2011 Stanley Cup Round 1 Betting Picks

So the Stanley Cup schedule is out The NHL could not have asked for more when it comes to first round match-ups. The best match up by far is the Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Vancouver Canucks.

Eastern Conference Matchups

1.Washington Capitals vs. 8. New York Rangers
2. Philadelphia Flyers vs. 7. Buffalo Sabres
3. Boston Bruins vs. 6. Montreal Canadiens
4. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference Matchups

1. Vancouver Canucks vs. 8. Chicago Blackhawks
2. San Jose Sharks vs. 7. Los Angeles Kings
3. Detroit Red Wings vs. 6. Phoenix Coyotes
4. Anaheim Ducks vs. 5. Nashville Predators

Before the puck drops let’s take a look at some matchups of interest to the betting community.

Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks

The Canucks have lost 2 years in a row to their nemesis the Blackhawks. Both teams have a large fan base so games in each barn will be nerve racking for the visiting team if they cannot silence the crowd. Vancouver made some key upgrades which helped win their first President’s trophy in franchise history. One key element was Manny Malhotra who is out for the playoffs with an eye injury. This will hurt the team but their biggest upgrade came at the blueline. There is not a team deeper than the canucks in this area. Like all sports defense wins championships. If the odds are good for bettors I’ll be taking Vancouver the first game at home.

“We have two good goalies that are both playing extremely well,” Daniel told NHL.com earlier in the season, referring to Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. “I think we’ve become a better defensive team, too. We don’t give up as many chances, and we still have that offensive mindset when we get the puck. We have a lot of good offensive players both on the back end and up front. I think that’s what makes us good. We can play well in all areas of the game.”

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2011 Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Competitor Odds
Odds to win the 2011 Eastern Conference
All wagers have action. Team who makes the Stanley Cup Finals is the winner.
Boston Bruins +450
Buffalo Sabres +1400
Montreal Canadiens +1500
New York Rangers +1600
Philadelphia Flyers +400
Pittsburgh Penguins +450
Tampa Bay Lightning +900
Washington Capitals +225
Odds to win the 2011 Stanley Cup
All wagers have action.
Anaheim Ducks +2000
Boston Bruins +850
Buffalo Sabres +2500
Chicago Blackhawks +2200
Detroit Red Wings +900
Los Angeles Kings +3000
Montreal Canadiens +3000
Nashville Predators +3000
New York Rangers +3500
Philadelphia Flyers +800
Phoenix Coyotes +3000
Pittsburgh Penguins +1100
San Jose Sharks +700
Tampa Bay Lightning +2000
Vancouver Canucks +300
Washington Capitals +550
Odds to win the 2011 Western Conference
All wagers have action. Team who makes the Stanley Cup Finals is the winner.
Anaheim Ducks +900
Chicago Blackhawks +1200
Detroit Red Wings +450
Los Angeles Kings +1600
Nashville Predators +1500
Phoenix Coyotes +1500
San Jose Sharks +350
Vancouver Canucks +140

One Response to “2011 Stanley Cup Round 1 Betting Picks”

  1. Terry says:

    I guess the proof will be in the pudding…dont forget the mighty Canucks failed to beat the worst team in the league (the Oilers) in back to back games just a few games ago.

    Makes me wonder if the complacent Canucks have the heart and grit it will take to with it all. Chicago had to fight to get into the playoffs so they are already playing with grit – lets see if the Nucks can rise to the occasion.

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