Odds & Picks Stanley CupJosh Bailey
With the start of the 2017 NHL season here, hockey betting enthusiasts everywhere need to know which teams stand the best chances of cashing in on their season-long and value-packed NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds.
Odds & Picks Stanley Cup
Will it be the Sidney Crosby and the prohibitive favorite Pittsburgh Penguins that pull off the rare three-peat or will some other legitimate title contender or even a longshot title hopeful, rise up to beat out the Pens to bring home the Stanley Cup hardware this coming season?
2017 Stanley Cup Odds
- Pittsburgh Penguins +750
- Edmonton Oilers +800
- Chicago Blackhawks +1200
- Washington Capitals +1400
- Tampa Bay Lightning +1400
- Anaheim Ducks +1400
- Nashville Predators +1400
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1400
- Dallas Stars +1400
- Minnesota Wild +1800
- New York Rangers +1800
- Montreal Canadiens +2000
- Columbus Blue Jackets +2000
- Los Angeles Kings +2200
- Boston Bruins +2500
- San Jose Sharks +2500
- Calgary Flames +2500
- St. Louis Blues +2800
- Ottawa Senators +4000
- Florida Panthers +4000
- New York Islanders +5000
- Philadelphia Flyers +5000
- Winnipeg Jets +5000
- Buffalo Sabres +5000
- Carolina Hurricanes +5000
- Detroit Red Wings +10000
- Arizona Coyotes +10000
- Colorado Avalanche +10000
- New Jersey Devils +10000
- Vancouver Canucks +10000
- Las Vegas Golden Knights +10000
The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins +800
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (50-21-6-5) are the prohibitive favorites, but I’ve got to be honest I just don’t see it happening for the Pens three straight years in a row although I’d be lying if I said they don’t have a chance.
Pittsburgh will still be plenty dangerous offensively as long as Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all stay healthy, and that’s a bit of a big if to me, seeing as how Crosby is about ‘due’ to get injured in my mind.
While the Penguins made a couple of nice addition by bringing in right-winger Ryan Reaves, defenseman Matt Hunwick and goalie Antti Niemi. I think they’re going to feel the losses of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and second line center Nick Bonino more they they’re expecting to. Again, right now, I don;t see it happening, but I’ll admit that I didn’t see them get past Washington a year ago either!
The Smart Pick To Win The Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers +1000
At this point, the Edmonton Oilers remind me a bit of the same Oilers team that cam together when Wayne Gretzky was leading the way to multiple titles along with guys like Jarri Kurri, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier. 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid led the NHL in scoring with an even 100 points and is a flat-out superstar now while fellow center Leon Draisaitl (77 points) isn’t very far behind.
I like the addition of veteran forward Ryan Strome and I’m thinking goalie Cam Talbot has a chance to become arguably the best net-minder in the game at some point in the near future
“We expect ourselves to have a good team and do what we did last year," McDavid said as the Oilers opened training camp. "We expect ourselves to have a good year. Other people do too. I guess that’s the only difference [from last season], that outside expectation."
The Oilers could use more depth and will need to avoid injuries to their star players, but right now, I’m thinking the sky is the limit for this team after they finished eighth in scoring (3.0 gpg) and identical eighth in goals allowed a year ago (2.5 gpg).
The Longshot Pick To Win The Stanley Cup: Nashville Predators +1400
A lot of hockey ‘experts’ may think that Nashville’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals was a bit of a fluke after they won a modest 41 games during the regular season, but I don’t. While some hockey analysts think that goalie Pekka Rinne is more average than elite at age 34, but I disagree on that point as well seeing how well he played last season when it mattered most. I like the addition of former Penguins center Nick Bonino, not to mention the return of veteran left winger Scott Hartnell.
Nashville has a trio of star defensemen in Roman Josi, Mattias and especially P.K. Subban and I believe they can only get better after finishing a modest 11th in scoring (2.9 gpg) as I expect wingers Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson to improve this coming season after both lighting the lamp 31 times a year ago. Yes, the Predators are a longshot, but hey, it could happen!