NHL Betting Odds & Early Predictions for 2019 Championship.

NHL Betting Odds & Early Predictions for 2019 Championship

Eric Williams : Monday,June 11, 2018 4:57, EDT

The Washington Capitals may have snapped a four-decade-plus championship drought, but when it comes to winning the 2019 Stanley Cup title, Alexander Ovechkin and company aren’t exactly NHL betting favorites to go back-to-back despite their thrilling run to this year’s title.

If you’re an NHL fanatic and betting enthusiast that is already looking to make a season-long wager on next year’s champion, then boy, have you got choices. Thanks to this expert look at the top favorites, some middle-of-the-pack contenders and the rest of the field of Stanley Cup hopefuls, you’re going to have some great insight into who is offering some really good value at the NHL Odds to win next season’s title.

NHL Betting Odds & Early Predictions for 2019 Championship

NHL Betting Favorites

  • Tampa Bay Lightning 8/1
  • Vegas Golden Knights 8/1
  • Boston Bruins 10/1
  • Nashville Predators 10/1
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 10/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 10/1
  • Winnipeg Jets 10/1
  • Washington Capitals 14/1

Tampa Bay (54-23-5)

The Lightning came up just short of reaching the Stanley Cup, but they led the league in scoring and the Eastern Conference in points (113) and will have the core group of their explosive offense back next year!

Vegas (51-24-7)

I see no reason why Vegas won’t contend for another appearance in next season’s Stanley Cup Finals after they finished the season ranked fifth in scoring (3.3 gpg) and eighth in goals allowed (2.7 gpg). More importantly, the Knights have a great goaltender and a bunch of ‘super gritty’ overachievers.

Boston (50-20-12)

The Bruins came up short of their championship hopes, but the Bruins were phenomenal in finishing second to Tampa Bay in points (112) while ranking sixth in scoring and fourth in goals allowed.

Nashville (53-18-11)

The Predators have been in the finals and conference finals the last two years. After ranking seventh in scoring and second in goals allowed, I see no reasons the Preds won’t contend again next season behind Filip Forsberg and Pekka Rinne.

Pittsburgh (47-29-6)

Who knew that the loss of Marc-Andre Fleury would cost Sidney Crosby and the high-scoring, two-time defending champs so much this season? Oh yeah, me, that’s who!

Toronto (49-26-7)

The Leafs play some explosive offense each and every year and they’ll contend for something big if they play any sort of defense next season.

Winnipeg (52-20-10)

The high-flying Jets ranked second in scoring (3.3 gpg) and fifth in goal allowed (2.6 gpg) and they’re my pick to win it all next season behind Blake Wheeler at one end of the ice and Connor Hellebuyck at the other end.

Washington (49-26-7)

I don’t know why the Caps aren’t a bit higher up on the board of favorites seeing as how they’ve been really elite the last three years despite their postseason shortcoming prior to this season. Washington will contend again simply because they can score and now have a goaltender that has gone from very good to great in Braden Holtby.

NHL Betting Contenders

  • Edmonton Oilers 20/1
  • San Jose Sharks 20/1
  • Anaheim Ducks 25/1
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 25/1
  • Dallas Stars 25/1
  • Philadelphia Flyers 25/1

Edmonton (36-40-6) underachieved in a big way after their fantastic 2016-17 campaign two years ago, so I guess it’s possible the Conor McDavid and the Oilers could bounce back in a big way in 2018-19. However, for me, my pick to really contend out of this group of contenders is the San Jose Sharks (45-27-10) after they finished the season ranked a respectable 13th in scoring and 10th in goals allowed and took Vegas six games before bowing out of the playoffs.

The Sharks will be an NHL Betting contender during the next season.

The Sharks share the puck much like the Knights and don’t depend on any scorer to get the job done, plus goalie Martin Jones is very good even if he’s not a household name.

The Rest of the Field

  • Calgary Flames 30/1
  • Chicago Blackhawks 30/1
  • Los Angeles Kings 30/1
  • Minnesota Wild 30/1
  • Colorado Avalanche 40/1
  • Florida Panthers 40/1
  • New Jersey Devils 40/1
  • St. Louis Blues 40/1
  • Carolina Hurricanes 60/1
  • Montreal Canadiens 60/1
  • New York Islanders 60/1
  • Arizona Coyotes 80/1
  • Buffalo Sabres 80/1
  • New York Rangers 80/1
  • Vancouver Canucks 80/1
  • Detroit Red Wings 100/1
  • Ottawa Senators 100/1

My top team out of this group of longer shot Stanley Cup hopefuls is the Los Angeles Kings. If L.A. can improve their modest, 16t-ranked offense (2.9 gpg) then could really take off, seeing as how they lead the entire NHL in goals allowed by giving up just 2.5 goals per night behind superstar goalie Jonathan Quick.