FUTURES ODDS TO WIN THE 2017 STANLEY CUP
Looking for 2017 Stanley Cup Futures Betting Odds & Picks? The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs has narrowed its field down from 16 teams to a final four, giving bettors one last opportunity to hit the futures board with a look ahead at possible finals matchups.
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So who should we throw our money behind? Is one of the betting faves destined to win it all or is there some value down the board? Let’s break it down.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Odds:
Pittsburgh Penguins +160
There were a lot of question marks surrounding the Penguins entering the postseason, but the team has stomped out those questions in a hurry. Any perceived goaltending controversy is a thing of the past with Marc-Andre Fleury owning the crease and showing extended glimpses of the dominant backstopper he’s capable of being.
The Columbus Blue Jackets just didn’t have the offense to keep up with Pittsburgh, losing the first three games of that series before being ousted in five games. And the Washington Capitals just don’t have what it takes to really make a rivalry out of their series with Penguins, showing no life in a Game 7 in Washington.
Despite multiple injury scares, Sidney Crosby’s been his usual dominant self with 14 points in 11 games, while Evgeni Malkin’s been the unquestioned star of the postseason with 18 points in 12 games.
Jake Guentzel has really stepped his game up, notching 14 points and a team-high nine goals, while the third big-money player in the Penguins’ triumvirate, Phil Kessel, is adding better than a point-per-game with 13 thus far.
The Penguins are firing on all cylinders, and drawing the Ottawa Senators in the next round is a pretty favourable matchup. Then come the Final they’re certainly going to be arriving to the arena with more firepower than their opponent each day, so it’s difficult to make a case for avoiding the betting favorite in this case.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Nashville Predators +275
The Predators have made short work of their first couple opponents in the postseason, making it look like an easy path to this point for them, but it’s been far from that. The Predators drew the consensus West favorites in the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round and proceeded to sweep them in four games, allowing only three goals in the process.
Next up was a very good St. Louis Blues team, and the Preds quickly took a 3-1 series lead before ousting the Blues in six games. As is often the case with the Predators, the offense has come from a variety of sources, with no one on the club averaging a point per game or better throughout the playoffs.
Defenseman Ryan Ellis and center Ryan Johansen have led the way with nine points apiece, with talented scorers Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi right behind them with eight each.
But the star of the postseason for the Preds has been Pekka Rinne, whose 1.37 GAA and .951 save percentage don’t do justice in telling how dominant he’s been in the postseason. Through the first three games of the playoffs against the Blackhawks, he recorded two assists himself while allowing only two goals. The team’s going to go as far as Rinne can carry them, and right now, it looks like he can take them at least another round further.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Anaheim Ducks +275
Of the final four teams, the Ducks have had the easiest path to the conference finals. After sweeping the Calgary Flames in quick succession, the Ducks needed to overcome a 2-0 deficit to the Edmonton Oilers to complete their romp through the province of Alberta.
The team’s been scoring goals, and like we’ve seen from the team in the past, it’s a top-heavy output that’s carried the team. Ryan Getzlaf leads the team with eight goals and 15 points through 11 playoff games, while Jakob Silfverberg, Rickard Rakell, and Corey Perry have 11, 10, and nine points respectively.
If the team has visions of a Stanley Cup, they’re going to need a little more consistency on the back end out of goaltender John Gibson. He’s had some shaky outings, particularly against the Oilers, ceding his crease to his backup on a couple occasions.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Ottawa Senators +550
It’s been an up and down season for the Senators, but if you told the team they’d come away with six-game series victories over the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers in the first two rounds of the postseason, there wouldn’t be any point in the season in which the team wouldn’t happily take that.
They’ll really be tested against the high-powered Penguins in the East final, and the reality is they need Erik Karlsson to be at his absolute best to compete, but they likely won’t have that given the revelation about the seriousness of his foot injury. Look elsewhere for betting longshots.
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