NHL Betting – Top Stanley Cup Picks

by BetOnline.com on September 30, 2009

Sportsbook bettors are very busy people these days. We have the NFL, college football and the MLB playoffs on the horizon and now NHL hockey starts this week. Here are some teams to consider when assessing full-season hockey odds to win the Stanley Cup.

 

1. Boston Bruins (+900 to win)

 

Boston is built for the playoffs. Its forward corps is huge, led by physical wingers like Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, who punish opposing defenders on the forecheck. Marc Savard, one of the league’s most underrated players, does a great job distributing the puck to his snipers. Thanks to reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas in goal and reigning Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara on defense, the Bruins prevent goals as well as they score them.

 

2. Chicago Blackhawks (+800 to win)

 

If an NHL odds forecast could tell us now that Cristobal Huet will become a solid NHL starting goalie again, Chicago would top this list. The Hawks have an young, incredibly talented top four on defense and two of the game’s great offensive stars in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Toss in Marian Hossa when he returns from injury and you have a formidable squad.

 

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (+500 to win)

 

A throwback to the superstar era of the 1980s and 1990s, the Penguins are living proof that two or three key players can carry you to a Cup. The Pens’ group of gritty, role-playing forwards are a good enough support system for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, two of the top three players in the world, and Marc-Andre Fleury is a big-game goalie.

 

4. Detroit Red Wings (+450 to win)

 

The Wings came within a game of a Stanley Cup but could regress slightly this season. They solider on without Marian Hossa and Jiri Hudler on offense; Chris Osgood is getting long in the tooth in goal; and Detroit’s penalty killing is a major liability. They’ll contend but may not go all the way.

 

5. San Jose Sharks (+700 to win)

 

They’re not quite putting all their eggs in one basket, but they’re close. They gutted their depth by dealing Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and Christian Ehrhoff to make room for Dany Heatley. The Senators castoff will form an outstanding offensive duo with Joe Thornton and the Sharks could have the league’s best power play with Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle and Rob Blake in the mix. There’s nothing wrong with San Jose’s talent but can they overcome the mental block that makes them choke in the playoffs every year? It’s not necessarily good betting management to back them.

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