Angelo Montilla | Sun 03/12/2017 - 14:55 EST

Five NHL Teams to Bet On to Win the Stanley Cup

Five NHL Teams to Bet On to Win the Stanley Cup
Over a month into the National Hockey League season and it’s evident who the real Stanley Cup contenders are. The Tampa Bay Lighting, who last won the Cup in 2004, are the frontrunners, but the race is closer than ever before with the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues not far behind. Here are five teams that you should consider putting your money on to win the Stanley Cup this season.

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#5 Nashville Predators (+1200)

The Nashville Predators came so close to winning the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup crown. With much of the same team returning to the ice for the 2017-18 campaign, watch for the Predators to make another run and challenge for a Stanley Cup. The Predators, who are +1200 underdogs of winning the title in 2018, face a tough test of getting out of a stacked Western Conference, which also features powerhouse clubs like Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

#4 Pittsburgh Penguins (+1200) 

No team has won three straight Stanley Cups since the New York Islanders accomplished the feat from 1980 to 1983. The Pittsburgh Penguins will have their work cut out for them if the club intends to join that impressive group of consecutive Cup champions. There are other teams in the East that have caught up to the defending champions, who sit at +1200 to win a third straight championship.

#3 St. Louis Blues (+800) 

Every year the St. Louis Blues are in the early discussion of Cup favorites, but by the end of the season, they club tends to fade away. There’s something different this year with the Blues, who will be among the top teams in the Western Conference when all is said and done. Vladimir Tarasenko is in the prime of his career and the Blues boast a rock-solid defensive core anchored by Norris Trophy candidate Alex Pietrangelo, making them legitimate Cup favorites at +800.

#2 Toronto Maple Leafs (+800)

The plan in Toronto was for a long rebuild expected to last five years or more in order to bring the struggling franchise back to one that could compete for a Stanley Cup. Auston Matthews sped up that process as the Toronto Maple Leafs vaulted up the list of Stanley Cup favorites in 2017. With an offense that can score at will as well as a rock-solid goaltender in Frederik Anderson, the Leafs have a great chance at not only securing a post-season berth but also making a deep playoff run. At +800, it is worth the shot of putting your money down on the youthful Maple Leafs.

#1 Tampa Bay Lightning (+700)

For the first time in years, Steven Stamkos is healthy and contributing in more ways than just the goals department. Stamkos has evolved into an elite, all-around forward.

Pair that with the play of Russian sniper Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning can be considered legitimate contenders for the Stanley Cup.

The Bolts are +700 favorites to lift Lord Stanley’s Mug in 2018. Now is the time to put your money on the Lightning, who are only going to get better as the season progresses. You can expect that +700 line to move down significantly the closer we get to playoffs.

Stanley Cup Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning (+700)
Runner-up: St. Louis Blues (+800)

Category : Sports Betting News

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