The Boston Bruins are among the elite teams in the NHL. In 2020 they won the President’s trophy before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs. They’ve kept that momentum into 2021. The Bruins atop the East Division with 24 points.
Despite their success, Oddsmakers aren’t buying in. The Bruins sit fifth with +1500 odds, behind the Vegas Golden Knights +1000, Colorado Avalanche +700, and Tampa Bay Lightning +800, all of whom have fewer points than the Bruins.
It’s not just the oddsmakers who are down on the Bruins. Bettors also have the Bruins as the fifth favorite, as they’ve received only 3.03% of total bets. The surprising bettors favorite is the Bruins biggest rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. 32.03% of total bets to win the Stanley Cup over the past 30 days have been placed on the Canadiens. This despite the Canadians currently sitting fourth in their division.
The Bruins are among the most slept-on teams in the NHL. They have been phenomenal to start the year and have recent success to back them up. It’s surprising to see so few bettors believing in them.
It’ll be interesting to see if this trend begins to change as the NHL closes in on their midway point. As things stand, the Bruins stand out as a sleeper on the Stanley Cup market.
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