If there’s a time when you see an uptick in hockey betting, it’s the NHL playoffs. This year’s pack of 16 teams vying for a championship is loaded with talent.
For what it’s worth, the Lightning are my pick to win the Stanley Cup this year, but at 5-1, I’m passing right now to see how the first round plays out. Those odds won’t drastically change.
Here’s a look at some of the best value bets to win the Cup, as well as analysis on the better series prices of the opening round.
Note: All odds are via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, as of April 10.
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Winnipeg Jets (8-1)