5 seed in the Western Conference.
Pittsburgh Penguins (Open: +1,200, Now: +800)
“The Chicago Blackhawks are always a liability, Avello tells Covers. Almost all of the money is in the 8/1 to 10/1 range where they were listed for most of the season. It wasnt until mid-March or so that the odds came down a bit.
Most of the money was bet at 12/1 and then we took a $7,000 bet at 7/1 (which would pay $49,000), Simbal tells Covers.
The Kings opened with an appealing price to win the Stanley Cup and that drew in many hockey bettors looking for a live underdog. 1 seeds doing battle in the Cup final either. Bookmakers may be breathing a little easier with Chicago stumbling down the stretch and dropping to the No. That unpredictability makes the NHL futures market a breeding ground for live long shots.
Johnny Avello, executive director of race and sports for Wynn Las Vegas, says his book always sees money on the Blackhawks and all Chicago pro sports teams for that matter. Los Angeles is always a contender with solid goaltending and one of the best bluelines in the league.
Pittsburgh also boasted a big price with Nevada sportsbook operator CG Technology, which operates books at The M, Cosmopolitan, and Venetian. Los Angeles was a popular team with our bettors all season, Greg Sindall of SportsInteraction says. The Pens were slow out of the blocks, with captain Sidney Crosby struggling to find his All-Star form, and were as high as 30/1 around Christmas.
Another California club that is giving books the chills this postseason are the Sharks, who were monstrous long shots to open the schedule at some sportsbooks. Offshore market BetNow.eu opened Chicago at 5/1 and hockey fans didnt waste time making their opinion heard.
However, Pittsburgh caught fire in the final month of the schedule, winning 18 of its final 23 games and earning the third spot in the East. The Penguins open against the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs still waiting on the status of top goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
The defending Stanley Cup champs were bet early and often since sportsbooks tossed up their 2015-16 NHL futures. They are too good of a team to not have turned it around and those odds were too hard to pass up for many bettors.
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San Jose Sharks (Open: +6,000, Now: +1,800)
Most of the liability on them is at 20/1 and 25/1, including a $4,000 bet at 25/1 from January (that would net a $100,000 payout), Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management for CG Technology, tells Covers.
Chicago Blackhawks (Open: +600, Now +700)
Among sports championships, the NHLs Stanley Cup is not only the most kick-ass trophy in the bunch (you can drink champagne out of it. Here are five teams the bookies are cheering against in the NHL playoffs:
Los Angeles Kings (Open: +1,000, Now: +600)
We took significant action from some value players on the Penguins about a month ago when they were better than +2,200, says John Lester, lines manager for Bookmaker.eu.
The Sharks have seen the most money at the futures window since the playoff teams were set, says Lester. And if they perform throughout the season, of course, they’re going to be bet throughout the season.”
Anaheim was a popular pick in the offseason last summer but people really piled on in the winter when they were priced in the 20/1 to 30/1 range, says Sindall of SportsInteraction. 2 seed in the Western Conference, was well respected by oddsmakers out of the gate, but did watch its odds climb as high as 30/1 just after the New Year.. Louis Blues (10/1 to win Cup).
The Penguins star-studded roster is always a draw at the NHL futures book, especially after Pittsburgh added Phil Kessel to the mix last summer. They had the Penguins anywhere from 6/1 to 25/1 over the course of the NHL season.
In Las Vegas, the Southern California teams always draw money from the wave of tourists making their way to Sin City from L.A. The Kings are no exception, and were priced between 5/1 and 15/1 at CG Technology sportsbooks.
Anaheim Ducks (Open: +800, Now, +1,000)
We talk to sportsbooks in Las Vegas and online about which NHL clubs would dish out the biggest body check to the futures book should they hoist Lord Stanley this season. 6 seed in the West, meaning a first-round matchup with the St. Try that with the World Series trophy/diorama) but it is considered by most to be the toughest title to earn.
The NHL playoffs are a grueling test of skill and will for 16 select hockey teams, and its not always the No. We opened them at +2,400 and now they’re hovering around +1,900.
Online books are also pushing for an early exit from the defending champs. Anaheim, the No. Online market Bookmaker.eu wasnt as generous with their opening odds on San Jose and have seen most of their action on the Sharks come in the past week, with many NHL fans liking the value with the No. Hes among a group of operators rooting against the Blackhawks this postseason.
At the start of the season, plenty considered that this could be the year that the Stanley Cup hangover would finally go away, they were at +500 at that time, an oddsmaker for BetNow.eu says regarding their liability on the Blackhawks.
Books arent big fans of hockey in the Golden State this postseason, with the Ducks also holding futures liability in some markets. They’re bet early in the season, and they were the winner last year so when you put up your futures book for the following year they’re bet then