Hockey fans and bettors rejoice! A clean slate on a clean sheet of ice is about to begin!
Normally this is hockey’s quiet period, but instead, this summer we are in the thick of the postseason. And speaking of being in the thick of it, the Flyers have a very real chance to capture the organization’s first championship in 45 years.
Both FanDuel and DraftKings sportsbooks have the Flyers listed with 10-1 odds to win Lord Stanley’s Cup ($100 winning bet earns $1,000). That number gives them the fifth-best chance to be the last team standing. If you are looking for a little value, William Hill has the Flyers at 12-1. Not bad for a team that at one point had odds of 50-1 in late October. Right before the pandemic forced a stoppage, the Flyers had been winners of nine straight before dropping their final game to the Bruins.
Ironically, it’s those same Bruins the Flyers will face Sunday in the first of three round-robin games to determine the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers enter the opening contest as plus-115 money line underdogs ($100 winning bet earns $115 — FanDuel). The Bruins are minus-135 favorites, meaning you would have to wager $135 to win $100. The orange and black owned a 2-1-0 record over Boston this season, but keep in mind both victories came by way of shootouts.
New father Sean Couturier is up for the Selke Trophy for the best defensive forward this season. Well what about "Coots" putting some of his offensive skills to work right out of the gate Sunday and scoring the first goal of the game (14-1 odds on DraftKings). Travis Konecny also has odds of 14-1 followed by Claude Giroux at 15-1 and Kevin Hayes at 17-1.
Looking at the big picture, the Flyers are tied for the third-best odds along with the Capitals to earn the top seed in the East at plus-550 on DraftKings. The Bruins are tops at plus-140 along with the Lightning at plus-185. FOX Bet takes it a step further, giving the Flyers minus-150 odds to make it to the second round while their number is at plus-200 to advance to the third round.
So the puck will drop and the Flyers have as good a chance as any team to be crowned champions. The biggest reason they have that opportunity might be because of the man behind the bench Alain Vigneault. By the way, Vigneault has the second-best odds (+180) to win Coach of the Year honors on BetMGM behind the Blue Jackets’ John Tortorella. I raise up my martini glass to A.V., wishing him and all bettors the best of luck during this unprecedented quest for the Cup.
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