FEB 21 - Updated 2017 Odds To Win NHL Stanley Cup

Updated 2017 Odds To Win NHL Stanley Cup

Written by on February 21, 2017

The NHL regular season is now roughly three-quarters complete, which means we are starting to get down to the stage of the season when the battle for precious playoff spots begin to intensify. It’s also the time to start seriously looking at where to play your money for the Stanley Cup. The teams at the top of the heap right now may see their NHL betting odds start to drop if they continue to win, which makes now the time to get your wagers on, assuming you haven’t done so already. We thought this would be the best time to look at the current odds of the favorites, understanding that they may still change before the regular season ends.

In Depth Analysis On The Updated 2017 Odds To Win NHL Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals (+380)

The Washington Capitals are in possession of the best record in the NHL right now, which is something that we have become used to over the last few seasons. The problem with this team is that they have never really been able to translate their regular season success into greatness in the postseason. The bookies may have them in as the betting odds favorites right now, but there are sure to be a lot of hockey fans looking at this as a bit of a dodgy bet.

Minnesota Wild (+400)

The Wild have long been known as a team that plays great defensive hockey, but now they have found an offensive bite to go with that defensive bark. They are in the top 5 in goals per game average this season, whilst being second best in the league in goals allowed. Their PP is also clicking along nicely, and they have a top 10 penalty kill unit. That generally adds up to a team that has all the pieces to win a Stanley Cup.

Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks (+700)

The two teams have combined to win 5 of the last 8 Stanley Cups, so it’s no real surprise that they would be up there among the favorites. The Penguins have the top-rated offense in the league, but are down in the middle of the pack defensively, which could prove to be a problem in the playoffs.

The Chicago Blackhawks are running a little under the radar this year, as it is the Wild who are creating all the headlines in the Central Division. If Chicago are to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup in 2017, they are going to need to find a way to improve their special teams play.

Columbus Blue Jackets (+750)

A lot of hockey fans had these guys pegged as a dark horse last season, but a horrific start to the season saw their challenge die before it ever began. They have lived up to their potential this season, but have been streaky at times, which is not what you can afford to be heading into the postseason.

New York Rangers (+800)

The Rangers came tearing out the gate to start the season, and while they have leveled off a little, this is a still a very dangerous team that you cannot ignore when deciding who to wager on for the Stanley Cup. Another team that can score a lot of goals, but who also have a big-name goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist that can steal more than his fair share of games.