Stanley Cup Final betting in North America is no joke. And while the NHL may not be quite as popular as the NFL, NBA or MLB across the US, Stanley Cup odds are everything for ice hockey sharps around the world.
This year, the two teams vying for the Cup are the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Odds Shark has you covered with all of the NHL odds, angles, stats, and props you need when learning how to bet on the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals. Follow this page frequently for all the latest National Hockey League news, Stanley Cup Finals betting tips, and trends.
Stanley Cup Final Betting Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning return to the Stanley Cup Final for the second year in a row and begin as betting favorites. The Lightning enter the final with the five highest scoring players in this season's NHL playoffs. Nikita Kucherov enters this round with seven more points than any other player, and 11 more than any player not also on the Lightning.
What makes Kucherov's playoff run even more impressive is that he didn't play a single game in the 2021 regular season. Some have criticized Tampa Bay for skirting NHL cap rules by placing Kucherov and other stars on the LTIR only to activate them in the playoffs, but there is no question they have an unmatched offensive attack.
The Lightning are equally impressive defensively, with Victor Hedman leading all playoff defensemen in scoring (16 points) and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy sporting the highest save percentage in the playoffs (.936). The Lightning have beat three Eastern Conference foes to get the final, and look to take down their fourth of the playoffs to hoist the Cup once again.
Stanley Cup Final Betting Preview: Montreal Canadiens
While the Lightning have long been favorites to lift the Stanley Cup since they did so last year, the Montreal Canadiens have had a far different path. As the lowest-seeded team to make the playoffs in the North Division, the Canadiens have completed upsets in the first three rounds to earn an opportunity to fight for the Stanley Cup.
The Canadiens stormed back from a 3-1 deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Sportsbook round before sweeping he Winnipeg Jets in Round 2, and walked off the Vegas Golden Knights with an overtime win in the semi-final.
On the back of outstanding goaltending from Carey Price, a sound defensive system, and timely goals, the Habs are four wins away from becoming the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since 1993.
When the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs reach their conclusion, it comes down to two teams squaring off for the top prize. After winning 12 games through the first three rounds, a final best-of-seven series determines the champion of that particular professional hockey season. We’ll show you the ways in which you can bet on the Stanley Cup Final.
If you’re betting on individual games, the payouts will work the same as during the regular season. For example, if the Tampa Bay Lightning win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals by a score of 5-3 and you bet $130 on the Bolts (with a -130 moneyline), then you will receive $100 in profit.
With Stanley Cup series betting, you can wager on which team wins each series outright, or you can wager on NHL futures odds. With series betting, you can pounce on the odds at the start of the series or you can jump on the odds halfway through the series. That way, if things aren’t going so well, you can hedge your hockey bet.
Let’s say you wager $100 on the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup after they’ve secured a 2-0 series lead against the Boston Bruins in the semifinals, you might get the Buds at +200 betting odds. But if the Black and Yellow go on to win the Cup in a 4-2 series, you lose your $100.
Who are the Biggest Underdogs to Win the Stanley Cup?
In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings entered the NHL playoffs as an eighth seed and were 20-1 to hoist their first trophy in 44 years. L.A. caught fire with a remarkable 10-1 road record, tying an NHL best for the most road wins in a single postseason. And while the Kings won 16 of their 20 playoff games, they did so by outscoring their opponents 57-30.
In 1995, the New Jersey Devils were a fifth seed heading into the playoffs. The team struggled throughout the shortened 48-game NHL season due to a lockout, and the Detroit Red Wings looked like an unstoppable force with few media members predicting Jersey to win. But Martin Brodeur’s Devils did the unlikely, and swept Motor city 4-0.
In 1986 and with a roster full of rookies, including star goaltender Patrick Roy and forward Claude Lemieux, the Montreal Canadiens stunned the hockey world when they beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 in the Stanley Cup finals.
What Team has the Most Stanley Cups?
If it wasn't already obvious in the table above, the Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more than any other NHL organization:
Stanley Cup Final Betting Trends
There have only been seven different Stanley Cup winners in the past 11 years with the Chicago Blackhawks winning three times, and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings each winning twice. Since the canceled season in 2004-2005, there have been 10 different teams raise Lord Stanley. Of those 10 teams, only the Carolina Hurricanes (2005-2006) and St. Louis Blues (2018-2019) have won after missing out on the playoffs the prior season.