NHL 2011 Stanley Cup Futures Betting @sportsbook: While it’s only July, still a way’s away from the NHL betting season, it’s never too early to check out Sports Betting’s odds of winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. When last we left off, two storied franchises, the Flyers and the Blackhawks were doing battle in the finals, with Chicago coming out on top.
This summer’s free agent crop hasn’t been as impressive as in years past. This tells us that the top teams will once again reign supreme for hockey betting. As for the Hawks and Flyers, Chicago is favored to be a contender again this season at 9 to 2, while Philly is longer NHL odds at 11 to 1.
Surprisingly, the Washington Capitals, a team that flamed out in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in the regular season, are co-favorites at 9 to 2. Based on what they weren’t able to do last season, we can’t believe many sharps are liking their odds right now.
Elsewhere, one team that is always in the hunt is Detroit. The Wings are listed at 8 to 1 to take home the next hockey championship. As for the Penguins, they’re a decent betting value at 11 to 2. Pittsburgh still has its core intact and no doubt will be hungrier this season. If one had to choose between the soft Capitals and the postseason-tested Pens, we think the choice is clear.
But there are some other intriguing teams to bet on at the moment. Without a confirmation on sniper Ilya Kovalchuk signing with the Kings at the moment, L.A. is still great value at 15 to 1. The hockey odds for the Kings will certainly change after Kovalchuk is signed.
And how about the San Jose Sharks? Much maligned for not succeeding in the playoffs, they finally got to the final four this past spring. Currently, Sports Betting has San Jose’s odds at 11 to 1, probably a perfect assessment.
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