NHL Odds To Win 2022 Stanley Cup: Avs, Panthers Top Betting Board

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Joe Thornton and the Florida Panthers are the second favorites to win 2022 Stanley Cup, per NHL futures odds (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

With under a month to go in the NHL’s strenuous 82-game regular season, the 2022 Stanley Cup playoff picture is taking form. The Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche, the first two teams to have clinched playoff berths, top NHL futures odds around the betting market.

The top three teams in each of the four divisions and the next two highest place finishers in each conference make the postseason, and races are tight as the playoffs draw closer.

One of the most beautiful things about the Stanley Cup playoffs is its unpredictability. While the Avs and Panthers have separated themselves on the oddsboard, teams’ postseason success comes down to when they get hot and their ability to sustain that momentum.

Here, we take a look at five teams with the shortest odds to win the 2022 Stanley Cup, according to DraftKings.

NHL Futures Odds

Colorado Avalanche +350

The Avs were favorites to win the Cup last season as well, but for the past three postseasons, Colorado has not been able to get out of the second round. The hunger to hoist the Stanley Cup has only increased for this Avalanche squad. As league leaders with 106 points as of Thursday, it certainly seems doable. But, as NHL observers know, success in the regular season does not necessarily translate to success in the postseason.

Florida Panthers +550

It is do-or-die for this Florida Panthers team that seems to be breaking a new franchise record on a weekly basis. The Cats’ 4.12 goals per game make them the highest-scoring team in the NHL since the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins. Sure, they had high hopes in the 2021 playoffs and couldn’t get past Tampa Bay in round one, but they are seeking vengeance, and players around the league are taking notice, attracting huge veteran names like Joe Thornton and Claude Giroux.

Calgary Flames +900

To make a case for the Calgary Flames winning the Cup, all that’s needed to be said is “defense wins championships.” This Flames team has an air-tight defensive game and is led by Darryl Sutter, a coach who knows a thing or two about winning the Cup with a solid defense. Sutter won two Stanley Cups with the L.A. Kings, and he has brought that shut-down defensive mentality to Calgary.

Toronto Maple Leafs +900

Unlike Calgary, the Toronto Maple Leafs take the expression “defense wins championships” and turn it into “the best defense is a good offense.” The Leafs are an offense-first team with gifted players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and the list goes on. Defensively, Toronto has been sound, with the main issue coming when pressure is put on their in-zone defense. It also does not help that the organization as a whole does not have solid goaltending. Considering the fact that in the past 10 seasons, the Leafs have made the playoffs just five times and haven’t won a single playoff series leaves us with the same question we’ve always had concerning Toronto: Can the Leafs make a successful playoff run with a high-powered offense, mediocre defense, and no goaltending?

Carolina Hurricanes +1000

The Carolina Hurricanes are the top team in the Metropolitan Division. They have been outstanding in every aspect of their game. The Canes’ 2.35 goals against per game leads the NHL, due to a strong defensive corps and Frederik Anderson in net. Carolina has a goal differential of +64, fourth best in the league, trailing the Panthers, Avalanche, and Flames. One thing this team lacks is a veteran presence.

Tampa Bay Lighting +1000

The Tampa Bay Lightning are pushing for a three-peat, but can they actually get there? They have played more hockey in the past three years than any other team, and they figure to run out of gas and/or luck come playoff time. However, the Lightning know better than anyone what it takes to keep it rolling in the postseason. Tampa has one of the most talented rosters in the league and are a huge threat when everyone is healthy.

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Mariah Janos

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Mariah is a Boston sports fanatic currently living in South Florida. She has worked in many parts of the country as a sports reporter, including hosting sports betting shows, creating how-to videos for beginning bettors, and working the sidelines of various events.

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