Betting on NHL Futures
The NHL season is underway and all teams feel that this is their year with a clean slate to start the season. The Blackhawks open the 2015-2016 season as favorites, but the field is closing in on them this year. Many trades were made in one of the busiest off-seasons in quite some time.
NHL Lines & Matchup Insight
The odds imply that the Blackhawks have roughly a 10.5% chance of repeating. Those odds offer tremendous value for a team that essentially returns every player and has even added a few key pieces.
Behind them, come the Tampa Bay Lightning from the East. The Lightning had many injuries down the stretch of the 2014-2015 season which really caused them to flop in the playoffs. Tampa Bay had been the hottest team in the NHL and will look to make amends this season.
Odds to win 2015-2016 Stanley Cup
Chicago Blackhawks 7/1
The Blackhawks traded away Brandon Saad in the offseason, but return the rest of their team who dominated the 2014-2015 Playoffs en route to their 3rd Stanley Cup in 6 attempts.
Looking at the defense, the Blackhawks have experience, that comes with youth. Duncan Keith has become one of the top defenseman in the league and is just 32 years old. Along side him is Brent Seabrook, who is just 30 and a top tier defenseman like his co partner.
The offense is the same way with Jonathan Toews, who is just 27, and Patrick Kane, who is 26.
Anaheim Ducks 8/1
The Ducks have the depth to really make a push at the Cup this year. The depth allows them to overcome any injuries and even have potential trade pieces when the deadline nears.
Anaheim also has one of the most feared tripods in the league. Patrick Maroon, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry who all have built the chemistry necessary to strike at any time.
In goal, they also have a lot of depth. Starting for them will be Frederik Andersen, but there are a lot of valuable options behind him incase he struggles or on his off days. John Gibson and Anton Khudobin sit behind him, both who have shown much potential.
Tampa Bay Lightning 8/1
The Lightning have the most value and upside to their game. Had it not been for the many injuries they had in 2014, things may have ended differently for them. Steven Stamkos and Ben Bishop headlined many Lightning injuries, especially down the stretch of the season.
Tampa Bay also has one of the most threatening lines in the NHL. Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov were one of the most successful lines in the 2014-2015 season. Combined, they put in 73 goals.
Montreal Canadiens 10/1
The Canadiens have arguably the best netminder in the NHL. G Carey Price finished the 2014-2015 season with a record of 44-16-6 and had a GAA of 1.96. Carey also posted 9 shutouts. If he can repeat those number this year, the Canadiens could be in store for a big season.
Also leading the charge for Montreal is Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec. The duo put up 127 points combined last year.
Defensively, the Canadiens are led by P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov. Subban’s +/- was 21 last year and he notched 60 points. Both Subban and Markov are two of the best defenders, but also have the ability to find the back of the net offensively.
Pittsburgh Penguins 13/1
The Penguins had one of the busiest off-seasons as they acquired Phil Kessel from the Maple Leafs and signed Nick Bono to boost their already impressive line up. Add Kessel to the RW in a line with Crosby or Malkin and things could be extremely explosive.
G Marc Andre Fleury is the biggest key for the Penguins. He had a roller coaster of a season when he finished 34-20. He did however finish with 2.32 GAA, which was one of the best GAA he’s had in his career.
St. Louis Blues 14/1
The Blues odds are a little questionable considering they traded away TJ Oshie to Washington.
Still, without Oshie, this team has a lot of returning starters that offer a lot of talent. David Backes, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko all return and will see more opportunities at goal with Oshie not up front.
They also added Troy Brouwer. Brouwer had a +/- of 11 in 2014 and recorded 43 points for Washington.
New York Rangers 9/1
The Rangers were just one game away from a Stanley Cup appearance last season. With G Henrik Lundqvist in goal, the Rangers have value and potential here.
Washington Capitals 15/1
The Caps had an early exit against the Islanders last year in the playoffs, but with Alexander Ovechkin leading the way and newly acquired TJ Oshie, the Capitals have a chance in the East.
Complete NHL Futures:
- Chicago Blackhawks 7/1
- Anaheim Ducks 8/1
- Tampa Bay Lightning 8/1
- New York Rangers 9/1
- Montreal Canadiens 10/1
- Minnesota Wild 12/1
- Pittsburgh Penguins 13/1
- St. Louis Blues 14/1
- San Jose Sharks 15/1
- Washington Capitals 15/1
- Los Angeles Kings 16/1
- Nashville Predators 16/1
- New York Islanders 20/1
- Dallas Stars 22/1
- Detroit Red Wings 25/1
- Calgary Flames 28/1
- Winnipeg Jets 28/1
- Boston Bruins 30/1
- Vancouver Canucks 30/1
- Columbus Blue Jackets 35/1
- Ottawa Senators 40/1
- Florida Panthers 45/1
- Colorado Avalanche 50/1
- Arizona Coyotes 60/1
- Edmonton Oilers 60/1
- Philadelphia Flyers 60/1
- Buffalo Sabres 85/1
- New Jersey Devils 100/1
- Carolina Hurricanes 150/1
- Toronto Maple Leafs 150/1
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