The 2021-22 NHL Regular Season heads into the last three weeks of play and the eight teams in the Eastern Conference are pretty much set while four teams are basically fighting for three spots in the Western Conference as we look to the coming Postseason.
For now, the Predators (87 points), Stars (86), Kings (86) and Golden Knights (84) were fighting for either the No. 3 spot in the Pacific Division or the two Wild Card spots in the West as the VGK (14/1) fight desperately to make the Postseason after a Winter swoon.
Avalanche, Panthers Continue to Play Very Good Hockey
The 2021-22 NHL Regular Season will end on Friday, April 29 with all 32 clubs in action that night with the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs scheduled to begin three days later on Monday, May 2 with the 16 teams making the Postseason all vying to win the Stanley Cup.
In the Eastern Conference where some seeming certainty can be found with the Islanders (10,000/1 to win 2022 Stanley Cup,) and Blue Jackets (10,000/1) basically Dead Men Skating, the Capitals (90 points) have seemed to already sewn up the No. 8 spot.
And in doing so, Alexander Ovechkin and Washington (33/1) will likely get the No. 1 seed, the Panthers (+550) in a tough Round 1 draw for both in the Wild, Wild East. current conference No. 2 seed Carolina could face No. 7 seed Pittsburgh in another shocker.
Steven Stamkos and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay (10/1) may meet the Maple Leafs, Rangers with the current No. 7 seed Bruins also likely facing Toronto or New York with all four first-round series in the East looking treacherous.
So maybe nobody gets out alive in the East, but over in the Western Conference, it seems that the red-hot Avalanche (W6, 8-1-1 L10) should be able to make quick work of whoever the No. 8 seed will be, with Dallas (86 points) the team looking down the snake hole now.
The No. 2 seed in the West looks to be the upstart Flames (9/1), who would play the Kings (86 points) if the NHL Playoffs started right now and a team that nobody will want to face in the Postseason with Calgary (W4) possibly the most underrated team in the NHL still.
The Wild, Blues, Oilers, and Predators will likely be the No. 3-No. 6 seeds in the Western Conference and may beat up and/or wear each other out in potential Round 1 and Round 2 wins just to get to a theoretical Western Conference final against Colorado or Calgary.
“Obviously, anytime you sweep a road trip, there are a lot of positives that had to happen for that to go down. But most importantly, I think we got out of that rut.” https://t.co/Vbwou9I7qP
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 10, 2022
So VGK needs everything to go right, nobody will want to face the Flames or the Hurricanes (10/1) and every round and every single game in the Eastern Conference could be epic the way things look right now. Only the strongest teams survive in the NHL.
So the teams in the Eastern Conference already waiting for the 2022-23 NHL Regular Season are the Philadelphia Flyers, the New Jersey Devils, the Montréal Canadiens, the Detroit Red Wings, the Ottawa Senators, and the woe-is-always-me Buffalo Sabres.
And in the Western Conference, the teams done are the Chicago Blackhawks, the expansion Seattle Kraken, the Arizona Coyotes, the Anaheim Ducks and soon the Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, and San José Sharks all calling it a season soon.
Here are the latest 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals winner odds from one of the best sportsbooks to bet NHL Hockey, online sportsbook BetUS for the modern sophisticated NHL Hockey bettor.
Odds to Win 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Colorado Avalanche +375
Florida Panthers +550
Calgary Flames +900
Tampa Bay Lightning +900
Carolina Hurricanes +1000
Toronto Maple Leafs +1200
Vegas Golden Knights +1400
Boston Bruins +1600
Pittsburgh Penguins +1600
Minnesota Wild +1800
New York Rangers +2000
Louis Blues +2500
Edmonton Oilers +2800
Washington Capitals +3300
Los Angeles Kings +4000
Nashville Predators +4000
Dallas Stars +4500
New York Islanders +20000
Winnipeg Jets +20000
Vancouver Canucks +20000
Anaheim Ducks +100000
Columbus Blue Jackets +100000
San José Sharks +100000
Sidney Crosby (2-1—3) recorded his 1,400th career point (514-886—1,400 in 1,100 GP). He became the 22nd player in NHL history to reach the mark and just the third active, joining Joe Thornton (1,538) and Alex Ovechkin (1,403).#NHLStats: https://t.co/55geAWNwnS pic.twitter.com/iyCpClEyJi
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 10, 2022
Odds to Bet Some to Win Stanley Cup Not Worth It Now?
After hanging out in 4th place in the Central Division for longer than they wanted, the Avalanche have emerged the 2022 Stanley Cup favorites, but has the time to back Colorado to win Lord Stanley’s Cup already come and gone? And can they be beat?
We’ll see if the first answer and yes is the second one, the Avs can be beaten. They have been playing great and can come from behind better than anyone in the league, but remember Colorado may have to face the Flames and the Home-ice Edge can be lost in a game.
In the Eastern Conference, the Panthers have been playing great all season long and look better than the two-time defending champion Lightning, who at 10/1 odds, bear some of the highest potential value they have since the odds came out before the season began.
Florida iced Tampa Bay, 9-3 when the two met as the Cats scored three goals in each period and got inside the heads of the champs, but two teams to fear in the Eastern Conference for me are the Hurricanes (10/1) and the Bruins (16/1) with hot Goalies.
Good. Night. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/orjcAPWkyn
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 9, 2022
The Maple Leafs (12/1), Penguins (16/1), Rangers (20/1), and Capitals (33/1) will need to be at their best to oust the Bruins, Lightning, Hurricanes and Panthers, so the chances to bet on Boston and Carolina may have passed although 16/1 with the Bruins may cash.
The B’s (45-22-5) and their Perfection Line of Brad Marchand (72 points), David Pastrnak (71 points) and Patrice Bergeron (44 points) have really picked up their game and secured a Playoff spot with Goaltender Linus Ullmark (23-10-2) leading the way.
And with Taylor Hall (54 points), Charlie McAvoy (52 points), and backup Goaltender Jeremy Swayman (20-10-3), Boston (22-11-2 at Home) would be a tough draw for Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs or Artemi Panarin and the Broadway Blueshirts.
Before the 2021 NHL Preseason began, the expansion Kraken (23-43-6) opened up at 100/1 odds to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup before the action began pouring in at online sportsbooks on the league’s 32nd and newest franchise in the Emerald City.
On September 21, NHL oddsmakers had the Kraken lined at 33/1 to be the champions in this 105th season (104th of play) in the NHL and by November 19, almost two months later, Seattle was at 104/1, so remember when betting Hype that you are betting Hype.
So never back expansion teams in any Futures betting markets to win professional league championships in their first year of play and choose to bet against these new teams in select spots to make a profit so you can bet on a logical Futures team that can actually win.
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Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. …
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