The 2021-2022 NHL Season starts on Tuesday, October 12. The season happens from Tuesday all the way to next June when the best in the league will battle it out for the right to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup. Which teams are primed for an NHL Championship run? Check out the 2022 Stanley Cup odds and analysis. Be sure
Odds to Win the 2022 Stanley Cup
- Colorado Avalanche +450
- Tampa Bay Lightning +550
- Vegas Golden Knights +700
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1100
- Boston Bruins +1400
- Carolina Hurricanes +1500
- New York Islanders +1900
- Florida Panthers +2000
- New York Rangers +2000
- Dallas Stars +2200
- Edmonton Oilers +2200
- Minnesota Wild +2500
- Pittsburgh Penguins +2500
- Washington Capitals +2500
- Montreal Canadiens +2800
- Philadelphia Flyers +2800
- Calgary Flames +4000
- Chicago Blackhawks +4000
- St. Louis Blues +4000
- Winnipeg Jets +4000
- Seattle Kraken +4500
- Los Angeles Kings +5000
- New Jersey Devils +5000
- Vancouver Canucks +5000
- Nashville Predators +6000
- Ottawa Senators +8000
- San Jose Sharks +10000
- Anaheim Ducks +12500
- Columbus Blue Jackets +12500
- Arizona Coyotes +15000
- Detroit Red Wings +20000
- Buffalo Sabres +25000
Which team among the Avalanche, Lightning, and Golden Knights offers the fairest odds to win the 2022 Stanley Cup?
The Avalanche can win it all. But they could have won it all last season. What derailed Colorado? Injuries. So if we back the Avs at the low odds, we’re hoping they don’t suffer the same type of injuries they did in the 2021 NHL Playoffs. That’s a lot to hope for at +450 odds. The Lightning are a better play because they’ve won two straight Stanley Cup titles.
But the Lightning’s odds make them an underlay. Why? The last team to win three straight were the New York Islanders from 1981 through 1983. If we decide Colorado and Tampa aren’t worth backing, we’re left with the Vegas Golden Knights. If defenseman Alex Pietrangelo stays healthy and Robin Lehner can provide the same spark in goal that Marc Andre-Fleury did the past couple of seasons, the Knights can take the Cup.
Which team among the Leafs, Hurricanes, Bruins and Islanders has the best shot of lifting the Cup?
It’s tough to like the Bruins because their two best players, center Brad Marchand and goalie Tuukka Rask, are 33 and 34 years old. The Islanders are worth a look. Center Anders Lee missed most of last season and NYI still managed to win the Metropolitan Division. Carolina got a decent boost in goal by acquiring Frederik Andersen. If Andersen stays healthy, he should help the Hurricanes challenge teams in the new realigned Metropolitan.
The team to consider backing, though, are the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, the Leafs have disappointed the past couple of seasons. But Toronto added goalie Petr Mrazek, which means the Leafs can play Mrazek or Joseph Campbell on most nights. If Toronto is able to keep both terrific goalies healthy during the regular season, the Maple Leafs could upset the Lightning and win the Atlantic Division.
What two teams with odds of +2200 to +2800 can win the Stanley Cup?
The Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, and Montreal Canadiens are all capable. Leo Draisaitl and Connor McDavid remain on Edmonton’s roster. As long as those two guys call themselves Oilers, Edmonton will have a chance.
The Capitals will have a tougher time challenging for the Cup this season than in season’s past. But even though Nicklas Backstrom is 33 and Alex Ovechkin is 36, Washington may have enough young players to make a run.
Like before last season started, nobody is paying attention to the Canadiens. The 2021 Stanley Cup runner-up has a good mix of veterans, like goalie Carey Price and center Eric Staal, and young players, like 22-year-old Nick Suzuki. Montreal could surprise.
Are there any underdogs with odds of at least +4000 that can win Lord Stanley’s hardware?
Expansion team Seattle has a shot. Philip Grubauer in goal will give the Kraken a big step up over a lot of their competition. Not only that, but outside of Vegas and Edmonton, the Pacific looks relatively tame. Seattle can beat Calgary, terrible Anaheim, the Kings, San Jose, and Vancouver.
It’s tough to count out St. Louis. The Blues roster still shows plenty of talent, including Jordan Binnington in goal, Brandon Saad, and Vladimir Tarasenko. The 2019 Cup winners are worth a look.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.