Already up 1-0 in their Western Conference Finals matchup against the San Jose Sharks, the St. Louis Blues are clear-cut favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup Trophy, but they have company in the form of three title hopefuls that all have the potential to upset the Blues and cash in on their own NHL futures odds. Can St. Louis fight off their foes or will they succumb to one of the other trio of title contenders? Let’s find out who’s got the best NHL betting lines chance to cash to bring home the bacon!
Weekly Updated Hockey Odds to win the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals
St Louis Blues
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis +160
St. Louis has won three of its last four games while outscoring their opponents 12-3 in those wins. The Blues have a powerful defense, an efficient offense and excellent goaltending. More importantly, every time they’ve gotten punched in the face, they’ve answered the bell in a big way. Right now, I say it’s the Blues’ title to lose!
The Penguins are favored to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, but after two games, it looks like they’re going to have their hands full despite getting a narrow 3-2 win in Game 2 to tie their Eastern Conference Finals series at 1-1. Pittsburgh has struggled to put opponents away and have been held to one goal in each of their last two losses, but when the game is on the line, Sidney Crosby and company seem to raise their play to another level as their last three wins, which all came by one goal, attests.
Tampa Bay +425
Speaking of raising your level of play when it matters most…Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has pitched four shutouts and allowed just one goal in his last four series-clinching playoff games the last two postseasons. More importantly, the Lightning have experience and plenty of desire after falling just short in last season’s Stanley Cup Finals. For me, Tampa Bay, at a whopping +425, is offering as much real value as any team on the board.
San Jose +550
The Sharks have averaged the fewest penalty minutes of any tam in the playoffs this postseason and they have a killer power play with Thornton, Marleau and Pavelski, but they’ve also been wildly inconsistent in alternating wins and losses over their last five games and recorded the worst home record of any team that reached the postseason. For me, the Blues will be too tough to overcome!