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Online bookmaker: Flyers are the biggest underdog of the night

Apr 30, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

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Courtesy online bookmaker Bovada, here are your betting lines for all three of tonight’s Game 7s  in the first round of the NHL playoffs:

Philadelphia Flyers (+135) at New York Rangers (-155)

Minnesota Wild (+120) at Colorado Avalanche (-140)

Los Angeles Kings (+120) at San Jose Sharks (-140)

For those of you with no idea what those numbers mean, the higher the + number, the bigger the underdog. More specifically, if a bettor were to wager $100 on the Flyers, he’d stand to win $135. If he were to bet $155 on the Rangers, he’d stand to win $100.

Now, before somebody points it out in the comments section (and somebody always does), the lines don’t always reflect exactly what the oddsmakers think is going to happen in the game. Some bookmakers strive above all for an even amount of action to come in on each side, so if they expect more money to come in on the Rangers (maybe in part because a lot of Rangers fans bet with them), they’ll make it more expensive to bet on the Blueshirts. A lot of books, however, are more than willing to take on risk if they believe in their lines.

Anyway, enjoy the games. Try not to lose your shirt.

  1. parasolmonster - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    The lines don’t always reflect exactly what the oddsmakers think is going to happen in the game!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Exactly – they adjust based on the betting public.

  2. hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Now what are the odds on Toilet Clown commenting on this article in an annoying fashion?

    • narfmoo12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Picture the money line for Alabama against an FCS school

    • laxman1944 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      He’s been quite the busy one today……

      • maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Say what you will about Toilet, He has done something almost unheard of, He has New Yorkers and Flyers fans in agreement.

        We all want him gone.

  3. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    How are the Wild the underdog?! They had dominated most the series! Just cause we are playing in Colorado! Fu$@ what they think…GO WILD!!!

    • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      I’m pretty sure that’s why Philly is the underdog too. Anyone who saw last night’s game wouldn’t bet against them otherwise.

      Actually you bring up a good point – all three ‘underdog’ teams are the away teams. That might’ve seemed obvious to everyone but me….

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        “Anyone who saw last night’s game wouldn’t bet against them otherwise. ”

        I think that’s a little overzealous. hell, I’m a Flyer fan and if I HAD to, I’d probably put my money on NYR tonight (although I called the Flyers to win in 7 BEFORE the series started). the Flyers are for sure underdogs, but anything can happen.

      • hockey412 - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        SHHHH – I’m just trying to jinx them. It’s cool. :)

      • jkay1818 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        the fact that lundqvist has played in all six games to mason’s 3 and has faced more shots muddies it a little bit too.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      All the home teams are favorites. It probably reflects three games are toss ups. You never know what could happen in one game in the NHL. Betting hockey is a sucker bet.

      I’d take the teams with the best goalies – LA, NY and CO. I’d love to have the Avs and Roy lose, but the Avs have the last change and Varmalov has been keeping them in it all season.

      • purpleguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Yep, that Avs/Wild game will be dictated by goalie performance.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        there’s no debating that Lundqvist is a great goalie and he’s no doubt a “[better] goalie” than Mason, but there’s something to be said about Mason’s .939 to Henrik’s .910 this series. muddies the water a bit more.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        idk what you guys are thumbing here. Mason’s been the better goalie this series. if you haven’t seen that, you’re blind.

  4. pastabelly - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    There are more people from NY and usually more money bet ON NY teams. I would agree that all three of those games odds would flip if the game were played in the underdog’s city. On neutral ice, these are all close to pick ‘em games.

  5. 7mantel - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    These two teams win or lose already beat the odds with their records after the first weeks of the season! Hard to predict who will come out on top tonight but I’m a NYR fan so we know who I’m rooting for ! Good luck tonight and enjoy the game !

  6. kingjoe1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Flyers 5 – Rangers 2. Bet that

  7. maalea - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I doubt the Flyers get 5 goals again tonight. So I’ll say 3-1 Fly boys,

  8. mungman69 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Game seven; great in any sport. Three game sevens? In one night? Get that popcorn ready Terrell!

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