As the NHL regular season reaches the 60-game mark, the race for top spot is heating up, both in the NHL standings and Stanley Cup futures betting odds at the online sportsbooks.
The Chicago Blackhawks continue to lead the way as 6/1 favorites in Stanley Cup betting favorites at sportsbooks available through www.bettingsports.com. The Hawks’ odds have held steady since opening the regular season at 13/2, despite their struggles at times to keep pace in the competitive Central Division.
The Nashville Predators currently sit atop the Central, entering the final week of February with a 12-point lead over Chicago in the divisional standings. The Preds have seen their Stanley Cup betting stock rise since acquiring defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli in a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
NHL ice hockey is noted for being a somewhat physically brutal spectacle at times, but trying to pick a side to win it this season may be almost as mentally brutal for sports betting fans. After all, at this point in the 2013/14 season, at least four or five teams are almost impossible to choose between, as the Penguins, Blackhawks, Bruins and Ducks are all displaying Stanley Cup-winning form in their various divisions. The bookmakers can find little to divide these sides in terms of quality either, so exactly who should you lay your wagers on?
If you were going purely on divisional performances, then perhaps the Penguins should be your pick as their sixteen point advantage in the Metropolitan one shows just how much they are outclassing the other sides. None of the three other teams have a lead of this magnitude, but the Blackhawks are arguably the strongest overall side, having won Conference and Cup last year, and kept most of the players who did so. Continue reading →