- BetOnline favors the Colorado Avalanche (+350) and Florida Panthers (+500) to meet in the Stanley Cup Final
- The Toronto Maple Leafs (+1100) are looking to win their first playoff series since 2004
- The NHL postseason gets underway Monday, May 2 with the Cup Finals scheduled for late June
The Stanley Cup Playoffs is not the tournament to bet on a favorite. Sure, the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers look good now, but a Presidents’ Trophy winner hasn’t hoisted Lord Stanley in almost a decade. Instead, let’s evaluate some of the championship longshots that could go on a deep run this postseason.
Stanley Cup – Odds To Win
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+1100|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+1100|
|New York Rangers||+1200|
|St. Louis Blues||+2000|
|Los Angeles Kings||+4000|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+4000|
Top Five Cup Contenders
The Panthers (+500) will win their first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history after reeling off a 13-game win streak, but the Avalanche (+350) know all too well that having the league’s best record does not guarantee postseason success. Given the proclivity at which underdogs advance in the NHL playoffs, it would almost be an upset if Colorado and Florida staged a rematch of their 1996 Stanley Cup Final this June, but what an incredible series that would be.
Led by electric Hart Trophy candidates in Johnny Gaudreau and Auston Matthews, Calgary (+900) and Toronto (+1100) are both in position to claim Canada’s first Cup since the Montreal Canadiens way back in 1993. However, since the Maple Leafs will have to go through the two-time defending champs in Tampa Bay (+1100) and Florida, the Flames probably have the better shot.
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU IS CRAZY FOR THIS ONE pic.twitter.com/hFoSNMvG2A
— z – Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 13, 2022
Best Longshot Bets
By virtue of having the first Wild-Card spot, the Bruins (+1600) will get to avoid the three juggernaut squads (Florida, Toronto, Tampa Bay) in the Atlantic Division until the Eastern Conference Finals. Instead, Boston will face a Carolina (+1200) team down to their third-string goalie in the first round. The same Canes club they defeated in 2019 and 2020. And if they advance, the B’s will play either New York (+1200) or Pittsburgh (+2200) in Round 2. Not bad.
Putting away his team's first and last markers as part of a 5-3 victory vs the Canadiens Sunday night, Patrice Bergeron moved past a fellow @NHLBruins legend (and one of the all-time great defencemen in NHL history) on this list as he now trails just 3 goal getters in BOS history pic.twitter.com/qQgsyv0Afl
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) April 25, 2022
Despite having two of the best five players in the NHL in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton (+1600) is easy to dismiss after years of under-performance. However, the Oilers are flying at the moment with a 24-8-3 record under coach Jay Woodcroft. A looming second-round Battle of Alberta against the rival Flames is something any hockey fan can look forward to.
We also like Minnesota (+1800) and St. Louis (+2000). There’s just one problem – the two clubs will meet in the first round with the eventual winner moving on to play the Avs. That’s no easy road but the Wild have the type of rough-and-tumble team that’s built to win in the postseason. Dean Evason’s boys have posted a sterling 16-1-3 record in their past 20 contests and will soon get rugged defenseman Matt Dumba back from injury. Buckle up.
Best Bet: Minnesota Wild (+1800)
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