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Leans on Play-In Games in July...

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My book has some lines posted for these....Haven't made any bets yet, but thinking of....

Canes -136

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.

Blackhawks +135

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.

Predators -143

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.

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Not a Blackhawks bettor here.  When they were a winning playoff team they struggled in the first few games of the playoffs many times.  In those days they had an extremely deep team with 3 strong lines and a quality penalty killing line.  Hawks D is old and not deep at all.  Right now they arent that type of team.  Crawford was benched in the past seasons playoffs and has to face 2 of the top 5 offensive players. 

 

 

Edmonton is going to score and if the Hawks can't keep up (I really don't think the Hawks have the roster to do so) then the best I can see for the Hawks is one win. 

 

Kane and Towes probably  have one outstanding game.

 

Oilers will move on.

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