Who Will Win The 2016 Stanley Cup?
Stanley Cup Predictions
Most teams stood their ground at the trade deadline, the odds slightly changed. As the final moments that teams can fine-tune their rosters passes us by, we’ll take a look at the teams with the best pre-deadline odds to win it all and how their moves, or lack thereof, may be exactly what the team needed.
Some teams need a jolt of energy from a new voice entering the room while others seem to explode once management or the coaching staff gives the vote of confidence, allowing players to let loose and put their minds to rest. The playoffs begin in April but the hunt for the Stanley Cup is already underway so lets take a look at the five teams that had the best odds to win it all before the deadline.
Before: +400 After: +450
The Washington Capitals are one of the few teams that really took the NHL by storm this season. From the jump, Washington was blasting teams with their new look offense. It boasted the addition of the gritty former St. Louis Blues winger and US Olympian TJ Oshie. Standing pat at the trade deadline may have adversely affected the perennially underachieving Capitals, who are still searching for the first Conference Finals appearance in Alex Ovechkin’s tenure with the team. Their recent loss to Chicago showed that Washington still has to work out a few kinks to get the job done.
Before: +900 After +1100
The Ducks are in a tough spot given that the three pacific division teams are amongst the top five records in the NHL. At least one of them will be eliminated in the divisional round. The Ducks had been sleep walking up until Christmas but now have the best record in the league since Christmas. Having added Brandon Pirri, who had 22 goals for Florida last year but has missed significant time with an ankle injury, the Ducks now have what it needs to make a deep run, if they get out of their divison that is. Anaheim is threatening LA for the top spot in the Pacific division, which will earn them a matchup against a wild card team and avoid a rivalry matchup in the first round. If Anaheim keeps pace they may be on route to their second Stanley Cup since 2007.
Los Angeles Kings
Before: +900 After: +1100
The Los Angeles Kings have the formula for a successul spring and hedged their bet in the offseason with the acquisition of Stanley-Cup winning power forward Milan Lucic. One of the true powerforwards in the league, Lucic will surely be a man on a mission along with the other players in the locker room that have previously seen the promise land. Los Angeles saw a dip in odds, most likely due to the moves made by other teams. But don’t allow speculation to obscure their outstanding track record, which has seen this club go punch for punch with Chicago during the past few postseasons.
Before: +900 After: +1000
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin can now be compared to Patrick Kane and Johnathan Toews. Add in the championship pedigree of two former Blackhawks, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya, and we have one of the most formidable offenses in the game. A group that didn’t need much tweaking at all due to a spectacular offseason, the Dallas Stars have had their eye on the prize since last June and are a force to be reckoned with.
Before: +500 After +500
The Chicago Blackhawks, winners of three cups in five years, made incredible moves at the deadline by bringing Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd back into the fold. Ladd won a cup in Chicago so one get the feeling it’s the kind of family reunion you’d want to be a part of. Chicago was the team to beat before the deadline and they remain public enemy number one as teams gear up for the cup run.