Get Gritty With It: Philadelphia Flyers Soar Into Top Spot For 2020 Stanley Cup

Philadelphia Flyers mania is heating up.

And it has nothing to do with Gritty being the NHL’s most popular mascot. Case in point:

Being a Philly pro sports team with a legitimate shot of winning a championship has fans pretty excited.

Check out the Stanley Cup championship odds at any of the 18 New Jersey online sportsbooks. The Flyers are at the top across the board.

And there is a very good reason why.

Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.

Guess which team is now favored to win the Eastern Conference?

The road to the championship begins Wednesday night. Up first is a best-of-seven series with the Montreal Canadiens.

Flyers getting hot at the right time

Prior to the NHL restart, the Flyers’ odds of winning it all were at +1000 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

That line is now at +550, and that is good enough for tops on the board with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Flyers arrived in Toronto as the No. 4 in the East.

Things kept improving from there. The Flyers opened round-robin play with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

They followed it up with a strong showing against the Washington Capitals, winning 3-1.

Plus, it’s hard to forget the Lightning game that earned Philadelphia the top draw.

If the trends keep going this way, the Flyers are going to be a tough team to beat.

Philadelphia Flyers + NJ sports betting outlook

So forget about the Flyers’ 41 regular-season victories. The season now comes down to winning four games in the best-of-seven series.

In these “new normal” times, all of the games are taking place inside the Toronto NHL bubble.

Plus, there are no fans in attendance. So even though the Flyers have home team advantage in games one and two, it doesn’t carry the same weight as in previous seasons.

The Flyers are 2-1 against the Canadiens this season, but the two teams have not played each other since January.

And depending on the sportsbook, the puck line for Game 1 ranges between Flyers -1 and -1.5.

Here is a closer look at some of the NJ sports betting odds heading into the Eastern Conference quarterfinals (all odds as of 12:30 p.m. EST Aug. 11):

NJ sportsbookGame 1 vs. Canadiens - puck lineGame 1 vs. Canadiens - moneylineCanadiens vs. Flyers -
series odds
Flyers - Eastern
Conference odds
DraftKings -1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-148 Flyers
+128 Canadiens
-240 Flyers
+195 Canadiens
FanDuel-1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-160 Flyers
+135 Canadiens
-240 Flyers
+192 Canadiens
Fox Bet-1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-154 Flyers
+135 Canadiens
-225 Flyers
+180 Canadiens
BetMGM-1 Flyers
+1 Canadiens
-167 Flyers
+140 Canadiens
-250 Flyers
+210 Canadiens
PointsBet-1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-160 Flyers
+135 Canadiens
SugarHouse-1 Flyers
+1 Canadiens
-152 Flyers
+125 Canadiens
-240 Flyers
+195 Canadiens

Round 1: Flyers vs. Canadiens

The Flyers series against the Canadiens is an intriguing one. Being the No. 1 seed, Philly is now the team everyone in the East is chasing.

Then there are the Canadiens, who arrived in Toronto as the No. 12 seed. It was rightfully assumed that Montreal would not make it past the play-in round.

That was before the Canadiens took the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the No. 5 seed. By winning the series in four games, they jumped up to the No. 8 seed.

And even though they are still heavy underdogs, the Canadiens have proven they’re capable of pulling an upset.

NJ sportsbooks, however, are giving the heavy advantage to the Flyers.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Flyers at -240 to win the series, while the Canadiens come in +192.

The week ahead: Flyers playoff schedule

Yes, there are a plethora of NHL futures wagers available in the state. And this goes for the entire postseason as well as each of the eight series.

Bettors looking to put some money down on Game 1 will find plenty of options. Before we get into that, here is a look at the Flyers-Canadiens series schedule:

  • Game 1: Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
  • Game 2: Friday, 3 p.m., NBCSN
  • Game 3: Sunday, 8 p.m., NBC
  • Game 4: Aug. 18, 3 p.m., NBCSN
  • Game 5: Aug. 19, TBD*
  • Game 6: Aug. 21, TBD*
  • Game 7: Aug. 23, TBD*

*If necessary 

Now, there are a number of different ways to bet the series.

For example, at BetMGM Sportsbook, there is a three-team parlay. All that needs to happen is the Flyers, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche all win their respective games tomorrow. The odds are +475.

And here some other wagers for the Flyers-Canadiens series from BetMGM:

  • In which period will the most goals be scored?
  • Who will be the first goalscorer in the game (including overtime)?
  • Which team will be the first to reach three goals (regular time only)?
  • Who will win the first period?

Philadelphia Flyers fans are hungry for a Cup

There is little doubt the Philadelphia Flyers are going to attract a significant amount of the NHL betting handle.

Forget about the fact that the team is favored. The Flyers’ last Stanley Cup victory came 45 years ago. Ever since winning back-to-back championships in 1974 and ’75, the franchise has experienced a very long drought.

You know, the kind Philly pro sports fans are all too familiar with.

Philadelphia’s last Stanley Cup Finals appearance came in 2010. The Chicago Blackhawks won the series four games to two.

Add in a shutdown as a result of a global pandemic, and the desire to wager on the Flyers grows even more.

According to SugarHouse Sportsbook, hockey was the second most popular weekday sport to bet on last week among New Jersey and Pennsylvania customers. NBA betting claimed the top spot.

And heading into the weekend, the Flyers were the most popular team to bet on, getting 17% of all NHL bets. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were second with 14%, followed by the Blackhawks at 13%.

Flyers and Stanley Cup odds

It should come as no surprise that bettors are putting money down on the Flyers. Some will go with the puck line in tomorrow night’s game, while others are picking Philly to win it all.

But there are 16 teams still alive. The Flyers winning it all is not a guarantee.

Here is a look at the Stanley Cup odds from four NJ sports betting apps (all odds as of 12:30 p.m. EST Aug. 11):

TeamDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetBetMGM
Golden Knights+550+600+450+600
Blue Jackets+3200+3000+2200+2800

Let the chanting begin.


About the Author

Bill Gelman

Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing at Boardwalk Hall. He is now adding NJ sports betting and online gambling to the mix.