Stanley Cup Odds Update: David Pastrnak and Bruins Still Favored to Hoist the Stanley Cup

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David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston, Massachusetts. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

We are heading toward the business end of the NHL season now that the trade deadline is just two weeks away. The Stanley Cup future odds have done a lot of fluctuating in recent weeks, most notably in the past few days with teams trading for players that they believe can help them achieve glory. Here are the updated NHL odds for this year’s Stanley Cup. 

Stanley Cup Favorites 

Boston Bruins +525  

Having started off the year as +2800 favorites to win this year’s Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins quickly rose to favorites when they went 18-2 in their opening 20 games of the season.  

With an overall record sitting at 29-4 and having only allowed 1.88 goals per game, Linus Ullmark has been the backbone of this Boston team. Ullmark is the only goaltender in the league this season to allow less than 2.0 goals per game. Helped by the 77 points of David Pastrnak which is 28 points more than their second-highest points scorer to date.  

As a team, the Bruins are the league’s second-highest scorers hitting 3.71 goals per game as well as being the best defense allowing only 2.05 goals per game. They also have the league’s best penalty kill and 8th-best power play.  

Colorado Avalanche +700  

Current Stanley Cup holders, the Colorado Avalanche, still remain second favored at the top US betting sites despite being as low as seventh in the Western Conference and third in their division.  

Although they suffered a lot of injuries up until now, they have gone 6-2-2 in their previous 10 games, and with their team almost back to a full bill of health, they seem to be hitting their stride now and will look to push further up the table in hopes of another Stanley Cup.  

Carolina Hurricanes +900  

The Carolina Hurricanes have been the second-best team in the Eastern Conference behind runaway leaders Boston. The Hurricanes are one of the toughest and most consistent teams in the league who’s had a +41 goal difference to date as well as going 9-1 in their previous 10 games. 

With one of the best coaches in the league and currently top of the Central division having allowed just 2.62 goals per game as well as having the league’s highest expected goals for, the Hurricanes look like one of the best NHL picks at +900 to lift this year’s cup.  

Previous Five Stanley Cup Winners  

2022: Colorado Avalanche

  • Pre-Season Odds: +500
  • All-Star Break Odds: +450

2021: Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Pre-Season Odds: +900
  • All-Star Break Odds: +800 

2020: Tampa Bay Lightning  

  • Pre-Season Odds: +700 
  • All-Star Break Odds: +750 

2019: St. Louis Blues

  • Pre-Season Odds: +3800
  • All-Star Break Odds: +8000 

2018: Washington Capitals

  • Pre-Season Odds: +1000
  • All-Star Break Odds: +1475 

Stanley Cup Top Contenders 

Toronto Maple Leafs +1100 

Toronto has gone all-in to lift the cup this year having traded for Ryan O’Reilly and Noel Acciari from the St. Louis Blues. O’Reilly helped the Blues to Stanley Cup glory in 2019 when he scored 23 points in 26 games and was named the finals MVP.  

Toronto boasts one of the best depth charts for centers in the league now with Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Ryan O’Reilly. All that said, the Leafs will have to beat some tough teams along the way and +1100 might be a little short for us to consider them bettable right now. They have a history of bottling it and unfortunately, that tag gets harder to shake off the longer it lingers on.  

Toronto has struggled to make it past the first round in recent years and unfortunately, it looks like they might be facing the Tampa Bay Lighting in this year’s first round. Not until the Leafs can prove their worthiness can we trust them to go deep into the playoffs.  

Tampa Bay Lightning +1400  

With one of the best goaltenders in the NHL in Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning are always a tough team to face, and even when they’re having an off day they still have the capacity to win games, unlike a lot of other top teams. 

Having suffered their usual slow start to the season, Tampa has started to ramp things up in recent weeks having gone 16-6 in their previous 22 games. This team shouldn’t be written off and they have proved so with three trips to the finals in the previous three years.  

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