Montreal Canadiens Odds to win the Stanley Cup with Carey Price
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
Price was the Canadiens' undisputed No. 1 goalie last season after the team shipped Jaroslav Halak off to the Blues, and he responded to the promotion by posting a 38-28-6 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and eight shutouts.
The skaters, though, didn't pull their weight in Montreal last season as Tomas Plekanec was the only one to top the 50-point mark (22 goals, 57 points).
To add some punch to the lineup, then, the Habs signed Erik Cole as a free agent over the summer; Cole had 26 goals and 52 points for the Hurricanes in 2010/11 and bolsters a forward corps that also includes Andrei Kostitsyn, Max Pacioretty, and team captain Brian Gionta.
On the blueline, the team is hoping for a full, healthy season from Andrei Markov, who was limited to just seven games last year. Markov had 34 points in 45 games in the previous season, and 64 points in his last full campaign back in 2008/09.
P.K. Subban led the Canadiens' defensemen with 38 points in his 77 games last season, and should pair with Markov on a potent power play in 2011/12.
Losing in the first round to the eventual-champion Bruins in the playoffs last season, the Habs are set at 14/1 on the NHL odds board at the Bodog Sportsbook to win the Eastern Conference this time around. As well, they're at 25/1 on the Stanley Cup odds.
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