By: Ryan Gilbert
Flyers Odds Breakdown: NHL Round Robin Odds, Stanley Cup Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers are returning to the postseason in their first year under a new regime. They earned one of the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference thanks to their strong play throughout the season, but especially in the second half. They were the hottest team in the league in February and March and are looking to carry that over to the round-robin tournament and all the way to the Stanley Cup.
The Flyers come into the round-robin tournament as the No. 4 seed, with nowhere to go but up. They don’t have the best chance to win the top seed, but It may be worth a look.
Philadelphia Flyers’ Odds to Win the No. 1 seed: +550
The Flyers are tied with the Washington Capitals for the third-best (or worst) odds to win the No. 1 seed, behind the Boston Bruins (+140) and Tampa Bay Lightning (+185). Odds of +550 give the Flyers an implied probability of 15.4% to win the No. 1 seed. With those odds, I’d say it is worth betting on.
The Flyers played well against the Bruins and Capitals in the regular season, going a combined 5-1-1 against them (3-0-1 against the Capitals; 2-1-0 against the Bruins). However, they lost both of their games to the Lightning. If the Flyers can repeat their success against the Bruins and Capitals, and either sneak in a win against the Lightning or hope that the Lightning lose to the Capitals and/or Bruins, they’ll take home the No. 1 seed.
I would recommend betting on the Flyers to win the No. 1 seed at +550.
But that’s not all.
Philadelphia Flyers’ Odds to Win the Eastern Conference: +550
The Flyers are also tied with the Capitals at +550 as the third-best odds to win the East, behind the Bruins and Lightning at +300 each.
This could be the year for the Flyers. Alain Vigneault came in and took this team to the next level in the regular season, earning him a Jack Adams Award nomination. Sean Couturier is a finalist for the Selke Trophy as well. Carter Hart has been as good as advertised in goal for the Flyers, and their depth allows them to roll four strong lines and three good defensive pairs.
Having the same odds to win the No. 1 seed and Eastern Conference is, well, odd. I would rather bet on the No. 1 seed, but they have a decent chance of winning the East too.
Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Odds: +1000
Once again Flyers are tied with the Capitals (and St. Louis Blues) with the fifth-best odds to win the Stanley Cup, behind the Bruins (+650), Lightning (+650), Vegas Golden Knights (+800), and Colorado Avalanche (+900).
Given the Flyers’ odds to win the East at +550, and to win the Cup at +1000, I would rather bet on the Flyers to win the Cup then perhaps hedge the bet depending on the matchup.