The 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs are underway and it's time to break down every second-round series from a betting perspective. The Colorado Avalanche are the betting favorites to win the 2021 Stanley Cup.
Below are my thoughts on each series, along with several best bets.
Note: Series odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
No. 2 Vegas Golden Knights (+ 170) vs. No. 1 Colorado Avalanche (-125)
Since the beginning of the regular season, the Golden Knights and Avalanche have been on a collision course and, outside of fans from Minnesota and St. Louis, this is the matchup that everyone wanted to see. However, it’s being priced as if it’s a pretty big mismatch, and I just don’t think that’s the case.
The Avalanche dominated the Blues in Round 1 while the Golden Knights struggled to put away the Wild, but that’s how sharp bettors expected things to turn out more often than not. The Golden Knights had trouble with the Wild all season long, so the fact that it took them seven games to get the job done isn’t all that surprising. They match up quite well against the Avalanche, though.