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Betting oddsmakers bearish on Rangers’ Stanley Cup chances

Betting odds for the rangers are not good
Rangers center Frank Vatrano moves the puck past New Jersey Devils defenseman Ty Smith.
Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will likely punch a ticket to the playoffs this season, but betting odds-makers are bearish on the Blue Shirts’ chances of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Sitting at a 40-19-5 record, the team is currently third in the Metropolitan Division, 3 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and 5 points behind the first-place Carolina Hurricanes. The team from Madison Square Garden is also fending off the surging Washington Capitals, who trail the Rangers by 5 points, and currently hold the second Wild Card spot. 

The Blue Shirts have 18 games remaining on their schedule, and have hit a slight rough patch in recent games — dropping 4 out of their last 8 matchups, including a 7-goal route at the hands of the New Jersey Devils

Much of the Rangers’ issue has been a lack of depth, with top-tier skaters like Chris Kreider accounting for over a quarter of the team’s goals with 42 on the season, and the team’s top-5 point-getters accounting for nearly 60% of the team’s 514 total points on the year. 

Still, they’ve managed to ride their top-heavy roster to a likely position in the playoffs, which begin May 2. 

That hasn’t stopped the odds makers from popular sportsbooks from throwing a dose of cold water on fans’ hopes of their first Stanley Cup title since 1994. 

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FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook, a popular betting site in New York State (which officially legalized online sports gambling earlier this year), currently lists the Rangers as +2400 favorites to win the Cup — meaning gamblers would win $24 for every $1 they wager. 

Those odds tied with the St. Louis Blues for just the 11th best odds. The website lists the Colorado Avalanche as favorites to hoist the trophy, with +400 odds. 

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Caesars Sportsbook

Another popular site for online betters is Caesars Sportsbook, who gives the Rangers slightly better odds to be the last remaining team standing at +2000, which means gamblers would win $20 for every $1 wagered. 

Caesars has the Rangers as the 10th most likely franchise to win the Cup. 

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DraftKings Sportsbook

For those looking for a little more optimism, DraftKings Sportsbook lists the Rangers as +1800 odds, higher than both Fanduel and Caesars.

Bettors would win $18 for every $1 wager gambled. 

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