It is a race at the top of the NHL for the President’s Trophy and for the betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup. The Colorado Avalanche and the Florida Panthers are battling it out to see who can bring home the most points this season. It may not be the final battle we see between the two teams this season.
Let’s take a look at some of the Stanley Cup Betting favorites and a few teams that could be a surprise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year.
Top Betting Picks and Teams That Could Surprise – Updated NHL Stanley Cup Odds
Colorado Avalanche +350
The Colorado Avalanche are tied for the most points in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, as mentioned above. Colorado has run away with the top spot in the Western Conference and will be the #1 overall seed in the Western Conference.
Recently, the Avalanche had their nine-game win streak snapped by the Washington Capitals. There are six games left on the schedule for Colorado, three of which are divisional games. They are sitting comfortable but not out of the woods yet.
This may catch you by surprise, but Nathan MacKinnon is not the points leader for the Avalanche. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 91 points on the season in 73 games. Rantanen has scored 36 goals and added 55 assists on the season.
The Avalanche have so many players that can hurt you, and they can score in a heartbeat. Colorado is looking for their first Stanley Cup since 2001.
Florida Panthers +550
Arguably the hottest team in the NHL with 11-straight wins, the Florida Panthers continue to defy the odds this season. This season could have gone horribly wrong for the Panthers after firing Joel Quenneville. There was so much turmoil around the current team because of Quenneville and his years in Chicago, but that did not slow them down.
The rest of the season is very important for the Panthers because of the Toronto Maple Leafs being within a distance of catching Florida. Toronto has 108 points on the season, just eight behind Florida with 116.
Jonathan Huberdeau’s play this season has been astonishing with his 111 points. He has 81 assists on the year to help with his point total. Sergei Bobrovsky has been next to unstoppable on the season with a 37-6-3 record.
Calgary Flames +900
While it may come as a bit of a surprise, the Calgary Flames have the third-best odds to win the Stanley Cup. They lead the Pacific Division by 10 points over the Edmonton Oilers. The Flames have won seven of their last nine games.
Johnny Gaudreau leads the team in points this season with a total of 108 points. Matthew Tkachuk leads the team in goals with 39 on the year. Tkachuk is a rising star within the NHL and will be a name to watch for as the years go on.
Teams To Watch
- Tampa Bay Lightning +1100
The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking to make it three in a row as Stanley Cup champions. The most a team has ever won is five in a row by the Montreal Canadiens. It could be hard to bet against the back-to-back champions.
- Carolina Hurricanes +1200
The Carolina Hurricanes are having a good season this year and are currently tied for first in the Metropolitan Division. The blocks have been built on through the last few years, and this could be the year that Carolina gets to the top.
- Boston Bruins +1600
The Bruins are very solid this season and find ways to stay in and win games. They are officially without Tuukka Rask, which will be an adjustment when it comes to the postseason.
- St. Louis Blues +2200
The St. Louis Blues have one of the best offenses in the NHL. There are so many weapons that St. Louis can use to beat other teams, but it depends on the defense and goaltending for St. Louis the Blues.