NHL Stanley Cup Odds πŸ’

We're in the heart of the NHL season, and some true contenders are beginning to emerge, including one on a historic pace. With a pair of great games going down tonight, let's take a look at some futures and the three best teams in the league πŸ₯… (3 min read)

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Stanley Cup Favorites Emerging

A blockbuster deal on Monday between the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks means NHL trade season is officially upon us, which is as good of an excuse as any to check in on this year's biggest Stanley Cup threats πŸ†

  • Surprisingly, it wasn't a team at the top of the standings making the first big splash of the season. The Islanders are currently on the outskirts of the playoff picture, but that didn't stop them from adding All-Star center Bo Horvat with hopes of making a second-half push 🀞

I certainly won't knock a team for making moves to improve, but expecting any kind of playoff run by the Islanders is a big ask, especially in the gauntlet that is the Eastern Conference. They're joined there by four of the five biggest favorites to bring home this year's Stanley Cup β€” here's an updated look at the odds of the top contenders πŸ‘‡

  • Boston Bruins: +500 (bet $100 to win $500)

  • Carolina Hurricanes: +700

  • Colorado Avalanche: +750

  • Toronto Maple Leafs: +1000

  • Tampa Bay Lightning: +1100

  • Vegas Golden Knights: +1100

With the Bruins, Leafs and Lightning making up a three-headed monster in the Atlantic, smart money is on the champ coming out of that division. But this Hurricanes team looks hungry to take that next step, and the reigning champs out in Colorado have their eyes on a repeat. We're gearing up for quite the Stanley Cup race, and as we all know, once playoff hockey comes around, anything can happen πŸ’

Trivia Question: Who won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the Bruins the last time they won the Stanley Cup?

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Tonight's Action

Tonight's NHL slate may be light with just two games going down, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. We've got a pair of Eastern Conference clashes you won't want to miss, featuring the league's three best teams ⬇️

  • Spread: Bruins -1.5

  • Moneyline: Bruins -122 (bet $122, win $100), Maple Leafs +102

  • O/U: 6 Total Goals

The Bruins have had several championship-caliber rosters since they last won it all back in 2011, but no hardware to show for it. Is this the year the Stanley Cup finally returns to Beantown?

  • With the best record in the NHL and a 9-point lead over their nearest competitor, this Boston team isn't just good; they're historic-pace good 🀯

  • Their electric attack unsurprisingly leads the NHL in scoring, and much of that success can be attributed to a career year from David Pastrnak. The 26-year-old winger ranks fourth in the league in points and second in goals; it's no wonder why Boston is trying to lock him up long-term πŸ”’

The Bruins are just as dominant on the other end of the ice, where they've allowed the fewest goals in the league by a solid margin. But this team isn't invincible, and we've seen that firsthand over their current three-game skid. Getting back on track tonight on the road in Toronto certainly won't be easy

  • Overshadowed in their own division, don't discount the Maple Leafs as a legit contender this season. They currently rank third in the league in points, they're balanced and deep, and they've already handed the Bruins one of their few losses this season 😀

  • Spread: Hurricanes -1.5

  • Moneyline: Hurricanes -162, Sabres +134

  • O/U: 6.5 Total Goals

Interestingly enough, the Canes currently check in as the NHL's second-best team, yet they don't have a single player who ranks top-50 in points this season 🀯

  • Not only is that evidence of how stingy they've been on defense, but also how well-rounded their offense is, which makes them all the more difficult to stop. That, along with their break-neck pace πŸ‘‡

On the other hand, the Sabres have been a bit of a one-man show this season, but for what its worth that one man has been on an absolute tear πŸ”₯

  • Currently the league's third-leading goal scorer, 25-year-old Tage Thompson is doing everything in his power to get Buffalo back to playoffs for the first time since 2011

He has the Sabres in the midst of their best season in years, but reaching the postseason will be an uphill climb in the loaded Atlantic. Every win counts, and they've got the opportunity for a big one at home tonight 😎

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For My Parlay Gurus

Winning a hockey game as a visitor in Toronto is never an easy feat, but I think the Bruins are way too good to drop four straight. I'm also going with their division mate to pull off an upset in front of the Buffalo faithful tonightβ€” check out this parlay πŸ‘‡

  • Bruins ML @ Maple Leafs: -122

  • Sabres ML vs. Hurricanes: +134

$100 on this bet would win you $326 β€” if we hit, make sure you email [email protected] for a chance to win up to $100*. Many will enter, only some will win πŸ˜‰

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Trivia Answer: Goalie Tim Thomas earned the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2011 after only surrendering eight goals in the seven-game Stanley Cup Finals win over the Canucks

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