Updated Stanley Cup Odds Favor the Avalanche and Flyers

  • The Avalanche (+500) and Flyers (+550) are the Stanley Cup favorites in their respective conferences
  • The Bruins (+800) and Blues (+1200) both fell from first to fourth seeds after round-robin play
  • The Blue Jackets’ defensive pair of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski make them an incredible bet at +3300

After Qualifying Round upsets bounced Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby from the bubble, Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon is the best player left in the tournament, but should the Colorado Avalanche really be favored to hoist the Stanley Cup?

Let’s review the odds for all 16 NHL teams and provide the best bet to win it all.



Winner Odds
Colorado Avalanche +500
Philadelphia Flyers +550
Tampa Bay Lightning +700
Vegas Golden Knights +700
Boston Bruins +800
Carolina Hurricanes +1200
St. Louis Blues +1200
Washington Capitals +1400
Dallas Stars +2000
Calgary Flames +2500
Chicago Blackhawks +2500
New York Islanders +2500
Columbus Blue Jackets +3300
Vancouver Canucks +3300
Montreal Canadiens +3500
Arizona Coyotes +4000


Colorado (+500) and Philadelphia (+550) certainly looked impressive in round-robin play, but it’s important not to put too much stock in the glorified exhibition games. With the Avalanche and Flyers set to face the two hottest goalies in hockey, the Coyotes’ Darcy Kuemper and Montreal’s Carey Price, there’s no upside in betting for either club at the moment.

It’s also hard to back a Lightning (+700) club that might be without defenceman Victor Hedman and sniper Steven Stamkos for the entirety of their First Round rematch against a Blue Jackets (+3300) club that swept them last year.

In fact, at +3300, Columbus might be the best value in the board. With two of the top blueliners in the league in Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, the Jackets are plenty capable of making a deep playoff run despite losing name brand-name stars such as Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky last offseason.


When the NHL stopped play, the Bruins (+800) were sitting comfortably in first place with 100 points through 70 games. It took only three round-robin losses for their efforts to go up in smoke as Boston dropped to the fourth seed and will now play a hot Hurricanes (+1200) team that dismantled the Rangers in three games.

Boston swept Carolina in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals thanks to lights-out netminding by Tuukka Rask, but they’ll need the Perfection Line (Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak) to shake off the rust in a hurry to get by an ascending Canes squad.

St. Louis (+1200) also fell from first to fourth after going 0-2-1 in the round robin, but get a favorable draw in a young, skilled Canucks team that they should be able to bruise and batter.

Don’t dismiss the defending Cup champs over a few meaningless ramp-up games. They’re my pick to face Columbus in the Stanley Cup Finals.


Steve Starr

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