The Stanley Cup qualifying round will feature 16 teams all looking to win a best-of-five series in order to determine the eight teams that will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The restart campaign will kick off on Aug. 1 and will finish no later than Aug. 9. Now, let’s find out who’s in action in the opening restart games.
NHL Playoff Game 1 Lines
Eastern Conference Qualifying Game 1 Odds & Analysis
- New York Rangers +125
- Carolina Hurricanes -145
The Rangers (37-33-5) are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings while Carolina (38-30-5) hits the restart in sixth place in the East. New York ranks a stellar fifth in scoring (3.3 gpg), but uninspiring 23rd in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). The Hurricanes rank 11th in scoring (3.2 gpg) and an identical 11th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg). The Rangers have won five straight against the Canes this season while putting five goals on the board in each of the last two meetings. The Rangers are 41-14 in the last 55 meetings, but the underdog has gone a perfect 6-0 in the last six meetings.
- Florida Panthers +100
- New York Islanders -120
The Panthers (35-34-8) are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings while the Islanders (35-33-10) are in ninth place in the East. Florida ranks sixth in scoring (3.3 gpg), but a dismal 29th in goals allowed. The Islanders rank an uninspiring 22nd in scoring (2.8 gpg) and ninth in goals allowed by giving up an identical 2.8 goals per game. New York has won all three regular season meetings against Florida including a 3-1 home win the last time they met on December 12. The Panthers are 0-4 in the last four meetings while the favorite in this rivalry have gone 5-1 in the last six meetings.
- Montreal Canadiens +170
- Pittsburgh Penguins 100
Montreal (3140-9) is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings while Pittsburgh is in fifth place (40-29-6). The Canadiens rank 19th in scoring (2.9 gpg) and an identical 19th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). Pittsburgh ranks 10th in scoring (3.2 gpg) and 12th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg). The Penguins have won two straight after dropping their first meeting against Montreal this season. The Canadiens are just 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in this rivalry while the underdog has gone 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Western Conference Qualifying Game 1 Odds & Analysis
- Chicago Blackhawks +145
- Edmonton Oilers 165
The Blackhawks (32-38-8) are in 12th place in the Western Conference standings while the Oilers (37-34-9) are sitting in fourth place out West. Chicago ranks 18th in scoring (3.0 gpg) and 16th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). Edmonton ranks a modest 15th in scoring (3.1 gpg) and an identical 15th in goals allowed (3.0 gpg). The Blackhawks have won three of four meetings in this rivalry this season while going 15-7 in the last 22 meetings overall. The favorite in this Western Conference series has gone 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
- Winnipeg Jets +125
- Calgary Flames -145
The Jets (37-34-6) are in sixth place in the Western Conference standings while the Flames (36-34-7) are in seventh place in the standings (36-34-7). Winnipeg is ranked 17th in scoring (3.0 gpg) and 10th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg). Calgary ranks 20th in scoring (2.9 gpg) and 17th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). The Flames took the first two meetings this season, but Winnipeg has won the last two meetings. The favorite in this rivalry has gone 10-4 in the last 14 meetings while the under has gone a near-perfect 5-1 in the last six meetings.
- Minnesota Wild +100
- Vancouver Canucks -120
The Wild (35-34-7) are sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference standings while the Canucks (36-33-6) are sitting in ninth place out West. Minnesota ranks 12th in scoring (3.2 gpg), but 24th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). Vancouver ranks eighth in scoring (3.2 gpg) and 21st in goals allowed (3.1 gpg). The Wild have won two straight and three of four meetings this season while scoring at least three goals in each of their victories. The road team in this rivalry has gone 8-3 in the last 11 meetings while the Over has gone a consistent 12-4-3 in the last 19 meetings overall.