My book has some lines posted for these....Haven't made any bets yet, but thinking of....
Modest favorite, and yes upsets are likely to happen in this play-in round due to uncertainties of such a long layoff, weird environment to play in, and so on...
But Canes with practice facility. And simply better all-around team than Rangers.
This is a nice dog price. Oilers have lack of playoff experience, although yeah this is a bet against Oilers' "Big Two." Blackhawks still have some dudes around from past playoff glory. Weird circumstances, going with playoff experience would seem to make this a decent dog play, plus upsets are more likely than normal due to long layoff.
A bit heavier fav... Preds are clearly better all-around team, some amazing Blue-Liners. Which Rinne shows up for Preds ? Good Rinne or bad Rinne ? I rate Coyotes with better goalkeeping but Preds are stronger offensively and Preds have better Blue Liners overall.
Blue Jackets +140
A nice dog bet... many Leafs fans won't like this choice, but long layoff, anything can happen, and Elvis and the Latvian goaltender connection for Jackets can be shut-down frequently. Leafs have a lot of inconsistency, to put it mildly.
I would tend toward the Canucks as modest favs as well, but I'm not gonna list that one yet.
Don't know if or when I might actually make these as bets, it's still a month and a half away if no further unexpected delays from legal restrictions, shutdowns, disease progression, or other factors, but these are some very early leans in a betting environment with a lot of unknowns.
Any comments ?