The NHL just wrapped up its annual All-Star Weekend of festivities. Resuming play in the final week of January, it is time to get serious in this season’s quest to win the Stanley Cup.
The Tampa Bay Lighting ran away with things last season with 62 wins and 128 points in the regular season. They went on to get swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round of the playoffs.
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The St. Louis Blues were still buried in the Central Division standings coming off last year’s All-Star break. They turned on the jets over the final two months of the season and carried that momentum all the way to the 2019 Stanley Cup Championship.
Betting The Favorites
The top online sportsbooks taking action on this year’s odds to win a NHL title have recently updated the numbers based on current results and the money coming in.
The general consensus points to the Boston Bruins winning the Atlantic Division at -200 odds but the Lightning as +700 favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay has the same basic lineup as last season with the added incentive of making amends for one of the most dramatic collapses in NHL playoff history.
The second-favorite to win a second Stanley Cup in three seasons is the Washington Capitals at +800. This was a team that made a steady habit of crushing letdowns in the postseason until everything came together in the 2018 NHL playoffs.
So far this season, Washington has posted the most points in the NHL to add some solid value to those current betting odds.
The top three favorites on the list all reside in the Eastern Conference with Boston third at +850. The Bruins are one of the most balanced teams in the league this season but with major roadblocks like Tampa Bay and Washington standing in the way, some of the value is lost in their odds.
The Best of the Rest
The Central Division’s Colorado Avalanche are in a tooth-and-nail battle with St. Louis for the division title. Each team has the best odds to win the Stanley Cup from the Western Conference at +1200.
The Blues are the reining champs but Colorado has proven it deserves to be high on the list. One team will end up cancelling the other one out to lower the value in either pick.
The Pacific Division in the West runs rather deep with five teams within three points of one another. The Vancouver Canucks hold the slight lead with +1600 odds to win the Stanley Cup. Given just how tight things are in the entire conference, the top-valued pick at much longer +2500 odds could be the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers boast the top two point scorers in the NHL with Connor McDavid leading the list with 76 points followed closely by his teammate Leon Draisaitl with 75. Defense and goaltending is still an issue with this team with a goals-allowed average of 3.10.
This tends to derail teams in the playoffs. However, if the duo of Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith can get hot at the right time, there is some tremendous value in Edmonton’s long odds.
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