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2018 Stanley Cup Picks

2018 Stanley Cup Picks

The Pittsburgh Penguins had barely enough time to lift the Stanley Cup before odds for 2018 were posted. The Pens broke a 19-year-old curse. No team had repeated as Stanley Cup favorites since 1997 and 1998. For their effort, Pitt has been installed as the 8/1 chalk to secure the three-peat.

Keep reading for my picks to win the 2018 Stanley Cup.

2018 Stanley Cup Picks

The Favorite Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1 

The Pens beat Nashville 4 to 2 in the 2017 Stanley Cup. It was a dynamite performance by Pittsburgh who went through the tough Washington Capitals on their way to back-to-back Cup wins.

But, if Pitt thought winning back-to-back Cups was tough, wait until they try for a three-peat. The last team to win 3 in a row were the New York Islanders. The Islanders won 4 in a row in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983. For Pittsburgh to win 3 in a row, we’d have to call them a dynasty. I’m not ready to do that. I think 2 in a row is all they get.

The Smart Pick: Edmonton Oilers 10/1 

I believe things could set up nicely for Edmonton next season. With a 47-26-4-5 record, the Oilers finished second in the Pacific to Anaheim. After beating San Jose, the defending Western Conference Champions, in 6 games in the playoffs, Edmonton pushed the Anaheim Ducks to 7 games. Edmonton ranked in the Top 10 in goals scored, shots, and power play percentage. On defense, they ranked in the Top 10 in goals against, shots against, and shutouts.

Goalie Cam Talbot had 42 wins and 7 shutouts during the season. I think Edmonton could make moves in a rather pedestrian Pacific Division in 2018.

The Longshot Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets 20/1

The Columbus Blue Jackets seemingly came out of nowhere this season. The Blue Jackets ended the season with a 50-24-6-2 record. They finished third in the Metropolitan Division behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. The Blue Jackets won as many games on the season, 50, as the Pens did.

Pitt beat Columbus in 5 games during the NHL Playoffs. During the regular season, the Blue Jackets went 2 and 2 against Pittsburgh. They can build on that. They can also build on their excellent defense, which yielded 2.4 goals per match.

Columbus averages 3.0 goals per match. Don’t sleep on the Blue Jackets to be the team that comes up big in 2018.   

Other 2018 Stanely Cup Odds

The Predators are 14-1 to win next year’s title, along with the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars. The Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are next at 20-1, heading into what could be an intriguing offseason, especially in Washington, D.C.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights, at 200-1, are the biggest longshots to win next year’s Stanley Cup. 

Top Baseball Bets June 12 - 18

Top Baseball Bets June 12 – 18

My best bets of the week start on Friday, June 16. Max Scherzer, the third fastest pitcher to 2,000 career strikeouts, heads to Citi Field in New York to battle the Mets. Can the Mets hold down the future hall of fame pitcher?

On Saturday, I like Arizona vs Philadelphia. Who wins when the worst team in MLB faces off against one of the best? I finish up the week with Boston and Houston. Will Boston’s David Price get the job done versus the best team in the AL?

Top Baseball Bets June 12 – 18

Washington at New York Mets
When:  Friday, June 16 at 1:00 pm ET
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers: WAS-Max Scherzer vs NYM-Robert Gsellman

Analysis: Scherzer’s got 124 strikeouts this season from only 90.1 innings pitched. He’s been a fantastic pitcher, again, for Washington. His 2.36 ERA and .84 WHIP are near the top in the NL. Versus the Mets, Scherzer’s been great. He’s allowed 59 hits from 264 at-bats. That’s a .223 batting average.

Do Robert Gsellman and the Mets have any shot on Friday? Gsellman’s 4.95 ERA, and 1.46 WHIP says no. He’s faced Washington batters 28 times. The Nats have 10 hits off Gsellman. He’s also walked 3 National batters. The average is .357.

Washington remains one of the best teams in MLB. I see them beating the Mets by at least 2 runs.

Pick: New York Mets run line

Arizona at Philadelphia
When:  Saturday, June 17 at 4:05 pm ET
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Listed Pitchers: AZ-Robbie Ray vs PHI-Jerad Eickhoff

Analysis: Arizona’s Robbie Ray has had decent success versus Philadelphia. The Phillies only bat .246 against Ray. He’s struck out 18 Philly batters from 61 at-bats. That’s not bad at all.

Philadelphia counters Ray with Jerrad Eickhoff. Eickhoff has a 5.15 ERA, and a 1.53 WHIP. He’s 0-7 on the season while Ray is 7-3. Ray also has a 2.62 ERA to go along with a 1.07 WHIP.

It’s difficult to see Philly doing much against Ray and the D’Backs on Saturday. Here’s another run line wager.

Pick: Arizona run line

Boston at Houston
When:  Sunday, June 18 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers: BOS-David Price vs HOU-Joe Musgrove

Analysis: Joe Musgrove is scheduled to start on Monday, June 12. Check out how he does that day. He goes into the game off the 10-Day disabled list.

It may not matter. Boston has made a move to get within 4 games of the New York Yankees in the NL East. The Red Sox hit Musgrove well. They’ve got a .265 batting average against Boston’s listed starter.

Red Sox listed starter David Price hasn’t gotten into a rhythm yet. He allowed only 3 hits and 1 earned run versus Baltimore on June 3. 5-days later versus the Yankees, Price allowed 6 earned runs off 8 hits. Which Price shows up on June 18?

Maybe, not the good one. I expect Price and the Red Sox to be slight favorites in this match up. I like Houston on the moneyline.

Pick:  Houston moneyline