, NJ, CO, PA & WV only)
Subject to Change - T&C's Apply, 21+

NHL Eastern Conference
Series Predictions

(5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens

Handicapping Analysis
Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 2

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers

Handicapping Analysis
Carolina 3, N.Y. Rangers 1

(7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers

Handicapping Analysis
Florida 3, N.Y. Islanders 2

(8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue Jackets

Handicapping Analysis
Toronto 3, Columbus 1

NHL Western Conference
Series Predictions

(5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks

Handicapping Analysis
Edmonton 3, Chicago 2

(6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes

Handicapping Analysis
Arizona 3, Nashville 2

(7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild

Handicapping Analysis
Minnesota 3, Vancouver 2

(8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets

Handicapping Analysis
Calgary 3, Winnipeg 1

NHL Playoffs
Preseason Predictions

Prior to the the 2019-20 NHL regular season beginning in October, VegasInsider.com asked our stable of handicappers to provide their fearless predictions on who were expected to win their conferences and the finals.

Below is the consensus breakdown for both conferences and the Stanley Cup champion from our 12 experts.

Eastern Conference

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 6
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 4
  • Boston Bruins 1
  • Florida Panthers 1

Western Conference

  • Vegas Golden Knights 6
  • Colorado Avalanche 2
  • San Jose Sharks 2
  • Calgary Flames 1
  • Dallas Stars 1

Stanley Cup Finals

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 5
  • Vegas Golden Knights 3
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 2
  • San Jose Sharks 1
  • Boston Bruins 1


VegasInsider.com NHL Season Predictions
Handicapper Eastern Conference Western Conference Stanley Cup
ASA Tampa Bay Lightning Vegas Golden Knights Tampa Bay Lightning
Ben Burns Toronto Maple Leafs San Jose Sharks Toronto Maple Leafs
Bill Marzano Tampa Bay Lightning Vegas Golden Knights Tampa Bay Lightning
Bruce Marshall Tampa Bay Lightning San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks
Chip Chirimbes Tampa Bay Lightning Vegas Golden Knights Tampa Bay Lightning
Doc's Sports Tampa Bay Lightning San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks
Gary Bart Boston Bruins Calgary Flames Boston Bruins
Joe Williams Toronto Maple Leafs Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights
Kevin Rogers Toronto Maple Leafs Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights
Matt Fargo Tampa Bay Lightning Colorado Avalanche Tampa Bay Lightning
Scott Rickenbach Toronto Maple Leafs Colorado Avalanche Toronto Maple Leafs
Stephen Nover Toronto Maple Leafs Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Golden Knights

  
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