The two biggest underdogs on the Stanley Cup playoff odds list paid off Wednesday, a warning to chalk bettors eyeing the four series openers for Thursday.
"We have the Rangers winning in a sweep here, so naturally we don't see a lot of value in betting the Sens even at good underdog value," said Jack Randall of OddsShark.com.
Boston earned the No. 2 seed, but lost three of four against Washington during the season. With Tim Thomas struggling a bit, the Bruins looking tired and Nathan Horton declared done for the season, this is a series where the underdog could bite hard.
"We all know the Caps have struggled in recent years in the role of favorite, so let's see how they make out as underdogs," said Randall.
In Phoenix, the Coyotes won three straight against the Blackhawks during the season and are the higher seed. But many like Chicago's playoff experience and expect them to emerge. They are small +110 underdogs for Game 1.
The other first-round series opening Thursday was one-sided in favor of the chalk. St. Louis dominated San Jose and didn't allow a single goal at home in two games against the Sharks.
But this is another spot where underdog bettors can find good value.
"San Jose has tons of playoff experience, albeit most of it bad, while the Blues are not battle-tested in April and May," said Randall. "At +135, there is slightly more than half of the betting action on the Sharks, according to our consensus numbers."
The New Jersey vs. Florida series starts Friday.