Another week of NHL action is in the books, and the race for the Stanley Cup continues to see teams separate themselves from the pack. Thanks to the unpredictable nature of hockey, there are still several playoff-caliber teams with high-value odds to win the title. We take a look at the teams worth keeping an eye on in the futures markets for your Betting Odds as we kick off another week of professional field hockey.
The Favorite: Boston Bruins (+520)
The Boston Bruins had an incredible week last week, taking all three games of a West coast road trip. Boston took down the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks, making statement after statement against teams from the Western Conference, especially against a Kings team that appears to be good enough to fight for the West title. As a result, Boston’s title odds came down from +600 a week ago to their current +520 price.
Given how much better Boston has been than the rest of the league so far this year, this is still a price worth jumping on for them to win the title. Getting better than +500 is going to feel like a bargain when they are one of the last teams standing in the postseason. While upsets are always possible in the NHL postseason, this team appears to be a cut above the rest early on in 2023.
The Smart Bet: New Jersey Devils (+1450)
Over the last couple of weeks, the New Jersey Devils have been treading water, sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division. But they ended this past week with a statement win, beating the New York Rangers at home in a rivalry game in the tri-state area. Given the Rangers’ status as perennial contenders in the East over the last few years, that was no small feat from the Devils.
The question for New Jersey now is if they can round back into the form that they enjoyed early in the season in time for a playoff push. They may not have the horses to beat the aforementioned Bruins, but New Jersey looked capable of beating anyone earlier this year. At a shade under +1500, taking them now could open up some hedging opportunities in the postseason if they can raise their level once again.
The Longshot: Washington Capitals (+2600)
Last week, the Washington Capitals were at +3100 to win the Stanley Cup, and that number has only improved since. Washington sits at +2600 to lift the Cup heading into this week, and they continue to be one of the more appealing options at longer odds to win the title when all is said and done.
Washington currently sits in third place in the Metropolitan Division, behind the Devils and Hurricanes. But they have a buffer between themselves and the teams fighting for the final Wild Card spot at the moment. As long as they can avoid relinquishing that advantage, they should be able to make it into the playoffs, where their elite goal-scoring should give them a chance to beat any team they go up against.
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