Our sports betting expert analyzes and breaks down the 2014-2015 Stanley Cup futures. Read this informative betting odds article that concludes with free picks on the Western Conference, Eastern Conference, a sleeper, and Stanley Cup champion.
2014-2015 Stanley Cup Futures Odds
The NHL season just culminated this past Friday, and it’s never too early to look at next season’s NHL Stanley Cup futures to attempt to isolate future values. The odds for each the 30 NHL teams at the time of this writing are all are listed below.
Odds to Win 2014-2015 Stanley Cup
Penguins 10 -1
Rangers 15 -1
Red Wings 15-1
Blue Jackets 30-1
Maple Leafs 50-1
The Early Favorites
The two early favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2015 are the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, who are both listed at identical 7-1 odds. Ironically these two teams met in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals in which Chicago prevailed in the series by a 4-2 margin. Chicago advanced to the 2014 Western Conference Finals where they lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in 7-games. Boston was the winner of the 2013-2014 President’s Trophy awarded annually to the team who accumulates the most points during the NHL regular season. The Bruins were upset in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 7-games by the Montreal Canadiens.
The Minnesota Wild is a team to keep an eye out for in the upcoming season. They’re currently listed at 14-1 odds, and at this early stage, look to be a terrific value. They will be especially a serious threat if they add a top-notch goaltender in free agency, or get any kind of significant improvement from a player in their current organizational structure in that regard. The Wild showed they would be a team to be reckoned with during this past postseason. They upset the Colorado Avalanche in their first round series, and then gave Chicago all they can handle before losing in 6-games during the Western Conference Semifinals.
The New York Rangers surprised many including myself by advancing to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. Granted they lost to the Los Angles Kings by a 4-1, but the series was a lot close than the final margin would indicate. Each of their 3 losses on the road in that series came in overtime, and 2 of those went double overtime. With a year of Alain Vigneault’s system in place, and a talented core of returning players returning, I highly doubt that you will get any better than the current 15-1 odds the Rangers are listed as.
Western Conference: Chicago Blackhawks 7-1
Eastern Conference: New York Rangers 15:1
Sleeper: Minnesota Wild 14-1
Stanley Cup Champion: Chicago