NHL Stanley Cup Odds: Betting Power Rankings

NHL Stanley Cup Odds: Betting Power Rankings
TeamStanley Cup OddsPower Ranking
Tampa Bay Lightning+2501
Boston Bruins+900T2
Calgary Flames+900T2
San Jose Sharks+900T2
Toronto Maple Leafs+1100T5
Winnipeg Jets+1100T5
Nashville Predators+13007
Vegas Golden Knights+1500T8
Washington Capitals+1500T8
Pittsburgh Penguins+170010
St. Louis Blues+1700T10
New York Islanders+200012
Columbus Blue Jackets+2500T13
Montreal Canadiens+2500T13
Carolina Hurricanes+2500T13
Dallas Stars+300016
Minnesota Wild+350017
Arizona Coyotes+5000T18
Colorado Avalanche+5000T18
Philadephia Flyers+5000T18
Chicago Blackhawks+750021
Buffalo Sabres+10000T22
Vancouver Canucks+10000T22
Edmonton Oilers+10000T22
Florida Panthers+1500025
Anaheim Ducks+3500026
Los Angeles Kings+50000T27
New York Rangers+50000T27
Detroit Red Wings+5000029
New Jersey Devils+5000030
Ottawa SenatorsN/A31

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3 NHL Betting Tips for the Week

Toronto Cooling Off at Wrong Time

I’ve thought all year long the Toronto Maple Leafs were a bit overpriced in Stanley Cup betting odds, and the past week has done nothing to shake me of that belief.

The Leafs, who have been in the top five all season long with the bookmakers to win the Cup for the first time since 1967, got smoked by league-leading Tampa Bay at home. Then, they turned around and lost another game at home, to Chicago.

Toronto’s playoff spot is secure, but here’s why the losing of late matters: Toronto is all but certain to play Boston in the first round now, as they’ve fallen four points back of Boston in the Atlantic. So, Boston would have home-ice advantage.

The Maple Leafs led the Bruins most of the season in the standings, but not anymore. That doesn’t help their Cup chances any. So, lay off Toronto right now at their current +1100 at 888Sport.

Sharks Looking Scary

Unlike the Maple Leafs, the San Jose Sharks look like they’re peaking at a very good time. Entering Thursday, San Jose has won six in a row, to take the lead in the Pacific Division, one point up on Calgary.

Keep in mind too: The Sharks have played the last few weeks without Erik Karlsson because of injury. He’s expected back reasonably soon. San Jose is a favorite of hockey bettors not just because they win consistently on the moneyline, but they also cover the spread a lot too. At 43-27 (61.4 percent), the Sharks are second only to Tampa Bay against the spread.

The Sharks are tied for second at 888Sport, at +900, with two other teams to win the Cup (Boston and Calgary). Of those three, I think I like the Sharks’ chances the best. You might make a play on them before the odds go down.

Blues Could Overtake Predators

It would have seemed ludicrous to say this earlier in the season, but the St. Louis Blues may just pass the Nashville Predators for second place in the Central Division, which would give them home ice in a first-round series with Nashville.

While the Blues remain four points back of Nashville for second in the Central, they have two games in hand on the Predators.

Hey, St. Louis could still catch Winnipeg for first in the Central too. They’re only five points back.

The bottom line here: St. Louis is looking like an attractive dark horse for the Cup again, at +1700 at Karamba. OK, granted, the Blues have never won a Cup since joining the league in 1967. But there’s something funky, in a good way, about this team.

Their next opponent: last-place Ottawa, on Thursday. Don’t expect the good times to stop with that tilt.


Best NHL Teams Against the Spread 2018-19

TeamATS RecordPower Ranking
Tampa Bay Lightning53-171
Calgary Flames43-27T2
San Jose Sharks43-27T2
Toronto Maple Leafs42-274
Boston Bruins42-285
Washington Capitals41-296
Winnipeg Jets40-29T7
New York Islanders40-29T7
Columbus Blue Jackets39-319
Carolina Hurricanes38-3110
Nashville Predators39-3211
Vegas Golden Knights38-32T12
Pittsburgh Penguins38-32T12
Montreal Canadiens37-3314
St. Louis Blues36-33T15
Dallas Stars36-33T15
Arizona Coyotes35-3517
Philadelphia Flyers34-3518
Minnesota Wild33-3719
Edmonton Oilers31-3820
Buffalo Sabres30-39T21
Florida Panthers30-39T21
Chicago Blackhawks30-39T21
Colorado Avalanche30-4024
Vancouver Canucks28-41T25
New York Rangers28-41T25
Anaheim Ducks28-4327
Los Angeles Kings25-4428
New Jersey Devils25-4529
Detroit Red Wings24-4630
Ottawa Senators23-4731

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