Odds to Win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup: Maple Leafs Are All Alone at the Top
As per usual, sportsbooks are expecting another wide-open season on the ice. According to oddsmakers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the favorites to go all the way in the 2018-19 NHL campaign.
At Bovada, the John Tavares-led Maple Leafs lead the way at +650 odds, with the Tampa Bay Lightning (+750), Winnipeg Jets (+950), Nashville Predators (+1100), Vegas Golden Knights (+1100), Washington Capitals (+1100), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1200), Boston Bruins (+1200), San Jose Sharks (+1600) and St. Louis Blues (+2000) rounding out the top 10.
WHERE WILL KARLSSON GO?
The biggest domino yet to fall this summer is superstar Erik Karlsson, but as of September 12 the Swede remained an Ottawa Senator. The Dallas Stars and Lightning have been rumored to be the front-runners to land the franchise defenseman, however it appears trade talks have stalled for now. Whichever team Karlsson does end up with will receive a major boost in Stanley Cup odds. Simply put, players like Karlsson don’t come around on the open market very often. The Sens are in an unenviable place on many levels right now, which is highlighted by a lack of trade leverage.
PLENTY OF VALUE IN CURRENT CUP ODDS
Some professional sports leagues have been criticized for their lack of parity (looking at you, NBA), but the same certainly can’t be said about the NHL. For starters, at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, who could’ve predicted the Washington Capitals – a franchise synonymous with postseason failures – would finally get over the hump and win their first championship over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights?
That Stanley Cup matchup was proof of the unpredictability of the NHL, and sharp puck bettors can find tons of value on the oddsboard ahead of the upcoming season. Three teams further down the list I like are the Sharks, Blues and New Jersey Devils (+4000).
The Sharks retained their core while adding high-scoring winger Evander Kane to an already talented forward group that looks poised for a postseason run. The Blues had arguably the best offseason out of any team in the league (outside of Toronto), as the club traded for Ryan O’Reilly and signed Tyler Bozak, David Perron and Patrick Maroon in free agency. Fresh off a playoff appearance, the Devils are +4000 long shots to hoist the Cup, and while they have a ton of work to do in order to get there, I believe they shouldn’t be priced this high.
Take a look at the book’s full list of Stanley Cup odds. Who are you putting your money on? For more hockey betting information, head over to our NHL page.
2018-19 STANLEY CUP ODDS
Toronto Maple Leafs +650
Tampa Bay Lightning +750
Winnipeg Jets +950
Nashville Predators +1100
Vegas Golden Knights +1100
Washington Capitals +1100
Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
Boston Bruins +1200
San Jose Sharks +1600
St. Louis Blues +2000
Edmonton Oilers +2000
Los Angeles Kings +2500
Philadelphia Flyers +2500
Anaheim Ducks +3000
Dallas Stars +3000
Columbus Blue Jackets +3000
Calgary Flames +3300
Chicago Blackhawks +3300
Minnesota Wild +3500
Colorado Avalanche +4000
New Jersey Devils +4000
Florida Panthers +5000
Montreal Canadiens +7500
New York Rangers +8500
Carolina Hurricanes +10000
Buffalo Sabres +10000
New York Islanders +10000
Arizona Coyotes +10000
Ottawa Senators +10000
Vancouver Canucks +12500
Detroit Red Wings +20000
Odds as of September 12 at Bovada
Original source: https://www.oddsshark.com/nhl/stanley-cup-futures
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