2017 Stanley Cup Odds & Picks

2017 Stanley Cup Odds & Picks

2017 Stanley Cup Odds & Picks

With the 2016-17 NHL trade deadline firmly in the rear-view mirror, hockey betting buffs everywhere need to know which teams have the best chance to bring home this season’s Stanley Cup championship hardware. To that end, I’m offering up a look at the latest NHL Stanley Cup championship odds along with  few picks on just what I like to take place this postseason.

With that said, let’s get started.

2017 Stanley Cup Odds & Picks

2016-17 Stanley Cup Odds
TEAM OPENING ODDS UPDATED ODDS
Washington Capitals 8-1 6-1
Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 7
Pittsburgh Penguins 8-1 7
San Jose Sharks 12-1 7
Montreal Canadiens 14-1 8
Minnesota Wild 20-1 8
Columbus Blue Jackets 30-1 12
Anaheim Ducks 12-1 12
New York Rangers 25-1 16
Edmonton Oilers 30-1 18
St. Louis Blues 14-1 20
Nashville Predators 25-1 25
Los Angeles Kings 12-1 30
Tampa Bay Lightning 12-1 30
Boston Bruins 30-1 30
Ottawa Senators 50-1 40
Dallas Stars 12-1 50
Florida Panthers 14-1 50
Toronto Maple Leafs 100-1 50
Calgary Flames 60-1 60
Philadelphia Flyers 40-1 60
New York Islanders 30-1 100
Carolina Hurricanes 100-1 200
Vancouver Canucks 100-1 200
Winnipeg Jets 60-1 300
Buffalo Sabres 80-1 300
Detroit Red Wings 40-1 300
New Jersey Devils 100-1 300
Arizona Coyotes 80-1 5000
Colorado Avalanche 60-1 5000

The Favorite To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup Championship – Washington Capitals 6/1

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (42-13-7) are prohibitive favorites to win their first Stanley Cup title after falling just short a year ago and I say rightfully so, seeing as how they’ve been the best team in all of hockey all season long. The Caps have put together the league’s best record and rank a stellar third in scoring (3.3 gpg) and an equally impressive first in defense (2.1 gpg). The Caps have more offensive firepower than any team in the league with Nicklas Backstrom (64 points), Ovechkin (54 points) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (50 points) all ranking in the top 20 in points. Not only that, but after their Eastern Conference failure against Pittsburgh last season, the Caps have more than enough motivation.

The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup Championship – Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (38-15-8) are downright explosive offensively as they rank first in scoring by putting up a stellar 3.5 goals per game. While Pittsburgh has been mediocre in ranking 17th in goals allowed this season (2.8 gpg), they’ve also got three players amongst the league leaders in Crosby (67 points 2nd), fellow center Evgeni Malkin (62 points) and right winger Phil Kessel (56 points). The bottom line for the Pens is that they can and will outscore just about everyone en route to what looks like another Eastern Conference Finals appearance at the very least.

The Value Pick To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup Championship – Minnesota Wild 8/1

Maybe it’s me, but I’m a bit stunned that the Minnesota Wild (41-14-6) seem to be getting overlooked by hockey pundits everywhere. Minnesota has been pretty phenomenal this season in ranking second in scoring (3.4 gpg) and an equally impressive fourth in defense (2.4 gpg). Centers Mikael Granlund (55 points) and Mikko Koivu (46 points) are among the best scorers in the league this season while goalie Devan Dubnyk has been rock-solid in ranking first in wins (32) and second in goals-against-average (2.01).

The Longshot To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup Championship – Edmonton Oilers 18/1

The Oilers (34-22-8) may not be overpowering the rest of the league this season, but they’re pretty damned good and have the best scorer in the league in gifted center Connor McDavid (72 points). Edmonton ranks a solid 11th in scoring (2.8 gpg) and even more impressive eighth in goals allowed (2.5 gpg). Better yet, the mostly young Oilers have proven they can win anywhere as their 19-12-5 road record suggests.