New York Ranger fans painfully watched their puck-partners come up short in the ultimate goal as a National Hockey League power losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last May but yet again, this 2016 Rangers club, is the Bovada Online Sportsbook favorite to win the Eastern Conference. WagerTalk and its staff take a quick look at the Odds to Win the 2016 NHL Eastern Conference and preview whether the New York Rangers are the team to beat this upcoming season.
There are plenty of question marks surrounding this year’s Rangers squad.
How long will it be before Mats Zuccarello is 100 percent?
Is Cam Talbot a starting goalie in the NHL? Would the Rangers be better positioned if they traded Henrik Lundqvist’s $8.5 million salary and made Talbot and his $1.45 million dollar salary their primary goaltender?
These are just a couple of the question marks for what is expected to be a good New York Rangers unit entering the 2015-16 campaign. However, Talbot is entering the final year of his deal and while the Rangers would free up more money towards the 71 million dollar cap it would be a temporary fix as Talbot is sure to demand, and deserve, more money after 2016. Lundqvist will be 34 years old next year, while Tallbot will still only be 28.
The Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers are the popular choices to win their respective conferences and challenge for Lord Stanley’s cup, at least according to most offshore and online sportsbooks.
Online bookmaker Bovada released its odds and they’re putting the chances of the Blackhawks winning their fourth Stanley Cup in seven years at 6.5/1 while the Rangers are currently at 10/1.
The Rangers are the short favorites in the East with Tampa Bay at 4.5/1, Pittsburgh 7/1, Washington 7.5/1 and Montreal at 8/1 close behind.
Odds to Win the 2016 NHL Eastern Conference
Odds provided by Bovada Online Sportsbook
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs