The Colorado Avalanche were the biggest favorite to win their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in odds set by sports book DraftKings on Saturday.
DraftKings set the moneyline at -360 for the Avalanche, who will host the 2019 champion St. Louis Blues (270) in the series opener on Monday. Colorado finished as the No. 1 team in NHL in the regular season by virtue of a tiebreaker with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas (-240), the second-place finisher in the West Division were a narrower favorite over the Minnesota Wild (190) for their series, which opens Sunday in Las Vegas.
In the North Division, the Toronto Maple Leafs (-315) were picked to beat the Montreal Canadiens (240). As of Friday, bettors overwhelmingly favored the Leafs, 96 percent of the handle and 93 percent of bets on Toronto They also favored the Edmonton Oilers (-186), with 80 percent of bettors wagering on the Oilers to eliminate the Winnipeg Jets (150) in the first round, representing 94 percent of the handle.
Toronto and Montreal open their series on Thursday, a day after Edmonton and Winnipeg.
DraftKings gave the nod to the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning (-152) to knock out the Florida Panthers (123) in the Central Division, but 56 percent of the early handle went to the Panthers. The Carolina Hurricanes (-250) were the biggest favorite in the division, with 87 percent of bettors wagering they'd defeat the Nashville Predators (196).
Florida hosts Tampa Bay to open the series on Sunday, and Nashville will meet Carolina on Monday in Raleigh.
In the East Division, the Pittsburgh Penguins (-136) were listed as favorites ahead of their series against the New York Islanders (110), which opens Sunday. The first-round action between the Boston Bruins (-162) and Washington Capitals (130) opens the playoffs on Saturday.
--Field Level Media