NHL Picks: Stanley Cup Undervalued Teams Futures

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, January 24, 2015 4:21 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 4:21 PM GMT

Our NHL consultant discloses his two NHL teams that he deems to be undervalued in respect to their Stanley Cup future odds. Join us in reading his insightful observations on both these two clubs.

Stanley Cup Future Odds Undervalued Teams
I’ll being discussing two NHL teams that I considered to be undervalued in respect to their current Stanley Cup futures odds. As I alluded to in my article regarding overvalued teams, these opinions aren’t implying that I believe either of these clubs will be one of my favorites to win the Stanley Cup come April. My opinions are more reflective of each team’s current odds in comparison to their present performance level.

 

Montreal Canadiens (+1200)
My loyal following at SBR's NHL Picks are well aware of the fact that I’ve been on the Montreal bandwagon since the season began. There’s not a heck of lot that’s occurred in the first half of the season that leads me to change my mind. Quite honestly, I’m a bit baffled by the fact that the major sportsbooks consider the Boston Bruins to be more of a favorite at +1200, than the Canadiens who are currently listed at +1400 on the NHL odds. After all, Montreal is four points ahead of Boston in the standings, and additionally they possess three games in hand on the Bruins. This is a Canadiens team which is #4 in the NHL allowing just 2.3 goals per game. Carey Price has proven to be one of the top goaltenders in the world in recent years, and he’s done nothing to tarnish that reputation during the first half of the season. P.K. Subban is budding into superstar status on defense, and the penalty killing units of the Canadiens have been outstanding.

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Vancouver Canucks (+4500)
This is certainly a long shot in terms of a team that realistically can win it all. However, in respect to just pure value, you would be hard pressed to crunch the numbers and find any team that equals the Canucks in that regards. Vancouver is currently 7th overall in the West, and has played the least amount of games in the conference. The offseason free agent acquisition of veteran goaltender Ryan Miller will make them a tough out for any team come postseason time. Although Miller’s entire body of work this season isn’t overly impressive, he’s really found his groove the past few weeks. In his last eleven starts, Miller has an excellent .950 save percentage, and posted two shutouts. The Canucks are currently #2 in the entire NHL killing off 88.3% of opponents power plays against them.

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