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NHL Playoffs - Updated Stanley Cup Champion Odds

Nov 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) is congratulated as he scores as goal during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New update available as of 4/25/2019, access it here…

Clearly the NHL regular season taught us nothing. An 82-game season generally gives you a pretty good idea of who a team is.

Not this year.

The Calgary Flames, who were 50-25-7 in the regular season, were bumped from the playoffs last night when the Colorado Avalanche beat them 4-1 in the series. The NHL playoffs now are without the best two teams from the NHL regular season. The Tampa Bay Lightning, of course, were already bumped when they were swept in the first-round. That came after a 62-16-4 record in the regular season.

With the Toronto Maple Leafs taking a 3-2 series lead over the Boston Bruins (49-24-9) last night, the third-best team is on the verge of elimination, too! They say things come in threes…

Stanley Cup Champion odds have changes significantly as a result, at least for some teams.

NHL Betting Odds – Updated Stanley Cup Champion Odds

NHL Team Odds (4/20/19) Odds (4/17/19)
New York Islanders +550 +550
Columbus Blue Jackets +600 +625
Vegas Golden Knights +650 +550
Colorado Avalanche +650 +1400
Washington Capitals +750 +600
Toronto Maple Leafs +750 +800
St. Louis Blues +900 +1400
Nashville Predators +1100 +850
Boston Bruins +1400 +1300
Dallas Stars +1900 +2000
Carolina Hurricanes +1900 +3000
Winnipeg Jets +1900 +1300
San Jose Sharks +2900 +3300
Calgary Flames OFF – Eliminated +1000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

Stanley Cup NHL Betting Thoughts

  • The Vegas Golden Knights (+650) are the best investment of the group. They’re one-win away from advancing into the next round, as they lead the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.
  • I’m also not writing off the Washington Capitals (+750), despite being in a 2-2 series tie with the Carolina Hurricanes. Washington started slow a year ago, too, before turning on the jets.
  • And for a hattrick in wagers, sprinkle some cash on New York Islanders (+550). I’m not a huge believer, but their defensive style and sound goaltending is what gets it done in the NHL postseason. They shut down the high-scoring options for the Pittsburgh Penguins, so no other offense sans maybe Vegas will be intimidating to them.

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