Our resident NHL consultant takes a look at the 2015 Stanley Cup future odds, and discloses three teams who he deems to have the best betting values.
New York Rangers (+2200)
After a slow start to the season the Rangers are coming on like gangbusters, and have started to resemble the defending Eastern Conference champions from a season ago. They’re currently 4th in the Metropolitan Division and have games in hand on the three teams they’re chasing. At this current pace, the Rangers are on schedule to finish with 105-points this season. Henrik Lundquist is one of the five top goaltenders in the world, and is capable of stealing games in the postseason that the Rangers otherwise wouldn’t deserve to win.
Montreal Canadiens (+1600)
The Canadiens reached the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, and this year’s team may even be a notch better. Currently they’re at the top of the Eastern Conference standing with 54-points. Despite their current standing, according to NHL odds there are three teams from the Eastern Conference alone, the major sportsbooks consider to have a better chance of winning the 2015 Stanley Cup. You need a top notch goaltender to win it all, and the Canadiens have one in Carey Price. As a matter of fact, part of the reason for their loss to the Rangers in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals was due to Price being sidelined with an injury. Barring a similar occurrence, Montreal will be a major player during the upcoming postseason.
Los Angeles Kings (+1200)
You would’ve thought the sportsbooks had learned their lesson in regards to the Kings. They’ve won two of the previous three Stanley Cups, and have been to the Western Conference Finals in each of the last three years. During that three year successful run, they’ve done nothing to woe you during the regular season, and then have the innate ability as a team to ratchet up their game at playoff time. The Kings roster has stayed virtually intact from the one that won the 2014 Stanley Cup. At these current odds, they’re worth at least a flyer, and are a terrific value as a NHL pick in my professional opinion.