Early NHL online betting favorites for 2015

The Los Angeles Kings may have just won the Stanley Cup, but as far as betting online goes, that doesn’t mean they are a shoe in for repeating in 2015. If anything, their status as reigning champions all but precludes them from being championship favorites next year. Insiders like to chalk this up to the salary cap era, but that only came into effect in 2005, and the last National Hockey League team to win back-to-back titles were the 1996-97, 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. What’s more, only three teams have even made it to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals ever since; the aforementioned Red Wings, the New Jersey Devils, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If not the Kings, then who? The answer to the question would be the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then the current champions. The entire list below:

Team

Odds

Chicago Blackhawks

15/2

Boston Bruins

8/1

Pittsburgh Penguins

9/1

Los Angeles Kings

10/1

St. Louis Blues

10/1

Anaheim Ducks

14/1

San Jose Sharks

14/1

Colorado Avalanche

18/1

Minnesota Wild

18/1

New York Rangers

18/1

Detroit Red Wings

22/1

Montreal Canadiens

25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning

25/1

Vancouver Canucks

25/1

Philadelphia Flyers

28/1

Dallas Stars

33/1

Toronto Maple Leafs

33/1

Washington Capitals

33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets

40/1

New Jersey Devils

40/1

Carolina Hurricanes

50/1

Edmonton Oilers

50/1

Ottawa Senators

50/1

Phoenix Coyotes

50/1

Winnipeg Jets

50/1

Calgary Flames

66/1

Florida Panthers

66/1

Nashville Predators

66/1

New York Islanders

66/1

Buffalo Sabres

75/1

    

In case you decided to go against the online betting grain and put your money on the Los Angeles Kings becoming the first repeating champions in 16 years and they actually pulled it off, then you’d get a pretty nifty return. However, salary cap or not, the fact remains that it seems almost impossible that that will happen in the near or distant future. On the other hand, these are only predictions to help bettors place their wagers, but fans know where their loyalties lie, and we might still witness a miracle on ice for the 21st century.