The Stanley Cup playoffs are slated to begin on May 2nd, with a new champion named by June 30th.
Early on in the season, the Colorado Avalanche were the favorites to hoist the cup, and little has changed in that regard, but who else has made in-roads at positioning themselves in strong contention for the cup? Read on to find out more on our NHL Betting analysis so can keep making your bets against the Stanley Cup Odds.
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As mentioned, the early season favorites were the Colorado Avalanche, and that still stands. With the best record in the league through 53 games, the Avalanche have balance, defense, and depth. They are second in goals scored per game and in the top-12 in the fewest goals allowed per game.
They have two skaters in the top ten in points scored (Kadri and Rantanen), a goalie tied for third in wins (Kuemper), and they recently got their star MacKinnon back from injury. MyBookie odds as of 3/1: +390
Out of this group, the Hurricanes have the second-best record in the NHL, followed by the Lightning, Panthers, and Maple Leafs.
A team that may be flying under the radar a little bit is the Calgary Flames. The Flames currently have the ninth-best record in the NHL at 32-14-6, which puts them in first place in the Pacific division. Their goalie Jacob Markstrom is having a career year with eight shutouts in 42 starts.
He has a .927 SV% and a 2.10 GAA to go along with 25 wins. The Flames are eighth in goals scored per game, second in fewest goals allowed per game, have a top-ten PP% and a top-five PK%. Calgary is 9-1-0 in their last ten, 15-5-0 in their last 20, and have won their last two games. MyBookie odds as of 3/1: +1125
Other underdogs to keep an eye on include the Pittsburgh Penguins (+1375) and N.Y. Rangers (+1700). Pittsburgh is 33-14-8 with 74 points. They are winners of six of their last ten. N.Y. Rangers are just behind Pittsburgh in the standings at 71 points (33-15-5).
Fading But Not Out of It
The Vegas Golden Knights are beginning to fade with 29 games to go. They have the sixth-best odds, according to MyBookie, but have had a poor stretch in their last ten games (4-5-1, losers of two consecutive). They are now down to 29-20-4 with 62 points.
Part of their struggles may be due in part to some injury concerns, particularly to RW Mark Stone, a terrific defensive forward and Selke finalist in 2021. The Golden Knights are 12th in goals scored per game and 16th in fewest goals allowed per game. Since the calendar turned to 2022, the Golden Knights are just 7-8-4. MyBookie odds as of 3/1: +890
Another team that has really started to fall off as of late is the Minnesota Wild. The Wild (+1625) have 65 points and a 31-17-3 record, but they have also gone on a four-game slide and are just 3-7-0 in their last ten games. Don’t count them out just yet, though; immediately prior to this most recent stretch, they had won six in a row and nine of ten.
The Best of the Rest
Other teams to keep an eye on as the playoffs approach include the St. Louis Blues (8th best record in the NHL; 2nd in the Western Conference; winners of four straight) at +1750, the Boston Bruins (10th best record; winners of five consecutive games; currently 7th in the Eastern Conference) at +1750, and the L.A. Kings (12th best record; winners of seven of their last ten; 5th in the Western Conference) at +3700.