The 2021 NHL season is in the final stretch, and teams are starting to be eliminated from playoff contention. There will be just 16 teams making the playoffs this season after 24 teams qualified for postseason play a season ago.
Not only have teams started to be eliminated, but the top teams have also started to emerge as Stanley Cup betting favorites. Winning the Stanley Cup is one of the hardest things to do in sports, but sportsbooks have identified which teams have the best shot at doing so.
Here is a look at the updated betting odds to win the 2021 Stanley Cup, with a few of the teams on the list highlighted.
- Colorado Avalanche +400
- Tampa Bay Lightning +600
- Vegas Golden Knights +750
- Toronto Maple Leafs +850
The top four teams in the National Hockey League have been clear since the beginning of the season, but these teams have shifted spots on the list throughout the year. There is a good chance that one of these four teams wins the title, but anything can happen in the NHL Playoffs.
It is the Colorado Avalanche that are the current betting favorites at +400, and this team was the preseason favorite as well. Colorado is a team loaded with offensive talent, and they won’t be an easy team to knock off.
Tampa Bay (+600) is the defending champion, but the Lightning currently sit in third place in the Central Division three points behind Carolina and Florida. Vegas (+750) is having another terrific season, and this team has proven that it can win in the playoffs.
Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner give the Maple Leafs (+850) a dynamic duo that few teams in the league can match. Making a bet on any of these four teams is a smart play, but none of them have a ton of betting value.
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- Carolina Hurricanes +1200
- New York Islanders +1400
- Washington Capitals +1400
- Boston Bruins +1600
- Minnesota Wild +1800
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
If you aren’t sold that one of the betting favorites will win the Stanley Cup, then looking at these six teams is the next place to look. The betting favorites don’t always win the title in the NHL, and that will give one of these teams an excellent opportunity to strike.
There are several recent Stanley Cup winners in this group of teams, including the Capitals (+1400), Bruins (+1600), and the Penguins (+1800). The Wild (+1800) is the only team in this group that has never won a Cup. These veteran teams are going to give the favorites a challenge in the Eastern Conference.
The Hurricanes and Islanders continue to impress this season, and they are now legitimate threats to win the Stanley Cup. Each of the teams in this section could jump up and join the group of favorites by the end of the regular season.
- Edmonton Oilers +2000
- Montreal Canadiens +2000
- Florida Panthers +2200
- Winnipeg Jets +2200
- St. Louis Blues +3500
- Nashville Predators +4000
- Dallas Stars +6600
- New York Rangers +6600
- Arizona Coyotes +8000
- Chicago Blackhawks +8000
- Philadelphia Flyers +8000
There are always surprises in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and teams from this list are looking to join that group. There is a good chance that some team from this group of longshots will advance to the Conference finals.
The St. Louis Blues (+3500) and Dallas Stars (+6600) both still have some work to do if they want to make it to the playoffs, but they will be dangerous if they get in. Now is a great time to make a bet on a longshot team as there is plenty of value.