NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Best bets, Longshots and Value picks

NHL Playoff Odds

As the all-star weekend wraps up for the NHL, now is an excellent time to check in with the Vegas odds makers to see who the favorites, value picks, and long shots are to win in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Last years champs, the Chicago Blackhawks, led the way at the beginning of the year with some of the same teams we are used to joining them as favorites. The Los Angles Kings, The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning rounded out the top pre-season picks to raise the cup and all 4 remain near the top of bettors lists as well as NHL standings.

Now, the usual suspects are joined at the top by some new comers as well as some teams we haven’t seen near the top making a push. Here’s a look at some decent choices if you’re looking to make a wager on who takes home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The Favorites

Washington Capitals 9-2

The capitals, although far from bottom dwellers, are rarely seen as one of the favorites above the big teams.  But as we head back from the all-star break the Capitals are the odds on favorite to win the Cup.  With a 4 point lead in the Standings and still 6 games played behind the second place Blackhawks, Barry Trotz has Alex Ovechkin and company firing on all cylinders and will try to keep that going into the playoffs.

Los Angels Kings 7-1

The Kings who just two years ago won the Cup, will be looking to return to playoff action after failing to defend their title last year, missing out on the playoffs by just two points. The Kings who now sit 5th overall and have a healthy 7 point lead in the Pacific division are well on their way to returning to playoff action with the recent accusation of Luke Schenn and Vincent Lacavier, they are ready to make a push and are a decent option for a post season wager.

Value picks

Pittsburgh Penguins 25-1

Although sitting in the middle of the pack, as far as favorites go, the Pens could be a sneaky pick. With the star power residing in Pittsburgh these days the Pens will be no push overs if they can keep up their pace and reach the playoffs. Go along with the playoff experience their top players possess, a small wager on the Penguins could pay off nicely.

Detroit Red Wings 20-1

The Red Wings continue to run business as usual as they’re on pace to make their 24 straight post season appearance. Sitting tied for second in the Atlantic division with a 25-16-8 record, Detroit is flying under the radar with most of the attention going towards division rival the Florida Panthers. Detroit has the playoff pedigree to be a nice under rated pick.

Long shots

Philadelphia Flyers 100-1

Currently on the outside looking in, the Flyers are playing well going into the break. With an overtime win against the Capitals days before the all-star shut down, the Flyers hold a 6-3-1 record in their past 10. Not a bad finish to the first half of the year, but constancy is the key here and if they can maintain that a surge into the playoffs is not out of the question, and making some notice if they can get there would be no surprise.

Carolina Hurricanes 200-1

This is as close to a long shot as you can find. The Hurricanes not even in a playoff spot were picked by many to finish dead last. But with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10 games before the break, including  a 5-0 beat down of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canes are playing their best hockey of the year. Question you have to ask is – is this the norm or a bleep on the radar? If you think it’s a team on the rise then this bet could pay off in a large way.

 

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