It has been 10 years because the NHL’s finest regular-season crew additionally lifted the Stanley Cup.
If any crew can break the curse of the Presidents’ Trophy, it’s the Boston Bruins.
Following a record-setting season, the Bruins are consensus favorites at Las Vegas sportsbooks getting into the NHL playoffs.
The Westgate SuperBook lists Boston as 3-1 to seize the Stanley Cup, whereas Circa Sports activities has the Bruins at +305.
“Boston, they seem like clearly the perfect crew, nevertheless it’s hockey,” SuperBook vp of danger Ed Salmons mentioned. “I don’t know why it’s, however groups have a behavior of not successful the Cup once they win (the Presidents’ Trophy). They’re nonetheless priced as a favourite, and they are going to be till clearly they exit. However they’re clearly the perfect crew in hockey so far as an influence score.”
The Bruins set the NHL season file for wins with 65, and their 135 factors topped the earlier mark of 132 set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976-77.
Boston led the league in fewest targets allowed and was second in offense due to 61-goal scorer David Pastrnak.
However humorous issues occur within the playoffs. In 2019, Tampa Bay tied the NHL file for wins in a season, however was swept as a -425 sequence favourite within the first spherical by Columbus.
The final crew to win the Presidents’ Trophy for many factors within the common season and the Stanley Cup is the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks. Solely the 2014-15 New York Rangers superior previous the second spherical in the course of the time.
Because the Presidents’ Trophy was awarded beginning in 1986, eight of the earlier 36 winners went on to win the championship.
The Bruins are -350 favorites on the SuperBook to win their first-round sequence over Florida.
“That crew is so deep. It’s actually exhausting to discover a flaw,” Circa sportsbook supervisor Jeff Davis mentioned. “The East is sort of attention-grabbing as a result of you might have Boston, and there’s a fairly large hole to New Jersey, Carolina, Toronto, and there’s not a lot separating these three groups pricewise. Then there’s one other small hole to the Rangers.”
The Golden Knights are 10-1 on the SuperBook to win the Stanley Cup, the identical odds because the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Circa lists Carolina at +950 and the Knights at 11-1, forward of the Maple Leafs (+1150).
Defending champion Colorado is 7-1 to repeat, the identical odds as Edmonton. The Oilers had the league’s finest file since March 1 at 18-2-1 (37 factors) and have heart Connor McDavid, the runaway favourite for the Hart Trophy as MVP.
Different groups to look at, in accordance with Davis and Salmons, are the Devils (14-1 at Circa), the Rangers (+1450) and the Dallas Stars (+1950), one of many few groups with no query mark in objective.
“I’ve been larger on Edmonton than anyone I’ve talked to for a very long time,” Davis mentioned. “I’d be very afraid of Edmonton if I have been a fan of any crew enjoying Edmonton. I’d not need to play that crew within the playoffs in the event that they get any goaltending in any respect.”
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