NHL Power Rankings & Stanley Cup 2020 Odds
Just because a team doesn’t have the best odds doesn’t make them the best team in the league. And that’s where fans of NHL betting can find value and jump on enticing futures odds. Here’s how Adrian Dater sees the state of the league entering this week:
|Team||Stanley Cup Odds||Power Ranking|
|New York Islanders||+1700||2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+900||5|
|St. Louis Blues||+1200||6|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+1000||7|
|San Jose Sharks||+3500||14|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+1500||16|
|New Jersey Devils||+6000||25|
|New York Rangers||+8000||26|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+8500||27|
|Detroit Red Wings||+50000||30|
|Los Angeles Kings||+15000||31|
NHL Betting Tips of the Week
Take a bite on Sharks
At +3500, the San Jose Sharks are a bit underpriced at the moment, so grab them at that price as a darkhorse Cup pick.
The Sharks got off to a terrible start but they are getting it together. They are an older team with a question mark in goal, but they still have good fundamental pieces in place otherwise. Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson are a huge handful when they’re feeling good, and though they’re perhaps short on high-end talent on the top two lines, the Sharks still have four pretty decent lines.
If Martin Jones can get his act together, as he appears to be, this team can still be dangerous. They’ve won six in a row and they made the Western Conference finals last season, don’t forget. Don’t spend a fortune, but $100 could make you $3600. That’s a worthy venture for a team with as much as experience as this.
Canadiens worth a gamble, too
Claude Julien won a Stanley Cup in Boston in 2011 and took the Bruins back to the Final two years later. He’s a darn good coach and his influence is finally starting to really be felt in the Montreal Canadiens’ dressing room.
Julien likes defense-first hockey and the Canadiens are becoming tougher to score on. They have a plus-10 goal differential (72-62) with Carey Price as a No. 1 goaltender. The Canadiens need another forward, preferably a center, to get to the next level, but I feel that at +3000 NHL odds they are a bit of a bargain.
Montreal has about $7.7 million in salary cap room. That number will increase by the trade deadline and that means they will be in good position to be a buyer, provided the record warrants it. I think they will be a buyer. Keep an eye on this team and take a flyer at that +3000 price.
Sell on Maple Leafs
It’s starting to look gloomy in Toronto. At the quarter mark, the Leafs are nothing but a .500 team that would miss the playoffs if they started today. The bookmakers still have them rated right up there, at +1500 to win the Cup. But that looks very overpriced right now.
The Leafs have some serious issues with team defense and speculation continues to swirl that players and coach Mike Babcock might not be on the same page. There’s still a lot of talent up front with this team and counting Toronto out would be wrong.
But don’t buy the Leafs at their current price. Wait for them to slide more in the odds, then maybe take a flyer. If they aren’t out of the playoff picture by then, that is.