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Besieged by sharp bettors who pounced on trending favorite bets and the over-goal totals during the NHL season, bookmakers hoped to breathe a postseason sigh of relief. 

“The playoffs recruit more recreational players, so that may defuse what we’ve suffered through,” Bally’s Interactive oddsmaker Jay Rood said this week. 

Just as the thought struck him, Rood reconsidered because recreational players typically gravitate to the favorite and over bets. 

Rood’s peers, including Tipico Sportsbook manager Sunny Gupta, can relate. Tipico is still growing its base of operation in Colorado — home of the Western Conference’s top-seeded Avalanche. 

Confronting imposing future-book liability, because the Avalanche are Tipico’s favorite to win the Stanley Cup, bookmakers looked on in defeat as the Colorado Avalanche battered the Nashville Predators, 7-2, in Game 1 of their opening-round series Tuesday night. 

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“Our book and other books have been getting hit hard by the overs,” Gupta said as he inspected financial figures he could not divulge due to the sensitivity of their nature.

Sports betting websites who tracked season-long results, including covers.com and scoresandodds.com, reveal a staggering 65% of favorites won their games this season and 53% of games eclipsed the over total. 

Some of the more successful teams surpassing the over are still alive in the 16-team NHL playoffs — including the Florida Panthers (46-31-5 against the over), Washington Capitals (45-33-4), Minnesota Wild (47-33-2), Avalanche (44-36-2) and Las Vegas Golden Knights (46-33-2).  



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