Teams Over-Valued with NHL Odds for Stanley Cup Futures

Ross Benjamin

Monday, January 5, 2015 6:20 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 6:20 PM GMT

We’ll examine the 2015 Stanley Cup Future odds, and determine who we deem to be overvalued teams at this particular juncture. We have three teams that fit the bill in that regards, and find out exactly why that’s the case.

Overvalued Teams on 2015 Stanley Cup Futures

Boston Bruins (+1200)
This selection seems a bit contradictory since I considered the Bruins to be one of my Eastern Conference favorites prior to the beginning of the 2014-2015 regular season campaign. They’ve been way too inconsistent for my liking thus far, and I’m starting to feel like this is a team on the decline more than the alternative. As a matter of fact, if the season were to end today, the Bruins wouldn’t even qualify for the playoffs. Yet somehow, the major sportsbooks consider them to be the 5th best favorite in the entire NHL to capture the 2015 Stanley Cup. At this juncture, I would highly advise staying away from a wager on Boston at these current odds, or until they’re at least an absolute lock to at least be part of the 2015 NHL postseason.

 

New York Islanders (+1000)
There’s no denying how impressive the Islanders have been this season so far. After all, they’re tied with Pittsburgh for the lead in the Metropolitan Division, and are just one point behind the two leaders (Montreal, Tampa Bay) for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. However, they’ve allowed 109-goals in 39-games, and that ranks 7th out of the 8-teams that would currently qualify for playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Kudos to Jaroslav Halak who’s done a solid job in goal for the Islanders, but he lacks the pedigree to suggest he can carry a team at playoff time. There’s no value at these current odds to wager on a team which is very suspect defensively.

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St. Louis Blues (+1200 at Bodog)
I know this will sound like I’m talking out of both sides of my mouth, but I really like the talent level on this St. Louis Blues roster, and quite frankly have been very entertained when watching them play this season. However, this is a franchise that has a recent history of being a regular season tiger, and then goes out like a lamb early in the postseason process. Personally, I have a hard time on pulling the trigger on a club which has consistently made an early exit from the playoffs, until they’ve proven to me they can make a deep postseason run. Besides, we’re talking about a team relying on rookie Jake Allen to shoulder the majority of the load in goal, and signed 42-year old Martin Brodeur as an insurance policy in case the youngster falters at crunch time. There are too many question marks for me to place a NHL pick with confidence on the Blues, and especially at these odds.

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