NHL Betting: Odds to Win Stanley Cup Update
It’s hard to believe, but at the end of August, 2 of the 4 major sports are hosting playoff series. The NHL playoffs are in round 2, and the Rogers Center, also known as the Edmonton bubble is hosting all of the games. Now that we’re down to just 8 teams, the action will be fast and furious. Let’s take a look at the odds to win the Stanley Cup, matchups and do some breakdowns. We’ll also make some predictions as well so you can make your bets against their NHL odds.
NHL Stanley Cup Odds to win: Title Winner, Favorites, Upsets
Las Vegas Golden Knights (+220) vs. (5) Vancouver Canucks(+1200)
The Knights currently hold a 1-0 series lead. Vancouver has a very strong offense, and a very capable defense. They will be able to score, but will they be able to score enough to overcome the powerful Knights offense?
The Knights have looked great in the bubble. They too have a powerful offense, but their defense and goaltending is a notch below Vancouver’s. However, no one has proven yet that they can stop the Knights offense.
The Knights win this series 4-2.
Colorado Avalanche (+400) vs. (3) Dallas Stars (+400)
In a little bit of a surprise, the Stars lead the series 2-0 at the time of this writing. Colorado’s offense has been dynamite, as MacKinnon, Landeskog, and Rantanen have been lighting up the lamps in the postseason. Combine that with the stellar defense led by Cale Makar, and you have a formula for success.
Dallas has outscored the Avs 10-5 in the first 2 games of the series. The Avalanche defense hasn’t lived up to it’s billing thus far in the series. Dallas has been putting on an offensive show thus far.
Although Dallas has the 2-0 advantage, we still think the Avs come back and make this a series, but the Stars end up winning in 7.
Philadelphia Flyers (+550) vs. (6) New York Islanders (+550)
The Islanders took it to the Flyers in Game 1, winning by a score of 4-0. The Flyers have a very talented offense, but the Islanders have had the best defense in the playoffs. Philadelphia came into the playoffs as the league’s hottest team, but the Islanders defense has been tough to crack. As long as the Islanders can play penalty-free hockey and keep the Flyers out of power play situations, they have a great shot at upsetting the Conference’s top seed.
This one is going to go the distance, and there will be an upset. The Isles win it in 7.
Tampa Bay Lightning (+450) vs. (4) Boston Bruins (+370)
Boston defeated Tampa Bay in Game 1 by a score of 3-2. This matchup features the regular season’s best offense against the regular season’s best defense. The Tampa Bay offense can score in bunches, while the Boston Bruins defense is built like a wall. One thing that could hurt Boston’s defense is the loss of goaltender Tuukka Rask. Rask opted out of the playoffs, but his replacement Jaroslav Halak has filled in admirably.
If Tampa Bay can control Boston’s lethal power play, they win this series. We’re going to gamble and say that the Lighting can do that and they will win in 6.
Stanley Cup Semi-Finals & Finals
We see the Islanders knocking off the Lighting in the East, and the Knights edging the Stars in the West.
After a 7 game battle, the Islanders will defeat the Golden Knights to win the Stanley Cup.