Updated NHL Odds & Picks To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup

Posted by Eric Williams on Tuesday,February 14, 2017 10:56, EDT in

With the 2016-17 NHL season steamrolling toward its annual playoffs, hockey bettors everywhere are looking to find value wherever they can.

Thanks to my informative analysis on the favorite, my smart pick and top long shot selection to win this season’s Stanley Cup will assist you in your quest to cash in on the value-packed Stanley Cup futures odds while also helping you maximize your NHL wagers over the remainder of the regular season. Now, let’s get started.

Here’s A Closer Look At The Updated NHL Odds & Picks To Win The 2017 Stanley Cup



The Favorite To Win The Stanley Cup: Washington Capitals 9/2

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (39-11-4-2) apparently didn’t like underachieving in their Eastern Conference Finals matchup against Pittsburgh last season after being the best team in all of hockey during the regular season a year ago.

Now, Ovechkin and the Caps have the look of a club that will not be denied this time around. Washington ranks second in scoring (3.4 gpg) and first in goals allowed (2.1 gpg) while also ranking sixth in shots allowed per game (27.9), third in penalty killing (84.5 percent ) and first in shutouts with 10. The Caps are the prohibitive favorites for a reason people. Center Nicklas Backstrom ranks second in scoring with 60 points while Ovechkin ranks 14th in scoring with 51 points and sixth in goals scored with 26.

The Smart Bet To Win The Stanley Cup: Minnesota Wild 5/1

The Wild (37-12-4-2) rank fourth in scoring (3.3 gpg) and second in goals allowed (2.3 gpg) while also ranking sixth in power plays, seventh in faceoffs, 10th in penalty killing and sixth in shutouts (five). Center Mikael Granlund ranks 16th in scoring with 50 points while center Charlie Coyle ranks 30th in scoring with 44 points. Minnesota has been equally solid at home (19-6-1) and on the road (18-6-3-2), making them a great ‘smart’ pick to win this season’s Stanley Cup Championship.

The Longshot To Win The Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs 40/1

The Toronto Maple Leafs (25-18-5-6) have underachieved a bit and are clearly flying under the radar right now, but make no mistake about it, the Leafs have a ton of young talent. Toronto ranks sixth in scoring at 3.0 goals per game but has been mediocre at best in ranking 23rd in goals allowed (2.9 ppg), 28th in shots allowed per game (28) and just 21st in shutouts (third).

Still, center Mitchell Marner ranks 24th in scoring with 47 points while fellow center Auston Matthews ranks 35th in scoring with 44 points and left winger James Van Riemsdyk ranks 37th in scoring with 43 points. Sure, the Leafs have shortcomings, but isn’t that what a long shot pick is all about?