2017 NHL playoffs odds

 

Everyone saw the Leafs taking the Capitals to overtime in the first two games of that series, right? Toronto is an exciting team, but I doubt there was an overwhelming about of hockey picks on them for the cup ahead of time. But that’s why they they play the game, folks. The  Stanley Cup playoffs are all about unpredictability. With that in mind, let’s look at two new teams to consider for Stanley Cup odds betting.

2017 NHL Playoffs Odds – New 2017 Stanley Cup Picks

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens lost the first game of their opening series versus the New York Rangers. At the time, it looked like New York would be too much for the Habs. But the Canadiens have made adjustments, gotten depth performances and rebounded with two straight wins over the blue shirts.

The rag on this squad all season has been the lack of star power at the center position. But the depth on the wings on all four lines is very good. Add in an all world goalie like Carey Price and you should start thinking of plunking down some coin on this team. The Rangers are not very good at home and could lose Tuesday’s game on Broadway as well. Check the 2017 NHL Playoffs Odds and see how the are perceived by the books.

Edmonton Oilers

For three games I kept saying wait until Joe Thornton returns for San Jose. The bearded big center missed both games of the series in Edmonton. But he returned for the third game in San Jose and it didn’t help. The Sharks failed to score and now trail the series 2-1 to the Oilers.

The knock on the Oilers heading into the playoffs was a lack of postseason experience and a suspect defensive corps. Two shutouts later and we don’t see any issues. Yes, the Sharks are bound to take up their play in the next game, but Edmonton Oilers odds for the Stanley Cup are growing better and better every day. You may want to consider them now while the hockey betting option is still pretty good.

Matthew Ross is a sports commentator and a radio host on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Follow him @MatthewWords.