In Depth Analysis On The Updated 2017 Odds To Win NHL Stanley Cup
Washington Capitals (+380)The Washington Capitals are in possession of the best record in the NHL right now, which is something that we have become used to over the last few seasons. The problem with this team is that they have never really been able to translate their regular season success into greatness in the postseason. The bookies may have them in as the betting odds favorites right now, but there are sure to be a lot of hockey fans looking at this as a bit of a dodgy bet.
Minnesota Wild (+400)The Wild have long been known as a team that plays great defensive hockey, but now they have found an offensive bite to go with that defensive bark. They are in the top 5 in goals per game average this season, whilst being second best in the league in goals allowed. Their PP is also clicking along nicely, and they have a top 10 penalty kill unit. That generally adds up to a team that has all the pieces to win a Stanley Cup.
Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks (+700)The two teams have combined to win 5 of the last 8 Stanley Cups, so it’s no real surprise that they would be up there among the favorites. The Penguins have the top-rated offense in the league, but are down in the middle of the pack defensively, which could prove to be a problem in the playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks are running a little under the radar this year, as it is the Wild who are creating all the headlines in the Central Division. If Chicago are to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup in 2017, they are going to need to find a way to improve their special teams play.