- BetOnline and Bovada have updated 2021 Stanley Cup Odds following Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline
- The Avalanche (+450) remain Cup favorites despite only making minor depth moves at the deadline
- The Bruins (+1800) added former MVP Taylor Hall for little more than a 2nd Round pick
While NHL trade deadline day was largely uneventful, many of the top Stanley Cup contenders fortified their lineups for a deep postseason run over the past couple of weeks.
With the playoffs starting in just under a month, let’s look at the latest odds and place our bets on which team will hoist Lord Stanley this July. Also, be sure to click on our NHL betting tips page to get up to speed on how to wager on hockey.
Odds to Win 2021 Stanley Cup
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+700||+650|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+700||+750|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+800||+800|
|New York Islanders||+1200||+1100|
|St. Louis Blues||+4000||+3000|
|New York Rangers||+6600||+7000|
|Los Angeles Kings||+10000||+12500|
|San Jose Sharks||+10000||+10000|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+20000||+15000|
Cup Contenders Make Deadline Deals
While the Avalanche (+450) mostly stood pat, a slew of contenders decided to go all-in at the deadline. The defending Cup champions in Tampa Bay (+700) brought in rugged Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard to bolster their blueline, the Maple Leafs (+750) traded for Columbus captain Nick Foligno and the Boston Bruins (+1800) added former NHL MVP Taylor Hall from the slumping Sabres.
The New York Islanders (+1200) acquired veteran forward Kyle Palmieri, the Pittsburgh Penguins (+2400) brought in two-time Cup winner Jeff Carter from the Kings and the Washington Capitals (+1600) beat the buzzer with a last-minute deal for Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha.
Here are how we graded the biggest moves from the 2021 NHL trade deadline. https://t.co/9ymcbTWtAT
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) April 12, 2021
Which Trades Moved The Needle?
The Lightning (+700) continued to push their chips in the middle of the table with the addition of Savard and will likely get former MVP Nikita Kucherov back in the lineup for the playoffs. Even better, their primary competition in the Central, the Carolina Hurricanes (+1200) did nothing to improve.
Looking to squeeze one last drop of juice out of a core that’s reached the Cup Final three times since 2011, Boston (+1800) gave itself a fighting chance with a low-cost acquisition of Hall, but a rash of injuries could cause them to miss the playoffs entirely if the Rangers (+7000) continue their surge.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 13, 2021
Without a playoff series win since 2004, Toronto (+750) is a strong bet due to the sorry state of competition in the North. With the rosters of the Jets (+2600), Oilers (+2500) and Canadiens (+2800) all not constructed to play the kind of tight-checking hockey that has doomed the Leafs in the past, Auston Matthews and company should cruise to the Eastern Conference Finals, at minimum.
After only making a minor move, the Vegas Golden Knights (+800) seem to think they’re ready for a likely second-round clash with Colorado (+450), but the 2019 champs in St. Louis (+4000) could also mount another unlikely Cup run.
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