Our NHL betting odds expert provides us with a Western Conference early update article. Read this informative article which is sure to aid you with some of your NHL futures bets.
Most Likely to Succeed
Chicago Blackhawks: There wasn’t any significant roster movement entering this season for a team that’s been to the Western Conference Finals the last 2-seasons, and won the 2013 Stanley Cup. They’re off to a solid 5-3 start, and have allowed an average of just 1.8 goals per game. It’s just a matter of time before the Blackhawks start scoring goals in bunches considering they’re #1 in the NHL averaging 38.0 shots on goal per game. Corey Crawford has firmly established himself as a proven big game goaltender over the past 4-seasons. In 4-starts this season, Crawford has a superb 1.66 GAA, and a stellar .926 save percentage.
Los Angeles Kings: What can you say about the Los Angeles Kings accomplishments over the last 3-seasons? During that time period, they’ve won 2 Stanley Cups, and advanced to the Western Conference Finals on all of those occasions. Similar to Chicago, the Kings front office has done a marvelous job of keeping this year’s roster virtually intact from the one that finished last spring as Stanley Cup champions.
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks finished last season at the top of the Western Conference regular season standings and advanced to the conference semifinals before be eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. This season’s team may be even better than the one from a year ago, and doesn’t appear to have any weaknesses that opponents can expose.
There for the Duration
Minnesota Wild: Last year was no fluke, the Wild are the real deal. They don’t have the talent level of the top three teams mentioned, but their disciplined defensive style, and speedy transition game, makes them an extremely tough team to play against. They’re currently allowing a paltry 1.0 goal per game, and have shutout the opposition in 3 of their first 6-games.
Dallas Stars: The Stars can be a very dangerous team to face come playoff time. They arguably possess one of the most underrated lineups in the NHL. If goaltender Kari Lehtonen can put together a huge year, this club that has the potential to make a deep playoff run.
Slow Start but Postseason Bound
St. Louis Blues: Maybe they can take a contrarian approach, and have an average regular season, and a terrific postseason. Unfortunately, the opposite of those scenarios have occurred in recent years, so I wouldn't consider them for NHL picks .
San Jose Sharks: The Sharks may still be suffering from an early season mental hangover, resulting from their monumental collapse in the 2014 Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Kings. There’s no question the superb talent level on this roster.
Colorado Avalanche: It’s been quite evident in the early going that the Avalanche isn’t going to catch any team by surprise this season. They’re nowhere near as good as the one that captured the Central Division title a season ago, and not as bad as their 2-7 record so far may indicate.
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