Stanley Cup Odds: 5 Early Sleepers That Could Shock Us All
The National Hockey League really couldn’t ask for a better start to the 2017-18 season.
Goal scoring is up tremendously through 1 week of the campaign. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights are 3-0 and a huge feel-good story in the wake of the tragic mass shooting that rocked Las Vegas earlier this month. One of the league’s most popular teams, the Maple Leafs, looks like world beaters. Heck, even the Penguins’ visit to the White House on Tuesday drew tons of media attention. (As they say, any publicity is good publicity.)
Now that each team in the league has seen at least 2 games of action, and some have played 4 times, we’ve also got a better sense of where everyone stands. It’s a perfect time to review the Stanley Cup futures board and see where we can find some value, especially on teams that weren’t expected to do much this year but are off to promising starts.
Updated 2018 Stanley Cup Odds At Bovada
It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since a Canadian team took home the Stanley Cup, but the early-season odds suggest that that streak has a good chance of coming to an end in 2018.
Led by defending MVP Connor McDavid, who put up a hat trick on opening night, the Edmonton Oilers are currently the Cup favorites at Bovada despite a 1-2 start to the year. And right behind them are the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose blistering offense (19 goals in 3 games) has them looking like a serious threat to snap a lengthy Cup drought of their own. Toronto’s last NHL championship came in 1967.
Behind those 2 teams are the usual Cup favorites, with the two-time defending champion Penguins, perennial regular-season power Capitals and Steven Stamkos-led Lightning all paying +1200 or less. The Blackhawks, who have already won 3 Cup titles this decade and are off to a surprising 3-1 start this year after losing several key pieces over the offseason, are also right there at +1200.
Here’s the full odds at Bovada following 1 week of action: