2018 Stanley Cup Odds & Expert Betting Predictions

2018 Stanley Cup Odds & Expert Betting Predictions

Written by on October 3, 2017

With the 2017-18 NHL regular season set to get underway in a mere matter of hours, hockey bettors everywhere need to know which teams have the best chances of cashing in on their season-long Stanley Cup odds. After becoming the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cup titles in almost two decades, can Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins win three straight to back up their preseason status as prohibitive favorites to pull off the rare three-peat or will some other title contender make the leap to league champs this coming season? If you want to know whether Crosby and the Penguins will cash in on their value-packed NHL futures odds or whether they’ll be beaten out by someone else, let’s find out what lies ahead in what looks like another exciting NHL regular season just waiting to happen.

2018 Stanley Cup Odds & Expert Betting Predictions

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Pittsburgh Penguins

Stanley Cup Odds: +800 Crosby and the Penguins were good during the regular season a year ago but put it into overdrive once the playoff started to win their second straight Stanley Cup title. While there have been some roster changes in Pittsburgh, including losing goalie Marc Andre Fleury, I’m thinking that as long as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel all stay healthy, the Pens are going to be tough to beat once again this coming season.

Last Season Team Statistics

  • Offensive Shots: 32.36
  • Average Score For: 3.36
  • Defensive Shots: 32.37
  • Average Score Against: 2.72

Washington Capitals

Stanley Cup Odds: +1000 I swear, if Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals let me down one more time after doing so in each of the last two seasons, I’m going to eat a damn hockey puck. Having said that, I see no reason why Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and elite goaltender Braden Holtby won’t contend for the Stanley Cup this coming season. Washington has a ton of talent and should be one of the top title contenders in both conferences even if the ‘Great 8’ is getting a bit older.

Last Season Team Statistics

  • Offensive Shots: 30.89
  • Average Score For: 3.15
  • Defensive Shots: 27.97
  • Average Score Against: 2.29

Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Odds: +1000 The young Edmonton Oilers look like they’re going to be very difficult to beat in the Western Conference this coming season seeing as how they had a breakout campaign in 2016-17 and have the best scorer in the game today in the gifted Connor McDavid. The Oilers are a huge part of the 2018 Stanley Cup Betting Predictions. Edmonton finished a phenomenal eighth in scoring (3.0 gpg) and identical eighth in defense (2.5 gpg) last season and could very well represent the Western Conference in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. As a matter of fact, I’m picking the Oilers to reach the Western Conference Finals at the very least this coming season.

Last Season Team Statistics

  • Offensive Shots: 30.82
  • Average Score For: 2.98
  • Defensive Shots: 30.03
  • Average Score Against: 2.60

Tampa Bay Lightning

Stanley Cup Odds: +1200 If you didn’t know before, you do now. The Lightning has a legitimate superstar in young right-winger Nikita Kucherov and another blossoming one in goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Despite coming up just short of reaching the postseason by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference a year ago, the Lightning could surprise both, Pittsburgh and Washington this coming season, which is why they’re so high on the Stanley Cup Betting Odds board at +1200.

Last Season Team Statistics

  • Offensive Shots: 29.89
  • Average Score For: 2.85
  • Defensive Shots: 30.38
  • Average Score Against: 2.77

Chicago Blackhawks

Stanley Cup Odds: +1200 The Blackhawks were looking good heading into the postseason a year ago after racking up an impressive 50 wins during the regular season, but then they ran into a Nashville Predators team that completely overwhelmed them in their four-game sweep with their youth and speed. Still, Chicago has some elite players in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews among others and they’ll have plenty of motivation to get back to being a legitimate title contender after getting unceremoniously bounced out of last season’s playoffs.

Last Season Team Statistics

  • Offensive Shots: 30.63
  • Average Score For: 2.87
  • Defensive Shots: 31.37
  • Average Score Against: 2.63

Nashville Predators

Stanley Cup Odds: +1400 Sure, Nashville lost the Stanley Cup Finals against Crosby and the Penguins, but the fact of the matter is that the Predators have the look of a team that could win it all this coming season. While there seems to be a split on whether goalie Pekka Rinne is elite or not, I believe he is and I like Nashville’s understated additions of No. 2 center Nick Bonino and left winger Scott Hartnell. After looking like a mediocre team for the vast majority of the regular season a year ago, Nashville took off in the postseason and now they’re out to prove their run to the finals was no fluke. I love their Stanley Cup betting odds at +1400 and I can see them making another extended run, even if they do face some obstacles along the way.

Last Season Team Statistics

  • Offensive Shots: 30.84
  • Average Score For: 2.88
  • Defensive Shots: 29.71
  • Average Score Against: 2.62

Rest of the Teams 2018 Stanley Cup Odds

  • Anaheim Ducks: 14/1
  • Dallas Stars: 14/1
  • Montreal Canadiens: 16/1
  • New York Rangers: 16/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: 16/1
  • Boston Bruins: 18/1
  • Minnesota Wild: 20/1
  • San Jose Sharks: 20/1
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: 25/1
  • Los Angeles Kings: 25/1
  • St. Louis Blues: 25/1
  • Calgary Flames: 28/1
  • Ottawa Senators: 33/1
  • Florida Panthers: 40/1
  • New York Islanders: 40/1
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 40/1
  • Buffalo Sabres: 50/1
  • Carolina Hurricanes: 66/1
  • Winnipeg Jets: 66/1
  • Arizona Coyotes: 100/1
  • Detroit Red Wings: 100/1
  • New Jersey Devils: 100/1
  • Colorado Avalanche: 125/1
  • Vancouver Canucks: 125/1
  • Vegas Golden Knights: 125/1