Stanley Cup And Conference Predictions: Bruins Beasts Of The East

Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:51 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 4:51 PM UTC

Thanks to a monumental upset in the opening round, the Boston Bruins will take the Prince Of Wales Trophy!  

<p>The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us and that means it's time for some predictions! This is my first time forecasting the best playoff tournament in sports for SBR (sorry March Madness but talk to me when you do it on skates and for two months!) and I hope I can win you some money for the summer with some likely and not so likely predictions. From favorites to dark horses to longshots, I'll give you my takes.</p><p>In this first installment of playoff previews, I tell you who will come out of the Eastern Conference. However, as I pointed out above, I'll give you some futures that may be worth a small wager.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Eastern Conference </strong></h2><ul> <li>Tampa Bay Lightning +140</li> <li>Boston Bruins +500</li> <li>Washington Capitals +600</li> <li>New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs +1000</li> <li>Carolina Hurricanes +1200</li> <li>Columbus Blue Jackets +1600</li></ul><p><strong>Odds are from <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">BetOnline</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🎥VIDEO🎥&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NHLBruins&lt;/a&gt; F David Krejci \"Loves Everything\" About His Team!&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@betonline_ag&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@teamonein100&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Watch here: &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;6 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>After winning the President's Trophy as the league's best regular season team and tying the NHL record for wins with 62, the Tampa Bay Lightning are the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NHL Odds Board">odds on favorite to win the Stanley Cup</a>. Many are mentioning this team in the same breath as the Red Wings dynasty teams of the late nineties and mid-2000's with the obvious tie in being former Red Wings captain and hall of famer Steve Yzerman, who as GM of the Lightning from May 2010 until September 2018, constructed this juggernaut of an NHL roster and prospect system for the Bolts.</p><p>There is no doubt that <a href="" target="_blank" title="The 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning Are The Best Hockey Team Ever Assembled">this has been a historic season in Tampa Bay</a> and no one could possibly blame you for taking the Lightning based on that, but this core group in Tampa, in the opinion of this humble hockey scribe is just not built to win the Stanley Cup. They caved under the heavy game of the Capitals at home in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final last spring and I'm here to tell you not only will they not advance to the Stanley Cup final for the third time in franchise history, but like some of those Red Wings dynasty squads they are about to fall victim to one of the biggest upsets in not just Stanley Cup Playoffs history but in sports history. The heavily favored Lightning will be gone after round 1 as the biggest underdog in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets (+290 to win series), will upset the majority pick to hoist the Cup! We will examine that more in our series prediction piece, <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NHL Picks">but there is your longshot</a>, upset special from me!</p><p>As a result of the Blue Jackets pulling off the monster upset, the Boston Bruins - who will once again beat the Toronto Maple Leafs - will become the favorite in the Eastern Conference (currently +500) and as they did in 2011 and 2013, the core of Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and David Krejci will play for Lord Stanley out of the East. The BJ's are obviously the longshot at 1600 and worth a nice little future wager, but good value is on the B's!</p><p><strong>Other potential value picks:</strong></p><ul> <li>Capitals at +600 and Penguins at +1000</li></ul><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank" title="For Second Time In Three Years, Preds Win The West"><strong>Also read our article on Western Conference Predictions</strong></a></p>
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