Article looks at the Anaheim Ducks with a focus on their betting lines in the futures markets for NHL hockey betting.
By: Shane Lambert
The Anaheim Ducks entered the 2015/16 season as one of the top picks to win the Stanley Cup. However, October, November, and December saw the Ducks face major offensive challenges and their place in the standings suffered for it. But lately, Anaheim have been trending in the right direction, they appear to have solved their offensive problems, and that means that they could be back to the team they were last year – one that made the conference finals.
The Ducks have scored four goals or more in six games in the month of January. Furthermore, in their last ten games they have gone 7-3, a run of form that has seen them ascend to fourth place in the Pacific Division. While that placement would leave them on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs, they have been gaining lately on both Arizona and Los Angeles – two teams ahead of the Ducks in the standings. Furthermore, there is an off chance that Anaheim could get into the playoffs as a Wild Card although they would likely go to the stronger Central Division teams this season.
For Stanley Cup betting odds, Anaheim are still way out there. About 14th favorites, the Ducks can be found at 25 to 1 with both William Hill and BetVictor. However, a better line looks available with SkyBet for the Western Conference where Anaheim are currently 14 to 1. In regard to the Pacific Division title, it appears to be out of reach, but for those that still believe in the Ducks – or disbelieve in Los Angeles/Arizona/San Jose – SkyBet are offering 18 to 1 on the Ducks making a comeback for the divisional title, 12 points back with well more than 30 games to go.
In my view, backing the Ducks in individual games appears to be smarter than taking them to overtake the division and going on to win it. Mathematically, I think 14 to 1 just to make the Stanley Cup finals is much better than 25 to 1 to win them. Therefore, my recommendation on Anaheim is to back them to win the Western Conference with SkyBet.
1-pt bet on Anaheim to win the Western Conference with SkyBet