Sports fans are heading into one of the best betting periods on the calendar as March Madness, the NBA playoffs and NHL Stanley Cup chase are all kicking into high gear. Add in the start of the MLB regular season and we have a cornucopia of handicapping excitement. With the 2016-17 National Hockey League trade deadline now history, it’s time to check out the odds to win the title. Fire on Ice – We love it!
NHL 2017-18 Stanley Cup Futures Odds
During the National Hockey League season, online bookmakers, like those at William Hill, offer a variety of Division, Conference and Stanley Cup futures odds. As the season moves along, favorite odds shrink and underdog lines grow. Check back here anytime for the best NHL postseason prices.
Lastest William Hill Sportsbook 2018 NHL Futures Update: 22/06/17
Pre 2017 NHL Entry Draft Stanley Cup Futures Update
Illustrating that “one player doesn’t make a team” the Vegas Golden Knights were like kids in a candy store as they selected one player from each of the thirty teams during the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, 2017. While this was a huge day for the Sin City Crew – it barely nudged the 2018 Stanley Cup futures needle. That should change this weekend.
Vegas snagged notable players such Marc Andrea Fluery, Cody Ekin, James Neal and Calvin Pickard. Building from the net out the Knights were devalued as their Cup line went from (+20000) to (12500) which is still the overall pup price. Tampa Bay (+1000 to +1100) and Toronto (+1600 to +1400) were the only other squads with price moves.
Not as big as the NFL hype, but bigger than the NBA and MLB Entry Drafts, the NHL selection process runs June 23-24, 2017. The “no movement” period has also ended and things may go crazy trade wise today. We expect the prices will move once the Draft is over on Saturday. Check back for our William Hill odds update on Monday.
Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Previous Movements
2017 Cup Wrap – 2018 NHL Title Odds 13/06/17
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins – 2017 Stanley Cup Champs! The Steel City Crew is the third team to win back-to-back Cups over the past 26 seasons. Sidney Crosby & Crew join the Steve Yzerman led Detroit Red Wings (1997 & 98) and the Mario Lemieux Penguins squad that turned the double in 1991 and 1992. This is the fifth time Pittsburgh has captured Stanley. That ties the Pens with the Pirates (MLB) and leaves them one title away from the Steelers (NFL) when it comes to major sports Championships in the State of Pennsylvania.
Crosby earned the Conn Smythe MVP award for a second straight year and he joins Lemieux as the only players to accomplish that feat since Bernie Parent led the Philadelphia Flyers to back-to back NHL tiles in 1974 and 1975. Thanks to a well planned research path for our Game 6 prediction – we ended our 2017 NHL Playoff prediction run on a high note.
Bookmakers are already looking forward the 2017-18 NHL season. With studs like Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, plus rising stars like Matt Murray, Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel, the Penguins (+850) are top favorites to capture their third straight Stanley Cup at William Hill. That would be the first 3-Peat since the New York Islanders (1980–1983) won four in a row. The 2018 NHL Expansion and Entry Drafts will impact these numbers – stay tuned.
Edmonton, Tampa Bay and Washington are tied as second chalk (+1000) and Chicago sits alone in the third spot with a (+1200) ML. At the opposite end of the spectrum, doom and gloom is forecasted in for Colorado, Detroit, New Jersey and Vancouver as they have all been tagged with as (+10000) Stanley Cup pups. Heading into their inaugural NHL season, in the Great State of Nevada, the Vegas Golden Knights are top dogs with a (+20000) Stanley Cup money line. When the Sin City squad is announced (21/06/17) the Knighrs price will drop.
Stanley Cup Futures Odds Update May 28, 2017: NHL Championship Round
Prepare for the Final Fight! That’s the battle cry for NHL puck betting fans in Tennessee and Pennsylvania as Nashville and Pittsburgh remain as the last two contenders in the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. During three rough and tumble series, the Predators crushed Chicago (4-0) St. Louis (4-2) and Anaheim (4-2) to win their first Western Conference Championship. Travelling a tough path, fraught with more resistance than some pundits figured they would face, the Penguins eliminated Columbus (4-1) then bitter arch-rival Washington (4-3) and Ottawa (4-3) to capture their franchise sixth Eastern Conference crown. The Pens had a 58-44 lamp lighting advantage during their 19 postseason contests while he Preds outscored their opponents by an extremely dominating 47-29 final count over 16 playoff battles.
Stanley Cup futures lines are now the NHL Championship odds and, slightly surprising, Pittsburgh heads into Game 1 on May 29, 2017, at PPG Paints Arena as (-163) final series chalk. Underdogs, for the first time since they bashed the Blackhawks 13-3 during a four game weep, Nashville rolls into their first every NHL Championship series with a (+138) price on the NHL betting board at William Hill. Beyond the series prices, William Hill bookmakers have also posted futures lines on the series correct score, total number of games, the Conn Smythe Trophy MVP winner, as well as huge variety of individual player props such as the goals, assists and save leaders. We have placed bets on Nashville winning in six games (+400) and Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne (+200) as the Stanley Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player.
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds May 11, 2017: Conference Championship Round
Frozen Four playoff action is next up in the National Hockey League. Hands up if you had Ottawa vs Pittsburgh and Nashville vs Anaheim in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals respectively. We imagine the hands are few and far between. That’s especially true when considering the Senators opened the 2017 NHL postseason as overall pups with a (+3300) money line while the Predators were the #12 seed with a (+2500) NHL Championship price. Nine of the original top eleven teams have been bounced from the postseason. The Penguins, who began the playoffs as #3 seeds (+800) are moving towards EVEN as the Pens (+150) are back in the top chalk slot. The Ducks are now second overall favorites as their (+1200) line, posted prior to the playoffs, has shrunk to a tiny (+240) NHL overall Championship price.
Bookmakers at William Hill have Nashville (+333) as third overall chalk while Ottawa has reclaimed their longshot role with a (+500) Stanley Cup price. We have been on a roller-coaster ride during the playoffs and our underdog selections (plus Washington) have now been eliminated. They were lightly bet predictions that will all be covered if Anaheim claims the Cup as we bet on the Ducks prior to Game 4 of the Rangers vs Senators series. We don’t see the Senators fairing well vs the Penguins who look like the NFL New England Patriots with their “next man up” mantra. Anaheim vs Nashville will be a very entertaining battle as both teams play a heavy style of hockey. If you are wagering on the playoffs, the top rated sportsbooks here at Canada Sports Betting are the best NHL wagering websites.
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Update: Round Two Semifinals April 25, 2017
Number one ranked Chicago? Ciao Bello! Fourth rated Minnesota? Maybe next year. Fifth favorite Columbus? Collect your gear and hit the golf course. Oh how the mighty can fall eh? With three of the top five favorites eliminated, during the quarterfinals, the 2017 Stanley Cup futures odds have changed dramatically. Despite playing six straight one-goal games (five that went to extra time) vs #15 seed Toronto, Washington is back in the top chalk slot at Bodog. The Capitals (+300) NHL Championship line is fairly sharper than the (+450) price on the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of those two are guaranteed to not claim the Cup as the Pens and Caps will clash in Round Two. Summary: Pittsburgh put away Washington – again!
After sweeping the Calgary Flames, Anaheim saw their NHL title price fall from sixth favorite (+1200) to third chalk at (+550) on the playoff betting futures board at Bodog. Edmonton is soaring just above the Ducks as the Oilers are carrying a (+500) line into Round Two. Again, one of those teams will not capture the Cup as they will battle each other in the Western Conference Semifinals. St. Louis (+700) Nashville (+700) New York (+800) and Ottawa (+1100) round out the remaining Cup contenders. We have several Cup futures wagers on the go and we are adding a 50 unit Predators + Ducks + Rangers series winning parlay bet that has a possible 224.43 unit return. Summary: Nashville – Anaheim – New York.
NHL Stanley Cup Futures: Round One Quarterfinals April 12, 2017 Update
Welcome to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though not fair to regular season ticket holders, NHL action hits a new level once the second season begins. Games move faster, skill is more evident and cheap play is often costly to offending squads. The Bodog betting board hasn’t changed much at the top since our Week 26 update as Chicago (+425) and Washington (+450) are still Cup Final chalk. Apart from that, whether due to their play over the final week or first round opponent, there have been major price changes. Ottawa leads the way in line movement as the Senators money line went from +2200 to +3300. That’s despite the fact that Sens have quarterfinal home ice advantage versus the injury ravaged Boston Bruins.
Montreal and Toronto lines held steady, Edmonton saw a sharp cut (+1800 to +1200) and Calgary ballooned from +2200 to a +2800 money line price. While it is a longshot – there is a chance that the Battle of Alberta may be fired up in the second round of the playoffs. San Jose sucked down the stretch so the Oilers have a real solid chance to win that series while the Ducks need to beware of a young Flames crew. With pup line wagers on Edmonton and Calgary we’ve added Toronto as a ten unit wager delivers a possible 280 unit return on the Buds (+2800) price. We will also take the Capitals (+450) and the Blue Jackets (+1200) with a fifty unit wager on each of their Cup Odds. Who do you like to hoist Lord Stanley’s Mug? Tell us in our Facebook comment section below and bet with top rated CSB sportsbooks.
NHL Week 26 - April 3, 2017 Update
As the final week of the 2016-17 NHL regular season begins, the eight Western Conference Stanley Cup contenders have been determined. It’s a totally different story in the Eastern Conference though as six teams continue to fight for the final three spots. Boston, Toronto and Ottawa are favoured to make the playoffs but Tampa Bay, NY Islanders and Carolina still have an outside shot. Chicago (+450) remains as top NHL title chalk at Bodog, followed by Washington (+550) Pittsburgh (+600) Minnesota (+750) and Columbus (+1000) who held onto the two to five favorite positions. San Jose, Anaheim and Edmonton all had (-200) ML drops in the West. We will be back on Wednesday, April 12 with our NHL playoff preview and picks. Remember to follow us on Facebook to receive daily sports betting updates.
NHL Week 25 - March 28, 2017 Update
There is a new leader atop the Bodog NHL Stanley Cup futures board as Chicago has passed Washington as top chalk. A hot run, not counting a 7-0 pounding the Panthers just put on them on, has the Hawks as favorites to claim their fourth Cup in eight years. Metropolitan Division squads continue to dominate the top of the Bodog betting board as the Capitals, Penguins and Blue Jackets own three of the top five slots. Toronto made the biggest move this week as the Maple Leafs dropped from a +4000 money line to +2800 odds thanks to a 7-2-1 recent record. Despite a solid 7-2-1 run of their own, the price on Columbus jumped from +900 to +1200. Stick with us over the final two weeks and into the NHL playoffs.
NHL Week 24 - March 20, 2017 Update
NHL Week 24 Stanley Cup futures show top contender prices sinking while pup lines grow. The top four teams, Washington (+475) Chicago (+475) Minnesota (+650) and Pittsburgh (+650) are fairly clear cut contenders at Bodog. The latest lines are intriguing in that the Western Conference Central Division and Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division both have two favorites in the top four. That kind of leaves the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions with very little Championship love on the 2017 Stanley Cup futures betting board at Bodog.
Watching the fantastic races, we haven’t seen a team that stands out as a red hot Cup lock. That is fantastic news for long shot bettors as even a possible #16 seed pup like Toronto has a title shot. They still have work ahead but we see the Leafs making the playoffs. Then, as a possible run, series wins over Ottawa and Boston earns Toronto an Eastern Conference Final berth. Ten units delivers a 400 return with TOR and, as illustrated in our Bracketology video tutorial, the small bet to high rate of return ratio justifies backing a Cup run by the Buds.
NHL Week 23 – March 13, 2017 Update
Cruising toward the “First 16″ NHL Conference Quarterfinal qualifiers, the National Hockey League postseason field has been whittled down to 22 squads. At the time of writing, it is actually 23 teams (apologies to Buffalo fans) but the Sabres will be toast soon. The playoff stretch drive is going to be very heated as the Division and Wild Card positions may not be decided until the final day of the season on April 9, 2017. The numbers are going to change rapidly over the final four weeks so we advise bettors to check in at SportsInteraction for up to the minute NHL 2017 Stanley Cup futures odds. We LOVE the Hockey Holy Grail chase.
After a quiet trade deadline period, bookmakers at SportsInteraction have reloaded their NHL playoff futures odds. As the 2017 Stanley Cup title chase kicks into a much higher gear, Lord Stanley’s Mug is projected to stay in the Eastern Conference as five of the top seven favorites play in the East. Perennial favorites, but without a NHL Championship during their first 43 seasons, Washington is slight top chalk at SportsInteraction. The Capitals +400 price is just a tad ahead of the Minnesota Wild who are sporting a +600 Cup futures line. Stay Tuned!
NHL Eastern Conference Outright Odds Update 28/02/17
Stacked with talented teams, the Eastern Conference is looking for back-to-back NHL titles for the first time since the Tampa Bay Lightning (2004) and Carolina Hurricanes (2006) both claimed their franchise first Championship as they straddled the 2005 NHL lockout season. Trailing Washington, defending champion Pittsburgh (+800) Montreal (+1100) and Columbus (+1200) occupy four of the top six chalk positions on the SportsInteraction NHL futures board. Not far back, with a +1400 money line, the New York Rangers also deserve some consideration heading into the stretch run.
NHL Western Conference Outright Odds Update 28/02/17
Following a four-year Western Conference Stanley Cup run, San Jose fell to Sidney Crosby & Crew as the Sharks lost their first ever NHL Finals appearance last June. Minnesota is the current favorite to bring the Cup back to the West as the Wild (+600) are nipping at the Capitals heels for the top chalk slot. Winners of three of the last seven NHL titles, Chicago are the second favorite in the West with +900 ML odds. San Jose (+1400) along with Anaheim and Edmonton (+2000) round out the top five. Running hot, the Calgary Flames (+2800) are a dog with a shot in the wide open West.
NHL Hockey Future Bets Explained
Bettors who aren’t quite ready to make a Stanley Cup selection at this point have a wealth of other wagering options as the official push to the playoffs begins. Online bookmakers are also offering odds on the NHL Division and Conference Champions. Leaders are the top chalk in those other categories but, if you feel a team can get hot, backing an underdog division contender can pay off handsomely. The Ducks catching the Sharks, for example, gets bettors +550 money line odds as Anaheim is seven points behind San Jose in the race for first place in the Pacific Division.
Exciting NHL action will be featured on betting boards daily until the final whistle of the Canucks vs Oilers contest on April 9, 2017. That includes game total, puck line and straight up odds, LIVE in game wagering, plus a plentiful supply of team and player prop options. Top bookmakers listed below are focused on Canadian bettors and they are veteran ice hockey handicapping specialists. Canadians still placing forced parlay bets on the provincial lottery schemes are advised to bet when they want, on what they want, by registering an account at any of the CSB top rated sportsbooks.
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