Early 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Odds & Prediction

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 15, 2017 in

The Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup winners in 19 seasons, knocking off the upstart Nashville Predators in six games to hoist the NHL’s grand trophy. Now the off-season begins for all 31 teams (yes, 31, with the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights), which means that it’s time to look at the earliest  2018 Stanley Cup Championship odds for teams to skate with Lord Stanley’s silver trophy next summer.

Early 2018 Stanley Cup Championship Odds & Prediction

The Odds for Each Team

8/1 — Pittsburgh
10/1 — Tampa Bay, Washington, Edmonton
12-1 — Chicago
14-1 — Montreal, Toronto, N.Y. Rangers, Minnesota, Nashville, Dallas, Anaheim
20-1 — Columbus, San Jose, Los Angeles
30-1 — Ottawa, Boston, St. Louis, Calgary
40-1 — Florida, N.Y. Islanders, Philadelphia, Winnipeg
60-1 — Buffalo, Carolina
100-1 — Detroit, New Jersey, Colorado, Arizona, Vancouver
200-1 — Las Vegas

Should you pick Pittsburgh to three-peat?

The grind of the “second season” is a considerable one. You’re basically playing for another six weeks, and if you make it all the way to win, you’ve won 16 more games — and played as many as 28 more. You have friction build up — for example, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who started in net as the postseason opened but then gave way to Matt Murray in the conference finals and the Stanley Cup Finals, has waived his no-movement clause in his contract for the upcoming expansion draft, a sign that he may be ready to take his talents elsewhere. The Penguins have shown that they can overwhelm anyone with their offense, but there’s a reason why repeating is so rare, especially in the NHL — the grind is so considerable to get there.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are favorites in the odds to win the 2018 Stanley Cup.

Why is Tampa Bay 10-1? They didn’t make the playoffs at all.

The Lightning finished just one point out of that last playoff spot, and they made a huge charge in the second half of the season to climb back into contention. They regrouped after the loss of goaltender Ben Bishop in a trade with Los Angeles, and they are one of the most dangerous offenses in the Eastern Conference. They just got started too late.

I have the same question about Dallas. 14-1? Really? After a 79-point season?

Dallas has gone back to the future behind the bench, as they’ve brought back Ken Hitchcock to coach the team. He’s the one that led them to their only Stanley Cup, back in 1999. They’ve also taken steps to solve their problem in net. They had two overpaid goalies — and neither of them could get clutch stops — in Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. They got the rights to top-shelf netminder Ben Bishop in the off-season. With Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin up front on offense, this is a team that can score at a scary pace. If they get a reliable defense, they’ll be right where they were two seasons ago, among the best in the West.

And the Oil? At 10-1?

This team is scary-fast and scary-good. They had the talent to take down Anaheim in the West semifinals, and probably to go all the way to the Cup Finals, but they lacked the experience of postseason pressure to knock off the Ducks. Next year? Different story.

So that’s a closer look at the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship odds. Remember, it’s never too late to get ready!