2021 Stanley Cup Picks Following NHL Trade Deadline

  • 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

BetOnlineBovada
Colorado Avalanche+450+450
Tampa Bay Lightning+700+650
Toronto Maple Leafs+700+750
Vegas Golden Knights+800+800
Boston Bruins+1200+1800
Carolina Hurricanes+1200+1200
New York Islanders+1200+1100
Washington Capitals+1400+1600
Pittsburgh Penguins+1800+2400
Florida Panthers+2000+2000
Minnesota Wild+2200+2000
Winnipeg Jets+2200+2600
Edmonton Oilers+2500+2000
Montreal Canadiens+2800+2200
St. Louis Blues+4000+3000
Dallas Stars+5000+5500
Nashville Predators+5000+6600
Arizona Coyotes+6600+7500
New York Rangers+6600+7000
Philadelphia Flyers+6600+4000
Chicago Blackhawks+8000+8000
Los Angeles Kings+10000+12500
San Jose Sharks+10000+10000
Calgary Flames+15000+15000
Vancouver Canucks+15000+15000
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.

Colorado Avalancheto win Stanley Cup
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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.

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.

The Picks

Right now, our favorite plays in each division are the Capitals (+1600 at Bovada), Lightning (+700 at BetOnline), Maple Leafs +750 at Bovada) and Avalanche +450 at BetOnline.

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