NHL Betting: Eastern Conference Updated Futures

PJ Laferla

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:00 PM GMT

With just about a 1/2 of a season already gone in this lockout shortened NHL campaign, let’s take a look at the top five teams in the Eastern Conference and their updated odds to win the Stanley Cup.

Eastern Conference Futures

Pittsburgh Penguins: 15/2

After 23 games played, the Penguins have 15 wins, 8 losses and 30 points, which has them as the top team on the NHL odds in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has won six of their ten home games and on the road they are an impressive 9-4 so far this season. The offense is averaging 3 ½ goals per game, which is ranked second best in the NHL and their 25.6% Power Play percentage is 3rd best in the league. If this continues, the Penguins look like a safe bet to reach the Stanley Cup Finals and could win it all this year.

Boston Bruins: 8/1

The Bruins have tallied 14 wins compared to just 3 losses, with another 3 OTL; and as a result have notched 31 points. They own a 6-3 record at home and 8-3 on the highway. Their Penalty Kill percentage is a staggering 91.6%, which is best in the NHL this season. Overall on defense, the Bruins are giving up an average 2.3 goals per game, which is good enough for 4th best in the league.  Right now, Boston is one of the elite teams in the NHL and is looking good on the odds boards for our NHL picks to win the Stanley Cup this year.

Montreal Canadians: 16/1

If ever a value bet was there for the taking it just might be the Canadians, who are off to a 14-5-4 start, with 32 points and in first place in the Northeast Division. They are among the top offensive teams in the league, with an average of 3.1 goals scored per game; and defensively they are only giving up an average of 2.6 goals per game, which is 9th best in the NHL this season. Sportsbooks such as Bovada have given the Canadians generous odds to win it all, but if this keeps up, they may regret the inflated line.

New York Rangers: 16/1

The Ranges have only produced a modest 11-8-2 record after 21 games played this season and have certainly failed to live up to their expectations to this point. They have only managed to win two games on the road all year, which could spell trouble for them when the playoffs roll around. However, if the Rangers find their grove, they can turn this around in a hurry and could become a dangerous team that could make a deep run in the postseason with a possible berth in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Carolina Hurricanes: 22/1

The Hurricanes are a hot team right now and are holding onto a first place lead in the Southeast Division, with a record of 13-8-1 after 22 games played so far this season. Their offense is ranked sixth best in the league, scoring an average of 3 goals per game, but I don’t see them beating teams like Pittsburgh and Boston down the stretch to win the Eastern Conference. If you like long shots, then they might be worth the risk, but Carolina will fade as we continue to move forward.

Check out our new update on the Western Conference here!