NHL Stanley Cup 2019 odds: Five value bets for next season

Jun 8, 2018 |
NHL Stanley Cup 2019 odds: Five value bets for next season
New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall was a one-man goal machine last season. The Devils have a hole at No. 1 center and the cap space to sign free-agent-to-be John Tavares.
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New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall was a one-man goal machine last season. The Devils have a hole at No. 1 center and the cap space to sign free-agent-to-be John Tavares.
Photo By - USA Today Sports

The Zambonis have been parked for the summer and the beer is flowing into Lord Stanley’s Cup for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Another NHL season is behind us but hockey handicappers are already asking themselves who’ll be raising the Cup this time next season.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas are thinking ahead too. The book posted 2019 NHL Stanley Cup odds last month and ha\ve been updating every week. Seven teams (Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs) are priced between +800 and +1000.

Covers is hopping over the chalk options to find the best value bets win the Stanley Cup in 2019. Here are the five NHL teams we think could make a deep run in next year’s playoffs.

New Jersey Devils

Odds to win the 2019 Stanley Cup: +4000

Last year finish: 97 points; ousted in first round of the playoffs.

Why we like them: The Devils have one of the best offensive wingers in the game in Taylor Hall and an All-Star caliber goalie, Cory Schneider, due for a bounce back season. New Jersey is projected to have more than $20 million in cap space this summer and free-agent center John Tavares would make a lot of sense in Newark playing on the No. 1 line with Hall.

The Devils made the playoffs last year despite few goal-scorers outside of Hall and they put up a decent fight against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. This team could be significantly improved when training camp opens in September.

Montreal Canadiens

Odds to win the 2019 Stanley Cup: +6000

Last year finish: 71 points; missed playoffs

Why we like them: The Habs were decimated by injuries to their top two players in defenseman Shea Weber and starting goalie Carey Price. A healthy Weber would be a big boost to the Canadians’ penalty-killing unit which finished second last in the league.

Price is the gamechanger here for Montreal backers. He was consistently one of the NHL’s best net minders for a four-year stretch before the nightmare 2017-18 campaign. He’s still in his prime (turns 31 in August) and only three years removed by his Hart Trophy-winning season in 2015.

The Habs should be back in the miss for the playoffs if Price returns to form next season.

St. Louis Blues

Odds to win the 2019 Stanley Cup: +4000

Last year finish: 94 points; missed the playoffs

Why we like them: The Blues traded away a star defenseman and a top center in each of the last two trade deadlines, but there’s still plenty of talent on the roster, and a solid crop of prospects that could chip in next season. St. Louis boasts a rising star in center Brayden Schenn and an uber talented winger in Vladimir Tarasenko.

There are few teams with a better group of defensemen and the Blues may have stumbled onto an elite goalie in career backup Carter Hutton.

Anaheim Ducks

Odds to win the 2019 Stanley Cup: +2500

Last year finish: 101 points; swept by the Sharks in the first round of the playoffs

Why we like them: The Ducks need to do some improving – no question. San Jose exposed Anaheim’s lack of speed, but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Ducks’ chances next season.

Anaheim reached triple digits in points despite long from key contributors like Ryan Getzlaf, Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler. The Ducks will be in much better shape this time next year if they have better luck injury-wise.

New York Rangers

Odds to win the 2019 Stanley Cup: +8000

Last year finish: 77 points; missed the playoffs

Why we like them: The Rangers were sellers last season at the trade deadline but they could easily flip the script this offseason. They will enter free agency with close to $30 million in cap space and general manager Jeff Gorton proved his willingness to spend last summer when he signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a big deal.


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