Which Canadian Team Is Best Bet To Win the 2019 Stanley Cup?
- Bet Toronto to win the Stanley Cup at +700 with 888Sport.
- Bet Winnipeg to win the Stanley Cup at +1150 with Karamba.
The NHL All-Star break just passed, and while many teams are still enjoying a bye week, it seems like now is a good time to reflect on the futures to win the Stanley Cup.
There’s something odd in terms of the odds to win the Stanley Cup: three of the top five teams in terms Stanley Cup betting futures are Canadian. While the passion for hockey rages in the North, a Canadian team actually hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993 (26 years).
Will that change in 2019? Let’s take a closer look at the competitors and see where NHL betting fans should consider putting their money.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+700)
The Tampa Bay Lightning (+385) are the favorite to win the Cup, but the Leafs are right there behind them. The Leafs, who are on a bye week, just gave their roster a big boost by acquiring Jake Muzzin.
We know that the Leafs have the offense as they are fourth in goals per game (3.55) and ninth on the power play. However, it’s at the other end of the ice that’s been a concern.
They are giving up 2.86 goals per game on the season (tied with Tampa Bay for 21st), but that number has ballooned to 3.10 in January.
Muzzin addresses the Leafs major weakness – the blue line – and he’ll give them 21:32 minutes of solid ice time. We’ll see how the Lightning respond but as of now, the Leafs did really well with this move.
They are the best bet to win the Stanley Cup among the Canadian teams and worth a flier at +700 with 888Sport.
Calgary Flames (+1000)
The Flames entered the season with a modest regular season point total of 93.5. They already have 71 points through 51 games – the most in the Western Conference – which shows you just how much of a surprise this team has been.
An offseason trade for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin has paid huge dividends as Lindholm is in the midst of a breakout campaign with 21 goals and 37 assists while Hanifin has been steady on the blue line.
The key to their success has been (and will be) second-year netminder David Rittich. He’s 19-4-4 with a .918 save percentage and 2.47 GAA. Those are solid-but-not-great numbers. Veteran Mike Smith is the backup but his best days are behind him.
The concern here is that Calgary is a very young team with minimal playoff experience. We could see that inexperience show up come playoff time. Bet them at +1000 with Karamba.
Winnipeg Jets (+1150)
The Jets lead the Central Division with 66 points, but the concern here is they cooled off after a hot start. They were 22-9-2 at one point but are just 10-7-0 in their last 17 games. They get a big win over the Boston Bruins in their most recent contest, though.
The issue for them has been goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. A breakout star last season when he posted a 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage, he’s down to 2.85 and .910 in those categories.
However, what you have to like about the Jets is their pedigree. This Jets team went to the Eastern Conference final last season and knows what it takes to get it done. They have a very deep roster and if Hellebuyck can play a little better come playoff time, there’s no reason why they can’t make a run. Grab them at +1150 with Karamba.
Best Of The Rest
There are a couple of other Canadian teams that could be in the mix, as the Montreal Canadiens (+4500), Vancouver Canucks (+12500) and Edmonton Oilers (+8000) are all either in the playoffs or close.
The Canadiens were supposed to be rebuilding this year but have managed to stay competitive as they are just one point shy of the Maple Leafs. That’s downright shocking. Remember that Toronto had a preseason point total over-under set at 106.5 after collecting 105 points last season.
As for the Habs, they were at 79.5 after posting 71 last season. The Canadiens probably aren’t a real threat for the Stanley Cup this year as they are still planning their future. Carey Price has a 1.52 GAA and .953 save percentage in January, though, so this team will be a tough out if he continues to play like that.
As for the Canucks and Oilers, they’re both a long ways away from a Cup. The Canucks are also rebuilding and any success they have this year is a bonus. Meanwhile, the Oilers have already fired their head coach and general manager this season.
While they’re still just three points out of a playoff spot, that’s more of a testament to how bad the bottom of the Western Conference is more so a compliment to the Oilers mess of a season.
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