Stars To Shine As Odds Favorites To Win The Western Conference Title

Dana Lane

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016 5:00 PM GMT

Let's take a look at the Western Conference Standings, and the best sportsbooks for postseason Stanley Cup bets, as we try to find the best betting value in the NHL Odds. 

The postseason is upon us and the the Western Conference is as much of a toss-up as trying to figure out who was going to win the Pacific Division. First when you are looking to place a future wager to win the conference or the cup don't base your choice on who has odds that will pay the most.  You do not get paid based on making a bet on a team that wins two rounds.  Moral victories are losers so instead handicap teams before you glance at the odds.  You goal is to pick the Stanley Cup winner so why would it be important to know the odds first.  Pick your winner and then shop for your best odds.  

Top Of The Stack
In the West the Dallas Stars opens up against the Minnesota Wild who will be without Zach Parise their leading goal scorer.  John Torchetti had a nice run and should be satisfied with making the playoffs but beating the Stars four times isn't going to happen.  The Stars will return over +1000 on NHL odds with a Cup run which is more likely if their goaltending becomes a strength. 

 


The Matchups
The St. Louis Blues haven't been past the second round in 15 years so why would I go against the Hawks Championship pedigree.  The Blues have dropped 8 of their last 10 quarterfinal games.  The status of top center David Backes is a concern for the Blues.  He missed the last three games of the regular season and didn't skate Monday.  I'll side with Chicago and their pedigree even though their odds are are overvalued are overvalued at 8/1. 

The Anaheim Ducks will easily dispose of Nashville but their second round match-up will leave them with a date against either Los Angeles or San Jose.  I know the hockey world cringes when I say this but I don't see the Ducks getting by their second round opponent.  Not enough offense for my liking.  I like the Sharks to come out of this side of the bracket and at 11/1 this could be a secondary play.  

In round two you have Dallas against Chicago and Anaheim against San Jose.  Of these teams Dallas is my focus especially if Tyler Seguin makes a return.  They are 4.5/1 to win the West, co-favorites in the West.  This is one of the rare times where both Kari Lehtonen and Annti Niemi are playing well.  Niemi will start game one due to his spectacular 1.76 goals against average in his last four games could with his sparkling .943 save percentage.  

The playoffs are always about identifying who is the hot team at the time.  With Dallas winning 8 of their last 10 along with both goaltenders peaking at the right time I think Dallas at 4.5/1 is the team I'm backing in the West.  

So now that you completely disagree with me where should you place your bets.

 

The Betting Window
At SBR we only recommend A+ sportsbooks so here are a few and what they offer the consumer. 

Bookmaker has been one of the most recommended on-line sportsbook by our reviewers mostly because they bend over backwards to make it easy for players in the United States to find action.  Not an endorsement to break any laws but those are the facts. Bookmaker has also been known to take larger bets. 

Bovada, formerly known as BoDog, is a site I have first hand knowledge about.  They were always fair to me and most impressive was the speed of their payouts. 

Heritage and BetOnline are two books that are for having the lowest juice on hockey. Shopping in huge over the course of a year where serious players know that finding that best numbers can save you thousands. Bookmaker, JustBetBetDSI and Betonline generally have the earliest number which will aid you in getting an uncompromising line. 

All books that are featured on the SBR odds page are A rated and can be used with confidence when placing your NHL picks.

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