SBR NHL analyst Ross Benjamin discusses updated Stanley Cup futures odds. He also gives brief opinions on the Stanley Cup chances of 10 NHL teams.
Washington is again one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Nevertheless, I can’t pull the trigger on a team at this low of NHL betting odds, and that’s shown no recent history of playoff success. As a matter of fact, Washington has been recognized more for their postseason failures than its alternative. Last year they won the President’s Trophy after amassing 120 regular season points, and then proceeded to be eliminated by Pittsburgh in 6-games during the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Chicago Blackhawks (+450)
Chicago has won the Stanley Cups 3 times and advanced the Western Conference Finals on 4 occasions since 2010. They accomplished all those feats all under current head coach Joel Quenneville. In what I consider to be a down year for the Western Conference, Chicago is the cream of the crop from where I sit.
Pittsburgh Penguins (+600)
The core group of players from the 2016 Stanley Cup winning team remained intact. Nonetheless, recent Stanley Cup Playoff history doesn’t favor Pittsburgh. There have been just 2 teams that have repeated as champions over the past 25 years. Ironically enough, one of those teams was the Mario Lemieux led Penguins in 1992. The last team to turn the trick was Detroit in 1998.Minnesota Wild (+800)
At the time of this writing, Minnesota had gone 4-12 over their last 16 games. This will be their 5th straight playoff appearance, and they’ve failed to advance beyond the 2nd round in each of the past 4 years.
Columbus Blue Jackets (+1050)
You may want to seriously consider using Columbus for one of your NHL picks to win the Stanley Cup, and especially so at these current odds. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has played magnificently for over 2 weeks now, and he’s acquitted himself very well during his career at a postseason time. Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay while serving in the same capacity back in 2004. This is a Blue Jackets club very capable of going on a torrid winning run, and that’s proven by their franchise record 17-game win streak earlier this season.
Montreal Canadiens (+1150)
Ever since Claude Julien took over as head coach late in the season, Montreal has played with a renewed vigor. Besides, anytime a team possesses a world class goaltender like Carey Price they can never be counted out. You can do a lot worse than betting on Montreal at these enticing NHL futures odds.
New York Rangers (+1400)
I was very high on the Rangers Stanley Cup chances about a month ago, after all, they were by far the best road team in hockey, and that goes along way at playoff time. Entering games played on Sunday 4/2, the Rangers had lost 8 straight home games, and goaltender Henrik Lundquist was horrible in 3 starts since returning from an injury. I’m staying away from “The Blue Shirts” at this point.
Edmonton Oilers (+1600)
The Oilers are a very entertaining team to watch, but still a year or two away from being a serious Stanley Cup contender.
San Jose Sharks (+1800)
The Sharks finally got over the hump last year and reached their first Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. Theoretically, that experience should provide dividends this time around. Nevertheless, at this specific juncture (4/2), San Jose had dropped 8 of its previous 9 games.Boston Bruins (+2000)
Despite Boston not clinching a playoff spot yet, there’s betting value to be had on the Bruins with all being considered. The Bruins are currently on a 4-game win streak while outscoring their opponents by a cumulative score of 13-4. It will all depend on the play of goaltender Tuukku Rask as to how far Boston can go.
Best of the Rest
- St. Louis Blues (+220)
- Calgary Flames (+2400)
- Nashville Predators (+2500)
- Ottawa Senators (+3500)
Note: All NHL betting odds provided in this article are courtesy of Bookmaker.