Sports fans will argue until they are blue in the face abut the toughest championship to win and which sport has the best playoffs. Given the grind and physicality of the NHL, not to mention the upturn in speed and intensity once the postseason arrives, you have to say that they certainly have a right to think of themselves as the best playoff game out there. We still have a lot of hockey to be played before we get to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but we have seen enough to have a decent idea of the teams that are likely to compete for the iconic trophy. While there are some definite favorites, there are also some longshots who might emerge and take a run. I am picking one from each of the 4 divisions, so let’s take a closer look at those teams to find out which team offers the best betting value against their Stanley Cup odds.
NHL Betting | Longshots to win the 2021 Stanley Cup
Boston Bruins (+1800)
The Boston Bruins won the President’s Trophy, which goes to the team with the best regular season record, last year, but were bounced in the playoffs by the eventual champions. The Bruins lost a couple of key players in the offseason and didn’t do much to fill those holes, but this is still a very good team. As it stands right now, they are in 4th place in the East Division, 6 points out of the top spot, but they also have 3 games in hand to the leaders. Yes, there has been a little backward step by the Bruins this season, but they are still a team that no one wants to face in the postseason.
Florida Panthers (+1700)
It was a frustrating season for the Panthers last year, as they were bounced in the play-in series. They added some scoring to their offense in the offseason, but there were still some concerns on the defensive side of things. They have tightened up in their own end this year and are currently sitting just 2 points off the pace in the Central Division. They have been particularly good on the road this season, which also bodes well for when the playoffs roll around. This is going to be a tough division to get out of, but that road record gives them real hope.
Edmonton Oilers (+2200)
The Toronto Maple Leafs look like the team to beat in the North Division, plus they are also the favorites to win it all this year. I still think that the Calgary Flames, who just made a coaching change, could come good as a dark horse, but for now, I am taking the Edmonton Oilers to spring the upset in the North and make a deep run. The big concern with this team is their play on defense, but they are an offensive juggernaut that has found a way to win high-scoring games more often than not. Whether that holds up in the playoffs remains to be seen.
St. Louis Blues (+2000)
You could certainly make an argument that the West Division is the weakest of the 4 this season, but it is a tight race for the 4 available playoff spots right now. It’s easy to forget that the Blues won the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago and still have the core of that cup-winning team. The knock on them this season has been their play at home, but they have made up for that by being great on the road. If they can get their act together on home ice, this could well be a team to look out for.