With the NHL season just about a quarter of the way through for most teams, now is as good a time as any to re-evaluate the preseason Stanley Cup odds. People all around UK will be able to watch it via Premier Sports, who have a deal for NHL coverage which is eligible until 2021. While they will cover 15 games per week, NHL lovers will have a chance to see their favorite teams in action. Since betting doesn’t end when the season begins, it’s important to keep a close eye on how different UK betting websites such as BettingTop10 see the season unfolding.
Not much has changed among the top five from the start of the season. The lone exception is that the Boston Bruins have crept into the top five, displacing last year’s Western Conference champion, Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights surprised many in their inaugural season last year and came just a few games shy of hoisting the Stanley Cup. However, the 2019 season has not been so kind as they have stumbled to 8-11-1 record to start the year. They now have the 12th best odds at 25-1 to return and finish the job this here.
Here is the rest of the preseason top five:
Toronto Maple Leafs 13/2
Tampa Bay Lightning 15/2
Winnipeg Jets 19/2
Nashville Predators 11/1
Vegas Golden Knights 11/1
Current Odds (Record as of 11/18):
Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1 (14-6-0)
Nashville Predators 7-1 (14-5-1)
Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1 (14-5-1)
Winnipeg Jets 10-1 (11-5-2)
Boston Bruins 10-1 (11-6-3)
Coming into the year, the Maple Leafs had perhaps the highest ceiling than any other team in the league with the arrival of superstar, John Tavares. Through 20 games, the Leafs are certainly living up to the hype. Even with Auston Matthewshaving been out of the lineup since October 27th. Tavares has been a huge reason for their continued success in Matthews absence as he has tallied five goals and five assists in that time.
The Lightning and Predators, both conference finals participants in each of the last two season, are off to strong starts which have upped their odds slightly from the start of the year. Pekka Rinne has been, well, Pekka Rinne. The 36-year-old is 7-2-1 on the year with a .943 save percentage and a 1.67 GAA. Backup Jussi Saros has been solid between the pipes as well with a 7-3 record.
The Lightning, on the other hand, will have to endure an injury to their starting netminder, Andrei Vasilevsky. Vasilevsky is slated to miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured foot which could ultimately see the Lightning fall. However, since it is not a season-ending injury, the Lightning should be the team they are expected to be by season’s end.
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The Jets are coming off a Western Conference Finals appearance a year ago and currently sit third in the Central Division with an 11-5-2 record. Blake Wheeler is second in the league with 21 assists and leads the Jets with 24 points overall. Mark Sheifele is right on his heels with 10 goals and 10 assists.
The team that eliminated the Jets, the Golden Knights, are suffering through a bit of a Sophomore slump and have fallen out of favor among the bettors. In their place, the Boston Bruins, who were one of the teams that many chose to take the next step, along with the Jets. The Bruins top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand is perhaps the best in the league. Pastrnak two hat tricks, so far, has helped him hold the league lead in goals.
By the midway point of the season, it wouldn’t shock anyone to see the same five teams within the mix. Perhaps the Golden Knights can reclaim their top five ranking by the time the season ends, making plenty of bettors who kept the faith very happy.
Right on the cusp:
San Jose Sharks 12/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 16/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 20/1
Minnesota Wild 20/1
Washington Capitals 20/1