The NHL was renowned for its parity not long ago. However these days, a select few dominate the playoffs. We’re not complaining because the consistency has revitalized some great rivalries, but it would be nice to see fresh faces hoist the cup. The NHL betting community thinks that the St. Louis Blues have the greatest chance of making that happen.
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The Blues have been a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference for some time. Just last season the squad was 52-23-4-3, qualifying for a third straight postseason appearance. The 2013-2014 campaign was their sixth with more wins than losses, so not surprisingly the bar heading into it was set rather high.
Battling against lofty expectations, the Blues were 34-48 against the spread, and now they are 12/1 to win the next Stanley Cup. Maybe they’re not the freshest faces in the league, but they’ve never won a title.
Last season marked Blues captain Alexander Steen’s 62-point coming out party (in 68 games), and the talented roster also includes TJ Oshie (60 points) and gruesome twosome David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo.
There’s nothing particularly new about the Blues, but their ability to end the 21st century’s landlocked NHL landscape makes them exciting. They’re one of the most compelling NHL betting options available.
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