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|
|St. Louis Blues||+1000||2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+700||5|
|New York Islanders||+1700||7|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+3900||8|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+1700||13|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+1700||15|
|New York Rangers||+8000||23|
|New Jersey Devils||+52500||23|
|San Jose Sharks||+10000||27|
|Los Angeles Kings||+35000||30|
|Detroit Red Wings||+450000||31|
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NHL Betting Tips of the Week
Take Flyer on MacKinnon for Art Ross Trophy
Connor McDavid is the favorite at -134, to win the NHL scoring title, otherwise known as the Art Ross Trophy. And why not? He’s leading the league with 76 points and he’s ... Connor McDavid. But I think a better play is to be made for Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon to win it at +350 with 888sport. MacKinnon comes out of the All-Star break just four points behind McDavid. The Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers each have 33 games remaining.
Where MacKinnon can pick up a few more easy points to overcome McDavid is on the power play. Colorado has more talent on its first PP unit, especially with point man Cale Makar directing traffic. MacKinnon put up 72 points before the break despite not having regular linemates Gabe Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen around for good chunks of the time. They’re all healthy now and eager for a big playoff push. MacKinnon is a great darkhorse on this NHL futures prop bet.
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Does Chicago Really Have A Chance?
A week ago, the Chicago Blackhawks were listed at +10000 in Stanley Cup betting odds. This week, the odds are +4500. That’s quite a jump. But are the Blackhawks really worth a longshot wager?
I don’t think so. They had a nice little run before the break and are just three points out of the final wild-card spot in the West. But the overall defense and goaltending just aren’t there for any kind of sustained run. While goalies Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner are both capable of getting hot, their job is made tougher by a defense that just is too easy to play against. Chicago is still a minus-6 in goal differential (155-161), which doesn’t inspire much confidence for the long run.
Hey, I hope you plunked down a wager at +10000. I like that kind of play a lot more than +4500. I just don’t see Chicago being able to keep pace with the younger, faster, deeper teams out West for the final push.
Who Will Win The Crazy Pacific?
Entering Monday, the top five teams in the Pacific Division were separated by no more than one point. Vancouver had 58 points, while Edmonton, Calgary, Vegas and Arizona had 57 apiece. There’s Exhibit A of just how much parity there is in the NHL.
Who will win the division flag, though? Looking at the NHL odds up at 888sport, Calgary and Vancouver are each at +325, with Edmonton and Vegas at +350, and Arizona at +375. I think the Flames will win the division for the second straight year for a couple of reasons:
- They have a bit more offensive depth, and some of their top guys (Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm) have yet to really get things in gear.
- They have a pretty favorable schedule the rest of the way with 18 of their final 32 games at home, where they are 13-7-3 so far.
Calgary’s defense also is better, on paper, than its nearest competitor, with defending Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano leading the way. He hasn’t had nearly the kind of season that won him the Norris last year, but I expect a solid 32 final games from him.
Stay away from Vegas, by the way. They just have yet to get it together this season, and have played 52 games so far - three more than Vancouver and Edmonton and two more than Calgary. Those games in hand often make the difference in the end in a tight race.