Stanley Cup Odds: Avalanche Take Action in NHL Futures

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Stanley Cup odds are available at sportsbooks, including DraftKings and FanDuel, where the Colorado Avalanche are priced as the betting favorites heading into the 2022-23 NHL season.

The Avs have been bet down from +400 to +380 at DraftKings. Colorado is at even shorter odds to repeat at FanDuel at +270 as of Tuesday, August 23.

Odds to Win 2022-23 Stanley Cup

TeamDraftKingsFanDuel
Avalanche+380+270
Maple Leafs+850+700
Panthers +850+1000
Hurricanes+1100+1000
Lightning+1200+1000
Oilers+1600+1300
Flames+1800+2000
Penguins +1800+1500
Wild +1900+2000
Golden Knights+2000+2000
Rangers+2000+2000

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Avs Look to Repeat as Stanley Cup Champs

Colorado’s latest Cup run was keyed by a deep stable of supporting players, including center Nazem Kadri and left wing Andre Burakovsky. But Burakovsky signed a five-year deal with Seattle, and Kadri has departed for Calgary.

Colorado did secure the services of their second-line mate Valeri Nichushkin. The Avs locked up Nichushkin with an eight-year deal. Nichuskin totaled 34 goals and 33 assists in 82 games including the playoffs last season.

Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon helped the Avs win the 2022 Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Nathan MacKinnon and the Avs are favored to repeat as NHL champs, per early Stanley Cup odds (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Goaltending could be an issue for the Avs next season. Starting goalie Darcy Kuemper is now with the Washington Capitals. The Avs did acquire netminder Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers, and backup Pavel Francouz is still on the roster.

Now, the franchise is tasked with keeping its nucleus of star players together. The Avalanche have true superstars in defenseman Cale Makar and forward Nathan MacKinnon. Makar won this year’s Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP after amassing 29 points in 20 games during the postseason.

MacKinnon will reportedly get the league’s highest annual salary with his next deal, which won’t take effect until the 2023-24 season. Edmonton’s Connor McDavid owns that distinction now at $12.5 million.

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Florida Panthers

Florida joined Toronto as the second betting choice (+850 at DraftKings) after a blockbuster trade with Calgary. The Panthers parted ways with fan favorite Jonathan Huberdeau but landed a potential franchise player in Matthew Tkachuk. He tallied 42 goals and 104 points for the Flames last season.

The Panthers won the Presidents’ Trophy last year as the team with the best winning record during the regular season. The Panthers didn’t exactly go out with a blaze of glory in the postseason, however, as they were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

The addition of Tkachuk marked one of the league’s biggest offseason moves. It should help Florida make a deeper run in the playoffs next year.

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto center Auston Matthews captured a second-straight Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goalscorer this season. Matthews tallied 60 goals in 73 games. Long-suffering Leafs’ fans hope that Matthews & Co. can bring home their first Stanley Cup since 1967 next season.

The Maple Leafs bolstered their goal-tending corps with a trade for Ottawa’s Matt Murray. Murray, 28, has a career record of 132-78-22 and a 2.77 goals-against average after stints with Ottawa and Pittsburgh. The seven-year NHL vet also boasts a .911 save percentage and 14 shutouts.

Murray played for the Penguins during the team’s back-to back Stanley Cup championship seasons in 2016 and 2017.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina’s odds to win the Stanley Cup lengthened from +1000 to +1100 at DraftKings.

Carolina landed Max Pacioretty from Las Vegas, but the 33-year-old tore an Achilles tendon shortly after his arrival. He’ll be out for at least six months.

Pacioretty played in only 39 games last year due to injury, but he averaged nearly a point per game with 19 goals and 18 assists.

The Hurricanes also signed forward Martin Necas to a two-year deal. Necas, 23, provides some depth for Carolina. He had 14 goals and 26 assists for the Canes during last year’s regular season. He also contributed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with five assists.

The Canes also acquired ageless defenseman Brent Burns from San Jose. Burns, at 37, averaged more than 26 minutes of ice time per game last year. Burns joins Jacob Slavin to form one of the NHL’s best defensemen duos.

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Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts lost a solid contributor in forward Ondrej Palat, who joined the New Jersey Devils in the offseason. Palat scored 143 goals in 10 seasons with the Lightning, At 31, he was among a core group of players for Tampa Bay that were nearing the end of their physical prime.

The Lightning re-signed center Anthony Cirelli along with defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak during the offseason.

Tampa Bay also entered this summer’s NHL Draft with a first-round pick for the first time since 2019. The Lightning took Isaac Howard with the No. 31 overall pick. Here is the complete list of Tampa Bay’s draft picks.

The Bolts have had success in using the NHL Draft as a catalyst for long-term success. Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy were all acquired in the draft. They all remain on Tampa Bay’s roster as of this writing.

The Bolts won back-to-back Stanley Cups before losing to Colorado in the NHL Final earlier this year. Vasilevskiy remains one of the league’s best goalies — if not the best — and he should help Tampa Bay be in the championship mix again in 2023.

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What Other NHL Futures Bets Can I Make?

NHL Stanley Cup odds are the most popular to bet on during the offseason, but there are additional futures markets to explore around the sports betting marketplace. FanDuel deals odds on the winner of each conference and division in the NHL. You can also bet on teams to win the Presidents’ Trophy during next year’s regular season. FanDuel also offers odds on the next winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as regular-season MVP.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current odds to win the Stanley Cup?

DraftKings is among the sportsbooks that have posted 2023 Stanley Cup odds. Colorado is the betting favorite to win next year’s Stanley Cup at +380.

Who will win the 2023 Stanley Cup?

Colorado looks like a solid choice to repeat as Stanley Cup champion. But the Avs will face stiff competition from the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, and Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2022-23 NHL season.

Where can I bet on the Stanley Cup winner?

You can find Stanley Cup odds to bet on at sportsbooks including BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, Caesars Sportsbook, BetRivers, and Unibet.

What are the odds of the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup?

As of this writing, DraftKings was dealing the Maple Leafs at odds of +850 to win the 2023 Stanley Cup. Toronto is among the betting favorites at DraftKings.

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Kris Johnson is a Senior Writer at Gaming Today with more than 15 years of experience as a sports journalist. Kris' work has appeared in Sports Business Daily, Sports Business Journal, NASCAR Illustrated, and more. Kris also authored a sports betting novel entitled The Endgame.

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