SBR's expert NHL handicapper Dana Lane gives you a few gaming related thoughts as the season heads into its last weekend of action.
We focus on who I think will win the Stanley Cup with most of those teams being the typical suspects like the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals but who are the teams that are not mentioned as real cup contenders but could surprise with an attractive futures return.
Boston Bruins 28-1 (Bovada)
Back and forth is the best way to describe my relationship with the Boston Bruins. There was a time when I was ready to anoint the B’s a real Eastern Conference contender. I’m not there now with Bruce Cassidy’s team but if they win their last two games I may be in a mood to give them a power rating boost. Boston is second in the league with 33.3 shots per game with more of those shots finding the back of the net under Cassidy.
Toronto Maple Leafs 28-1 (Bovada)
At 28-1 you get one of the best offensive teams in the league. The Leafs average 3.04 goals per game (5th). The make-up of the Leafs is one that has all the makings of a team that can make noise for many seasons to come. They’re dealing with a few injuries which is hurting their depth but worth a futures look if they get in the postseason, which is still in question with games against Pittsburgh and Columbus while the Islanders face New Jersey and Ottawa.
Edmonton Oilers 16-1 (Bovada)
I have the Edmonton Oilers as the highest rated Western Conference team so at 16-1 this future is beckoning. While the Oilers are known for their offensive capabilities, its their defense that has steadily improved. Over the last month of play the Oilers have allowed just 31 goals in their last 13 games, 5th over that time.
Don’t give up on the Minnesota Wild even though they are 5-9-2 in their last 16 games. During that time they still are averaging over 32 shots per game and Devan Dubnyk s starting to find his groove again. Dubnyk went into Thursday match-up with the Avalanche winning two straight games with number three likely considering the opponent.