NHL Betting: Who are the Dark Horses to win Stanley Cup 2014? Print
Written by John Ryan   
Monday, 31 March 2014 14:50

Who is a sleeper to win the '14 Cup?

2014 Stanley Cup odds predictions sleepers

LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – The regular season is coming to an end in the NHL and with that, who are the dark horses to win the 2014 Stanley Cup? Let’s take a look.

View John Ryan’s Expert Picks

In the new NHL playoff format there will by eight teams from each conference. This eight-team format is broken down with the top three teams in each division and then two Wild Card teams with the next most total points. This playoff format will create some very interesting and intriguing matchups that lends itself to a few dark horses being viable contenders for the Stanley Cup.  

Boston has been scorching hot and are 9-0-1 over their last 10 games. The Bruins are also the only team in the East to clinch a playoff berth. If the season were over, Boston would be matched up against the Detroit Red Wings and that truly is not an easy first round matchup. In fact, the Red Wings have a 2-1 edge in games played this season against the Bruins.

The Red Wings are lined at 16/1 to win the Eastern Conference and 33/1 to win the Stanley Cup. Once they get by the Bruins, which obviously is a tall task, they would have clearer seas to navigate to the Eastern Conference Championship. So, Detroit is certainly a valid dark horse wager.  

On Sunday, the surging Flyers host the Boston Bruins and this match will go a long way in determining if Philadelphia is a true contender. The Flyers have gone 6-3-1 over their last 10 matches and sit solidly in third place in the Metropolitan Division and are 3 points ahead of Columbus, who would hold one of the wild card berths. The Flyers trail second place New York by just one point and would meet them in a first round playoff matchup.  

Philadelphia has improved steadily over the course of the season and are peaking at the right time. They are lined at 8/1 to win the Eastern Conference and 16/1 to win the Stanley Cup. So, for two dark horse futures plays, I like playing the Red Wings and the Flyers. 

For More of The Best Expert Picks and Analysis Check Out All The Handicappers at TheSpread Insiders!

 

Top Public Bets

#1 852 Marquette 84%
#2 854 Arkansas 83%
#3 256 Auburn 81%
#4 319 San Diego Chargers 77%
#5 240 Oklahoma 76%
#6 834 Elon 76%
#7 811 Phoenix Suns 75%
#8 250 TCU 75%
#9 807 Toronto Raptors 74%
#10 844 Cornell 74%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com