|It's never too early to throw in some Cup futures. Here are three I like and four I don't. I cashed in on the Kings at 18-1 on a bet I made in July.
Posted: 6/13/2012 11:08:12 AM
With one of the league's best goaltenders, the Predators are poised for another postseason run. Mike Smith cooled off Nashville this year but the Preds will be back, especially if they can add a piece on offense.
San Jose 25-1
Time is running out for big Joe Thornton and Co. to get it done, and at 25-1 they've got some good value. This team makes the playoffs almost every year and definitely has a sense of urgency.
New Jersey Devils 30-1
This team did just make the Stanley Cup, right? Sure, Marty Brodeur isn't getting any younger and they may lose Zach Parise to free agency, but with a couple more bounces in games 1 and 2 of this series, the Devils could be celebrating right now.
Others to consider: Coyotes 40-1, Bruins 15-1
Four I don't like:
LA Kings 10-1
The repeat-era of the NHL has seemingly ended and if you really want to take the Kings, wait till September till they sink to 15-1 or 20-1.
Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1
This team gave up the same amount of goals the Kings did this postseason. One team won the Cup and one got knocked out in the first round. Unless they completely overhaul the blueline, I see more postseason struggles in the 'burgh.
Detroit Red Wings 10-1
Nick Lidstrom will be sorely, sorely missed this season. We will finally see just how great he really was for the Wings. This team also doesn't seem to have the edge those older Red Wing teams did.
Tampa Bay 20-1
This is probably a sexy pick at 20-1 considering the Bolts made the conference finals last year and have the league's best scorer, but I don't see them bouncing back to take the Cup. Weak defense will be exposed against the Pittsburghs and Philly's of the East.
Also stay away from: Chicago 10-1, St. Louis, 10-1