The quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins on April 11th, 2018. Will you be betting on the NHL Playoffs this time around? If so, should you bet on our odds-makers top choice of Nashville? What about the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins? Who is the smart bet? Is there a long shot ready to make a run and hoist the oldest sports trophy in the world? Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.
Odds & Picks To Win The 2018 Stanley Cup
- Nashville Predators +450
- Tampa Bay Lightning +575
- Vegas Golden Knights +700
- Boston Bruins +800
- Winnipeg Jets +900
- Pittsburgh Penguins +950
- Washington Capitals +1350
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1350
- San Jose Sharks +2450
- Anaheim Ducks +2450
- Columbus Blue Jackets +2450
- Los Angeles Kings +2450
- Minnesota Wild +2450
- Philadelphia Flyers +4000
- Colorado Avalanche +4000
- New Jersey Devils +4000
The 2018 Stanley Cup Favorite: Nashville Predators +450
Last year the Nashville Predators were a surprise when they made it to the Stanley Cup finals. They would lose in 6-games to the Penguins.
This year the Preds ran the board ending the season as President’s Trophy winners. The trophy is awarded to the the most winningest team in the regular season. Nashville finished the season with a 53-18-11 record.
No superstition for the regular season champs. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/V1B82Lr2tl
— NHL (@NHL) April 8, 2018
If you are a superstitious bettor then avoid Nashville. Everyone knows you aren’t supposed to touch the President’s Trophy if you want to hoist the Stanley Cup.
The Smart Stanley Cup Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins +950
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the last two Stanley Cups. Does that mean you should bet on the Pens to win a third?
Not so fast. Normally when a team, like the Pens this season, is dead last in even-strength save percentage, they miss the playoffs by a wide margin. Their saving grace is the trio of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel. The Pens’ glaring shortcoming is their goaltending. An oft-injured starter and unproven backup will be Pitt’s downfall.
The Longshot Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs +1350
Is 2018 finally when Canada brings the Stanley Cup back home? The Winnipeg Jets have the better odds at +900, but why are the Toronto Maple Leafs a better bet at +1350?
While Toronto has the offensive firepower that rivals the best teams in the NHL, they are heavily reliant on goaltending to stay in games. The Maple Leafs did not upgrade their blue line at the deadline and that may come back to haunt them unless goalie Frederik Andersen gets hot.
A hot goalie with a young core of offensive players could propel the Leafs to the finals.