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NHL Canadian Teams Stanley Cup Odds Update
We’re a quarter into the NHL season and it’s been filled with surprises as we take a look at the Canadian teams. Edmonton is surprising everyone although odds are against them keeping it going. Toronto and Calgary are major disappointments. Montreal is solid, Vancouver and WInnipeg are still hard to trust, and the Senators could be trending. We break down the Canadian teams’ Stanley Cup odds and more.
- Toronto Maple Leafs – 13.00
- Edmonton Oilers – 18.00
- Winnipeg Jets – 19.00
- Montreal Canadiens – 26.00
- Calgary Flames – 31.00
- Vancouver Canucks – 31.00
- Ottawa Senators – 201.00
Edmonton is surprising everyone although odds are against them keeping it going. Toronto and Calgary are major disappointments. Montreal is solid, Vancouver and WInnipeg are still hard to trust, and the Senators could be trending.
NHL Canadian Team Tidbits:
- Edmonton leads the league in power play percent at 32.4%
- Calgary and Toronto have the fewest regulation wins with 6 each
- Montreal has the highest shots per game at 33.9 (6th overall)
- Vancouver has allowed the least shots per game at 30.4 (10th overall)
- Winnipeg has the best road record at 8-3-0 (2nd overall)
We break down the Canadian teams’ Stanley Cup odds and more.
The Contenders: Canada’s Stanley Cup Hopefuls
Toronto Maple Leafs (13.00)
Trouble in Paradise? The Toronto Maple Leafs odds aren’t looking great and in a shocking twist, Mike Babcock became this season’s first coaching casualty. The once prolific Leafs just aren’t scoring enough and the defense is still bad. But like the Blues last season, a coaching change may be just what the doctor ordered.
New coach Sheldon Keefe will bring a new culture to the Leafs locker room, which has tuned out Babcock. This team is still too talented to get by with pedestrian offense. Keefe may not be able to return the Leafs to their offensive juggernaut ways, but he’s a proven winner and will have the Leafs play meaningful games all the way to the postseason.
Edmonton Oilers (18.00)
The odds of the Edmonton Oilers making the playoffs are pretty darn good. Not only do they have the best record among the Canadian teams, they have the best power play in the league and are third in penalty killing. Edmonton is also getting historic performances from both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.
The Oilers have four players shooting 19% or better and they are getting some savvy goaltending from both Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith. It’s likely that this team will eventually cool off, but they are building such a big lead that they will return to the postseason with a vengeance.
Winnipeg Jets (19.00)
No team suffered more in the offseason than the Jets. The Winnipeg Jets betting odds took a massive hit as they lost four of their top five defensemen plus more depth pieces on offense. After a slow start to the season, the Jets are finally clicking again and could be on their way back to the postseason.
Connor Hellebuyck has been better between the pipes and the Jets’ new defense is starting to mesh together. Nikolaj Ehlers is having a mini-breakout and if captain Blake Wheeler can get back to his usual point-per-game pace, this team will be a sneaky Stanley Cup contender. Book it.
The Longshots: So You’re Saying There’s A Chance?
Montreal Canadiens (26.00)
The Habs are back! Well, not so fast. The Montreal Canadiens odds to make the playoffs are trending up so long as goaltender Carey Price stays healthy and the offense keeps clicking. But they were in a similar spot last season and they missed the playoffs, although just by a hair.
Montreal will remain a frisky team with a nice collection of forwards, a decent enough defense and a world-class goaltender. But they still lack that superstar skater to take them to the next level.
Calgary Flames (31.00)
Even with their impressive regular season run last season, it was hard to see most fans thinking of the Calgary Flames to win the Stanley Cup. And now they’ve regressed in a major way despite keeping their best players intact. But Flames fans shouldn’t be shocked. This is the Flames’ MO.
Calgary has not made consecutive playoff appearances in a decade and their once-mighty offense is sputtering. They will need to figure things out quickly as the slide down the rankings is steep in the ultra-competitive Western Conference
Vancouver Canucks (31.00)
Opposite to the Flames, the Canucks are trending up despite suffering a few setbacks lately. Now would be a good time to check on the betting odds for the Canucks as the kids are alright. Elias Petersson and Brock Boeser are superstars in the making. They will just need a bit more help from their goaltenders.
Nobody thought Vancouver would already be this good. They could still be a year away, or they could be like the Leafs from the 2016-17 season and sneak into the playoffs and give an elite team a run for its money. Either way, these guys are fun and promising and worth an underdog bet or two.
Ottawa Senators (201.00)
Actually, there is no chance for Ottawa. Sorry.
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