The 2017 NHL Playoffs are set. Chicago and Washington are the favorites. But, as is always the case in the National Hockey League, smart plays and value plays are abundant. Who do I like as my smart play this year? What about my value play? Is there a long shot that deserves some love this season?
2017 Stanley Cup Odds & Picks
- Washington Capitals +445
- Chicago Blackhawks +445
- Pittsburgh Penguins +845
- Minnesota Wild +870
- Columbus Blue Jackets +995
- Montreal Canadiens +1225
- San Jose Sharks +1300
- Anaheim Ducks +1475
- NY Rangers +1475
- Edmonton Oilers +1775
- Calgary Flames +2350
- Nashville Predators +2350
- Boston Bruins +2650
- Ottawa Senators +2850
- St. Louis Blues +3050
- Toronto Maple Leafs +3050
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, +445
The Blackhawks and Capitals started the season out as Stanley Cup favorites. After the entire regular season, they remain Stanley Cup favorites. Chicago more than Washington figures to garner much love in Vegas.
But, the Blackhawks have a dicey first series against the tough Nashville Predators. If they beat the Preds, they battle either the Blues or Wild in Round 2. It’s not setting up as Chicago’s year.
Washington could have some trouble as well. The Caps play the young, eager, Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 1. If they could get through Round 1, they’d most likely battle Pittsburgh in Round 2. Pittsburgh beat Washington in last season’s playoffs.
Both the Caps and the Blackhawks are underlays to win the Stanley Cup at less than +500 odds.
The Smart Pick To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadians, +1225
The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Columbus Blue Jackets are all in the same bracket. Two of those teams should lose before Montreal faces the winner in the finals to get to the Stanley Cup.
That’s good news for Montreal fans. The Canadians started out this season as the hottest in NHL. They’ve cooled down since then. They’re still one of the likeliest winners of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With a home record of 24-12-4-1 and a road record of 23-14-3-1, Montreal figures to put in a top run to Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Value Bet To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup: San Jose Sharks +1300
Last season’s Stanley Cup participant from the Western Conference could easily be this season’s Stanley Cup participants. The Sharks battle Edmonton and then Calgary or Anaheim before facing off against one of the top Central Division teams in the Western Conference Finals.
I think San Jose has been playing possum during the regular season. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer knows how to get his team ready for the NHL Playoffs. I like the Sharks at the odds.
The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup: St. Louis Blues +3050
The St. Louis Blues offer the most upside as a long shot. If the Blues can get by Minnesota in Round 1, they could upset Chicago in Round 2. After all, St. Louis beat Chicago in the playoffs last season. Then, it’s a battle versus one of the Pacific teams, none of which have a decided advantage over St. Louis.
I can’t look past St. Louis getting it done in the parity pro league at over 30 to 1 odds.