NHL Picks: 2015-16 Stanley Cup Odds Breakdown

Swinging Johnson

Friday, July 3, 2015 4:13 PM GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks may still be celebrating their Stanley Cup victory but we are already turning our attention to the NHL odds for next season. Let’s see what the odds makers are offering and see if we can find value in our NHL picks.

Swinger’s Super Six

Chicago Blackhawks - Not surprisingly the usual suspects at the end of the long, arduous NHL grind are the favorites heading into next season.  The Chicago Blackhawks are mighty chalky at +650 and probably should be after winning the Cup three times over the past six years including last season. However, it’s a grueling 82-game schedule and the Hawks will have a target on their collective backs.

 

Tampa Bay Lightning - The Lightning at +900 may have a bit of betting cachet after a season that saw them rack up 108 points, clinch the Eastern Conference Championship and give the Hawks a spirited Stanley Cup challenge before bowing 4-2.  This young team now has the experience they lacked and should be good for another strong run into the postseason.

 

Anaheim Ducks - Let’s not overlook the Anaheim Ducks who the NHL odds makers are pegging at +800 to hoist the holy grail of professional hockey. The Ducks have an offense punctuated by Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kessler and Jakob Silfverberg but were surprisingly impotent on the man-advantage converting on only 15% of their opportunities ranking near the cellar of NHL teams. They will need to improve that percentage dramatically if they are to contend.

 

Washington Capitals - One team that had no problem putting the puck in the net when handed a power play opportunity was the Washington Capitals last season with a 25% conversion rate.  Anytime a team is able to suit up a talent like Alex Overchkin then the goals will come early and often.  The Caps have a solid netminder in Brandon Holtby and all they need is their penalty killing unit to be a bit sturdier and this team could make some real noise. Plenty of value for those who believe there will be a Cup in DC in the very near future at +1800.

 

New York Rangers - Let’s never overlook the Broadway Blueshirts as Stanley Cup contenders especially when the team boasts one of the most perennially prolific goaltenders in Henrik Lundqvist with an able understudy in Cam Talbot. Oh wait, Talbot was just dealt to the Oilers, classy veteran Martin St. Louis retired and the Presidents Trophy winners are strapped for cash.  It may not be the best time to plunk your money down on a team that could lack depth next season particularly when you consider the NHL odds of only +900. However they are still too deep to count out.

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Pittsburgh Penguins – As if the Penguins didn’t already have their fair share of offensive superstars they went out and added former Maple Leaf Phil Kessel to their arsenal.  But I’ve said it before and I will say it again, as long as Marc-Andre Fleury is tending the twine they can forget about a Stanley Cup in the Steel City. But to be fair he did have a .920 save percentage during the regular season and an even better .927 in the postseason. Nevertheless he was 1-4 in the playoffs and has a penchant for letting in the softies.

 

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