Flyers, Golden Knights co-Stanley Cup favorites

The Philadelphia Flyers and Vegas Golden Knights have been installed as co-favorites entering the Stanley Cup playoffs by several sportsbooks.

DraftKings was offering both teams at +550 to win the Stanley Cup on Monday, while FanDuel was offering the Flyers, Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche each at +600. DraftKings was offering the Avalanche at +650.

The Tampa Bay Lightening were fourth at both books: +700 at DraftKings and +800 at FanDuel.

The Lightning will open the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Columbus is one of four longshots being offered at +3200 by DraftKings, along with the Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens.

Both books were offering Tampa Bay at -225 to win the opening series.

The biggest opening-round favorite is Vegas at -315 by DraftKings to eliminate Chicago (+255). The book was also offering the Golden Knights at -835 to win the series in over/under 4.5 games.

The NHL released the schedule Monday for the first round of the playoffs, which features four games Tuesday and four games Wednesday — two from each conference each day. All series are best-of-seven.

All Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, with Rogers Place in Edmonton hosting Western Conference games.

The full schedule, with television networks, is listed below. All times are Eastern, and the home team is listed second.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Philadelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m.: Canadiens @ Flyers | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Friday, Aug. 14, 3 p.m.: Canadiens @ Flyers | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Sunday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.: Flyers @ Canadiens | NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3 p.m.: Flyers @ Canadiens | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Canadiens @ Flyers | TBD

*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Flyers @ Canadiens | TBD

*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Canadiens @ Flyers | TBD

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 3 p.m.: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | NBCSN, SN, TVAS

Thursday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m.: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | NBCSN, SN, TVAS

Saturday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: Lightning @ Blue Jackets | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

Monday, Aug. 17, 3 p.m.: Lightning @ Blue Jackets | NBCSN, SN, TVAS

*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | TBD

*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Lightning @ Blue Jackets | TBD

*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Blue Jackets @ Lightning | TBD

Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (6)

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. Islanders @ Capitals | NBCSN, SN, TVAS

Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.: Islanders @ Capitals | NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS

Sunday, Aug. 16, 12 p.m.: Capitals @ Islanders | USA, SN360, TVAS

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.: Capitals @ Islanders | NBCSN

*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Islanders @ Capitals | TBD

*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Capitals @ Islanders | TBD

*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Islanders @ Capitals | TBD

Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5)

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Thursday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.: Hurricanes @ Bruins | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Saturday, Aug. 15, 12 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBC, SN, TVAS

Monday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m.: Bruins @ Hurricanes | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Hurricanes @ Bruins | TBD

*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Bruins @ Hurricanes | TBD

*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Hurricanes @ Bruins | TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8)

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 10:30 p.m.: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | NBCSN, SN, TVAS

Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m.: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Blackhawks | NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

Sunday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Golden Knights @ Blackhawks | NBCSN, SN1, SN360

*Tuesday, Aug. 18, TBD: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | TBD

*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Golden Knights @ Blackhawks | TBD

*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Blackhawks @ Golden Knights | TBD

Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m.: Coyotes @ Avalanche | NBCSN, SN360, TVAS

Friday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m.: Coyotes @ Avalanche | NHLN, SN360, TVAS

Saturday, Aug. 15, 3 p.m.: Avalanche @ Coyotes | CNBC, SN360, TVAS

Monday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Avalanche @ Coyotes | NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS

*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Coyotes @ Avalanche | TBD

*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Avalanche @ Coyotes | TBD

*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Coyotes @ Avalanche | TBD

Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.: Flames @ Stars | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Thursday, Aug. 13, 10:30 p.m.: Flames @ Stars | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Friday, Aug. 14, 10:30 p.m.: Stars @ Flames | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m.: Stars @ Flames | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

*Tuesday, Aug. 18, TBD: Flames @ Stars | TBD

*Thursday, Aug. 20, TBD: Stars @ Flames | TBD

*Saturday, Aug. 22, TBD: Stars @ Flames | TBD

St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10:30 p.m.: Canucks @ Blues | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

Friday, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.: Canucks @ Blues | NHLN, SN, TVAS

Sunday, Aug. 16, 10:30 p.m.: Blues @ Canucks | CNBC, SN, TVAS

Monday, Aug. 17, 10:30 p.m.: Blues @ Canucks | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS

*Wednesday, Aug. 19, TBD: Canucks @ Blues | TBD

*Friday, Aug. 21, TBD: Blues @ Canucks | TBD

*Sunday, Aug. 23, TBD: Canucks @ Blues | TBD

* If necessary

TBD — To Be Determined