NHL Betting & Odds


For the third time in six years, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in the 2014/15 season; as such, the Blackhawks are the early favourites for glory again when the new season gets underway on the 7th October.

Undoubtedly, the Chicago team have been the dominant side of recent years. But Joel Quenneville’s squad hasn’t managed to win the NHL’s grand prize in back-to-back years; if you’re expecting another team to loom larger this season, the New York Rangers are being hotly tipped in many quarters to break a winning drought that goes back to 1994.

Coach Alain Vigneault has come close twice before; in 2011 he guided the Vancouver Canucks to the final, only to be turned over by the Boston Bruins over seven matches. And in 2014 his Rangers were (comfortably) beaten by the Los Angeles Kings.

Still, Vigneault has assembled a team that was good enough to finish last season at the top of the NHL standings, and there’s a sense that it’s just a matter of time before the Canadian lands his first Stanley Cup.

Beyond the Rangers, punters with a sense of history might be tempted to back the Montreal Canadiens. True, it’s been a while since they last won – that victory came back in 1993 – but the Canadiens have amassed the most ever Stanley Cup trophies, winning on a remarkable 24 occasions.

Pre-season, they’re rated as 12/1 shots for Cup glory in the forthcoming campaign. They’ve scored 100 or more points in each of the last three seasons, finishing second to the Rangers by just three points last time out. It’s been a long wait, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that No.25 is there for the taking this time out…