With the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs moving into it second round this week, hockey bettors everywhere need to know just which teams are offering the most value as far as their NHL Stanley Cup Futures odds are concerned.
With this expert betting analysis and insight that you’re about to receive on a quartet of title contenders, you’re going to be able to maximize your chances of cashing in big on the value-packed 2017 Stanley Cup championship odds.
Now, let’s get started.
Updated 2017 Stanley Cup Odds & Picks
Stanley Cup Odds heading into the 2nd round.
- Washington Capitals +375
- Pittsburgh Penguins +425
- Anaheim Ducks +540
- Edmonton Oilers +575
- Nashville Predators +745
- St Louis Blues +745
- New York Rangers +825
- Ottawa Senators +1085
The Favorite Pick To Win The Stanley Cup: Washington Capitals +375
The Capitals (55-19-3-5) are still the prohibitive favorites despite being forced to play six difficult games against the Toronto Maple Leaf in the first round. The good new for the Cap and their betting backer is that they had to show some serious resolve to et pat Toronto, especially after falling into a 2-1 series deficit after the first three games.
Washington won three straight to close out the Leafs while winning each of the last two games in the series by identical 2-1 scores in overtime. The Caps rank a stellar third in scoring (3.2 gpg) and even more impressive first in goals allowed (2.2 gpg).
The Caps have a quartet of elite goal scorers in Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie and a goalie in Braden Holtby that limited Toronto to just two goals over his last two games after giving up four goals in three straight games in games 2-4.
Washington’s tough first round matchup could be just what the perennially underachieving Caps needed as they get set to face the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.
The Smart Bet To Win The Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins +425
Not only are the Pittsburgh Penguins (50-21-6-5) the defending champs, but they look like they’re offering great value heading into the second round after smacking Columbus senseless in their 4-1 first round series win.
Pittsburgh limited the Blue Jacket t jut one goal in the first two game of the series – before scoring four goals or more in each of the following three games.
If goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is on top of his game, the Pen could be unbeatable again this postseason, if not, then they could simply outscore the competition en route to consecutive Stanley Cup titles.
Pittsburgh ranks first in scoring (3.4 gpg) and first in shot attempts per game (33.5) while also ranking third in power plays (23.1%). If there’s a concern, it’s the Penguins’ 17th-ranked defense (2.8 gpg), even though the Pens have a trio of elite goal scorers in veteran center Sidney Crosby, fellow center Evgeni Malkin and right-winger Phil Kessel.
The Value Bet To Win The Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers +575
Forget that 7-0 shellacking they took in Game 4 of their first-round series against San Jose, the Edmonton Oilers (47-26-4-5) are looking like they’re offering solid value as they head into the second round after dispatching the Sharks 4-2.
If you didn’t know, the Oilers are very good at both ends of the ice as they rank an identical eighth in both, scoring (3.0 gpg) and goals allowed (2.5 gpg).
By now, everyone know that Edmonton has the game’s best scorer in the electrifying Connor McDavid (100 points), but what most casual hockey fan don’t know I that the Oilers also have a handful of very good players, starting with fellow center Leon Draisaitl (77 points) and wingers, Jordan Eberle (51 points) and Milan Lucic (50 points). Last but not least, the Oilers have been solid both at home (25-12-1-3) and on the road (22-14-3-2).
The Longshot To Win The Stanley Cup: Nashville Predators +745
For me, the Nashville Predators (41-29-8-4) are offering the most value of any longshot seeing a how they completely stunned the Chicago Blackhawks in their first-round sweep of the perennial title contender and recent three-time Stanley Cup winners.
The Predators rank a solid 11th in scoring (2.9 gpg) and 15th in goals allowed (2.7 gpg) but they way they dominated the Blackhawks at both ends of the ice, you’d think they were No. 1 in both categories.
After shutting out Chicago in games 1 and 2, including a stunning 5-0 shutout in Game 2, Nashville finished off their sweep with a hard-fought 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 and another dominating performance in their 4-1 Game 4 close out win. Make no mistake about it, right now, Nashville looks like they can beat anyone!