The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets square off on Saturday, August 1st to open their five-game qualifying round series. The winner advances to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the loser is entered into the NHL Draft lottery.
The Flames enter the series as -132 favorites against the +105 Jets at DraftKings Sportsbook. These two faced off a single time during the regular season before play was suspended, with Winnipeg winning 2-1 in overtime. Calgary’s situation in goal is a question between . Cam Talbot and David Rittich, and the betting public seems comfortable taking advantage of the uncertainty. The underdog Jets are getting 61 percent of bets and 69 percent of handle for this series.
We have a bit of an odd split for Game 1 of this series. The Flames are -1.5 on the puck line and -121 on the money line, while the Jets are +1.5 and +105. The public is backing the Jets on the money line to the tune of 64 percent of handle and 63 percent of wagers. For the puck line, we have a split. 59 percent of wagers are on the Jets to cover +1.5, while 73 percent of handle is on the Flames to cover -1.5 Either way, with 69 percent of handle and 83 percent of bets on over 5.5 goals, bettors are expecting fireworks.
Game 1 of the series gets going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Here is the Flames-Jets series schedule.
Saturday, Aug. 1: Jets vs. Flames, 10:30 p.m. | NBCSN, NHL.TV, NHL.TV, CBC, SN
Monday, Aug. 3: Jets vs. Flames, 2:30 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames vs. Jets, 4:45 p.m. | NHLN, NHL.TV, SN
Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames vs. Jets*, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Jets vs. Flames*, TBD
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