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Just eight teams remain in the quest for the Stanley Cup, with four of them looking to inch another win closer tonight to the most prestigious trophy in sports.
Two of the biggest longshots heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs at William Hill are squaring off in Winnipeg at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The Canadiens were listed at 50/1 on May 14 at William Hill Nevada, while the Jets were tied with the Predators for the highest odds at 60/1.
After each team pulled off an upset in the first round, the Canadiens took Game 1 on the road by a 5-3 score. The Jets will look to even things up at home, where they are slight -115 moneyline favorites against the Canadiens (-105 ML) in Game 2. The total is at 5.5, with the under favored at -135 and the over at +115.
“We had a real good decision in Game 1, we needed the Canadiens pretty good because of all the Jets money,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “We’re a little high on the Jets right now. But I think due to the fact that Montreal is rolling and [Mark Scheifele] got suspended, that will slow down any Winnipeg flurry of action.”
The majority of William Hill bettors are expecting this series to be tied later tonight. The Jets have racked up 60% of the total number of tickets and 81% of the total dollars wagered among all moneyline bets against the Canadiens. Wagering on the total has been more split, with the over still having the advantage with 54% of the total number of tickets and 56% of the total dollars wagered.
On the other end of the spectrum, the two teams that entered the postseason with the lowest Stanley Cup odds are also up against each other this round.
The Golden Knights were atop the board at William Hill Nevada on May 14 at +350, with the Avalanche close behind at +450. Now with Colorado up 2-0 in this series after an overtime triumph in Game 2, the Avalanche are the +115 favorites and the Golden Knights are tied for the fourth-lowest odds at 14/1 with the Hurricanes and Canadiens.
Vegas will look to cut into the series deficit in front of its home crowd at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Golden Knights first opened as -120 favorites before both teams were listed at pick’em (-110 ML). Currently the Golden Knights’ moneyline is priced at -115 over the Avalanche (-105 ML). For the total, over 5.5 is at -105 and under 5.5 is at -115.
“Tonight is going to be a huge decision for us if it keeps going the way it is,” Bogdanovich said. “We’ve got a small mountain of money on the Golden Knights. This has the potential to be a bigger decision than that Game 7 [against the Wild]. It’s a much more attractive matchup, it’s maybe the two best teams in the league. And they’re going at it after coming off an epic Game 2. So this one has a chance to write some huge money.”
After dropping the first two games of the series, many William Hill bettors are expecting the Golden Knights to rally in Game 3. Vegas has drawn 60% of the total number of tickets and 81% of the total dollars wagered among all moneyline bets against Colorado. There’s also pretty strong alignment on the total, with the over generating 66% of the total number of tickets and 77% of the total dollars wagered.
Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoffs action below.