Woe Canada! Odds Against Canadian Team Ending Stanley Cup Drought

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 9:54 PM UTC

It’s a rough time to live in Canada. Sure, great health care, but the dollar is weak and no team from the country has won a Stanley Cup in 25 seasons. Will that change this year? Sports Interaction offers a prop.

If you live in the United States and follow sports, then you surely were outraged and embarrassed when the men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup – the only time most Americans care about the “world’s game”– following an inexplicable loss to little Trinidad & Tobago.

Frankly, that outrage/embarrassment was nothing compared to what Canadians felt when all seven of their NHL teams missed the Stanley Cup playoffs in the 2015-16 season. That was the first time every Canadian team missed the postseason since 1970, and hockey is Canada’s sport. You think it’s hard to get a ticket to a Golden State Warriors or Boston Red Sox or Green Bay Packers game? Try and get tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game.

The good news for Canada was that five of the seven made the playoffs last year: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, leaving Winnipeg and Vancouver on the outside looking in. The Senators made it the furthest of the teams, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in a double-overtime Game 7 of the East Finals.

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No Canadian team has won the Cup since Montreal in 1993 over a Los Angeles Kings club led by some player named Wayne Gretzky and coached by Barry Melrose. The last team to make the Stanley Cup Finals was Vancouver in 2011. The Canucks were up 2-0 and 3-2 in the series on the Bruins but were routed 5-2 in Boston in Game 6 and 4-0 at home in Game 7. It was almost as if the pressure of an entire country crushed that team.

So that brings me to a Sports Interaction prop:  Will any Canadian team win the Cup this year? Yes is +275 and no -455. Go ahead and forget about Vancouver, which is in a full-blown rebuild. Calgary and Winnipeg could sneak into the Western Conference playoffs but neither is winning four rounds. That leaves the Oilers from the West, and Maple Leafs, Senators and Canadiens from the East.

As of this writing, Toronto is the favorite to win both the East and the Cup at Bovada, one of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks that is hockey mad (like Sports Interaction; both are based in Canada). The Leafs look very strong thus far and have perhaps the best offensive team in the NHL led by second-year superstar Auston Matthews, the 2016-17 Calder Trophy winner. The American could add a Hart Trophy this season.

The Senators are what they always are: an overachieving bunch. They likely make the playoffs again and pull an upset or two but aren’t deep enough to win the Cup. The Canadiens have been a huge disappointment thus far, but you figure they turn it around behind one of the world’s best goalie in Carey Price. Probably not Cup-worthy, though.

The Oilers are co-favorites on the NHL futures to win the West with the Chicago Blackhawks even though Edmonton has gotten off to a sluggish start as well. The club isn’t scoring much yet, but when you have reigning Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid, you know that will change. Not sure Cam Talbot is a Cup-winning goalie, however.

I think it’s worth rolling the dice on yes here because both the Leafs and Oilers have the talent to get there. If not, then Canadians always have native son Sidney Crosby going for a threepeat.

Free NHL Pick: Yes +275Best Line Offered: Sports Interaction
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