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NHL Stanley Cup Odds 2023-24: Avalanche's Annunen Fixing Major Weakness

The NHL's Stanley Cup odds are always chock-full of value. Even after an 82-game season decided what the good teams and bad teams are. That's because the Stanley Cup playoffs are the hardest to win in professional sports. 

Let's break down the odds to win the oldest (and frankly most beautiful) trophy in North American sports and see who's got the best shot at winning it.

Who has the best Stanley Cup odds?

Odds To Win NHL - Stanley Cup 2023-24
TeamOdds
Carolina Hurricanes+550
NY Rangers+700
Florida Panthers+750
Colorado Avalanche+800
Dallas Stars+800
Boston Bruins+900
Vancouver Canucks+1000
Vegas Golden Knights+1100
Winnipeg Jets+1100
Edmonton Oilers+1500
Toronto Maple Leafs+1800
Tampa Bay Lightning+2200
Los Angeles Kings+2800
Nashville Predators+3000
NY Islanders+3300
Detroit Red Wings+10000
Pittsburgh Penguins+15000
Washington Capitals+15000
Philadelphia Flyers+30000
St. Louis Blues+75000
New Jersey Devils+200000
Buffalo Sabres+250000
Calgary Flames+400000
Seattle Kraken+400000
Anaheim Ducks+500000
Arizona Coyotes+500000
Chicago Blackhawks+500000
Columbus Blue Jackets+500000
Minnesota Wild+500000
Montreal Canadiens+500000
Ottawa Senators+500000
San Jose Sharks+500000

Odds as of April 21st, 2024 05:24am EDT.

Dallas Stars Stanley Cup Odds

The Dallas Stars have a lot going for them. They had the fourth-best depth offense in the league with 69% of their scoring coming from outside their top three players. Their penalty kill was eighth in the NHL at 82% and their power play was sixth in the league at 24.2%.

All three (depth scoring, PK% and PP%) are vital to win hockey's most coveted prize.

The Stars' biggest addition didn't come at the trade deadline but within their system. Dallas's second-round pick from 2021 Logan Stankoven stepped up to the NHL in late February and has scored 14 points in his 24 games in the show. 

Young talent, scoring depth and excellent special teams. Dallas has it all.

New York Rangers Stanley Cup Odds

The New York Rangers were the first team to book their ticket to the playoffs. Big shout out to the weak Metropolitan Division for that.

As you'd expect with a Cup favorite, they're good in just about every aspect of the game. They've got the top six offense (278 goals) and the seventh-best defense (226 goals against), third power play at 26.4% and third penalty kill at 84.5%.

Goaltending hasn't been clutch, yet. Shersterkin is only averaging a 0.912SV% and 2.58GAA but we've seen his quality before. Specifically in the playoffs. In 21-22, Shesty was let down by his team when he held an insane +18.6 goals saved above expected in 20 games. Get that Shersterkin and the Rangers could go deep. Really deep. 

The worry for the Rangers is the Presidents' Trophy curse that now hangs over their heads. To be fair, New York is the last team to win the Presidents' Trophy in a full regular season and win the Stanley Cup that year (all the way back in 1994 of course).

 

Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup Odds

The Avs are a wagon. That's in large part to superstar Nathan MacKinnon who's leading the league in production. The trio of MacKinnon, Rantanen and Makar have combined for 330 points in 81 games. Insane.

Colorado has more than enough superstar talent to win the Cup (they've already done it).

They're also top 10 in just about every single category you can think of: offense, defense, PP%, PK%, CF% and xGF%. You name it and they're at the top of the league. 

That is Stanley Cup favorite territory.

Goaltending was a worrying weakness for Colorado with starter Alexandar Georgiev having a sub-par 0.897 SV% and a goals-against average that's bow just over 3.00. But young Finnish goalie Justus Annunen has changed all that. He's been a revelation in net with a 0.925SV% and 2.35GAA in 13 starts.

With that type of goaltending, as well as everything else the Avs have going for them, they're the easy favs.

Last 10 Stanley Cup Winners

Last 10 Stanley Cup Winners
YearCup ChampionsOpening Odds
2023Vegas Golden Knights+1800
2022Colorado Avalanche+600
2021Tampa Bay Lightning+900
2020Tampa Bay Lightning+675
2019St. Louis Blues+3000
2018Washington Capitals+1125
2017Pittsburgh Penguins+1100
2016Pittsburgh Penguins+1300
2015Chicago Blackhawks+700
2014Los Angeles Kings+1200


Aside from the Golden Knights winning the league in only their sixth season, there aren’t many shockers on this list – except for the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
 
The Blues sat at +3000 before the ’18-19 season began, netting early bettors $3,000 on a $100 bet, but it gets better! By the All-Star break that year, the Blues were at the bottom of the NHL standings – their odds of winning the Stanley Cup were +10000. That means a $100 bet would have returned a whopping $10,000 in profits. Wild.

The eventual Stanley Cup champions over the last 10 years have had average opening odds of +1180, but take out that 2019 Blues championship and the typical Stanley Cup champion’s odds are +978. 

NHL Teams With The Most Stanley Cups

Most Stanley Cup Championships
TeamStanley CupsLast Cup Win
Montreal Canadiens241993
Toronto Maple Leafs131967
Detroit Red Wings112008
Boston Bruins62011
Chicago Blackhawks62015
Edmonton Oilers51990
Pittsburgh Penguins52017
New York Islanders41983
New York Rangers41994
New Jersey Devils32003


Toronto sure has a lot of Cups, but they haven't won or even been to a Stanley Cup Final since that last championship back in 1967. Breaking their drought of first-round exits in the 2023 playoffs, let’s pray for Leafs fans that their squad can battle back to the finals soon.

However, with modern parity in the NHL, it's going to take a long time for any franchise to pass the Montreal Canadiens' 24 Stanley Cup banners, which they racked up over multiple decades in the mid-1900s.

NHL Teams That Have Never Won A Stanley Cup

There are 11 teams, more than a third of the league, who have yet to put their hands on the Stanley Cup.

This year, the Panthers, Predators, Cancuks or Jets get a chance to take their names off this list. We'll see if either of them can go all the way and actually win the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

Now, technically the Ottawa Senators did win a few Stanley Cups, but the last championship took place before the invention of penicillin, not to mention the Senators didn't exist between 1934 (when they moved to St. Louis) and 1992. So, I'm not going to count those. Sorry Sens fans!

Stanley Cup Betting Odds and Trends

As hockey bettors, we're always hunting for an edge or trends that make our wagers a little easier on the mind -- when it comes to the Stanley Cup, there are a few notable patterns we can pick up on. The trophy is still anyone's game, but here are a few common trends over the last few years that could help you narrow down a pick:

  • When it comes to picking a favored conference, it’s pretty split – out of the last 10 winners, 60% have been Eastern teams and the West claims 40%.
  • The Cup is a repeat-friendly trophy. The Penguins and Lightning have both gone back-to-back in the last 10, and 16 teams total have had repeat victories since 1918.
  • Since 2010, there have only been six teams with pre-season odds higher than +1000 who went on to win the Cup, but they all did so in the last 10 years. The underdog trend is looking up!
  • You’d think regular season domination would indicate a Stanley Cup favorite, but the President’s Trophy has only gone to the eventual winner of the finals eight times in its 35-year lifespan. Take a look at the 2023 Bruins – the best record in NHL history with a first-round exit. Yikes.

How To Bet On Stanley Cup Odds

To bet on Stanley Cup odds, you’d make a futures bet on your sportsbook's NHL section of the website. You'll likely see a tab for futures options and the NHL finals should be a front-and-center option. Don't be afraid to review our NHL betting guide for a few friendly tips and tricks if you're debating a wager on the Stanley Cup!

Odds are available before the puck drops in the regular season -- certain teams will always be contenders, especially if they won the Cup the previous year. When sportsbooks set the lines, they look at offseason roster moves, coaching changes and past performance specifically the previous season.

Where To Bet On The Stanley Cup Futures

You can find updated Stanley Cup odds at most sportsbooks – the lines may differ slightly depending on which book you're going to use, so be sure you're getting the best value for your money. If you're looking for recommendations on how to choose the best book for you, head over to our NHL sites review page!

How To Read Stanley Cup Odds 2024

Let’s say you want to make a futures bet today. The Stanley Cup odds might look something like this:

  • Colorado Avalanche +300
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +550
  • Vegas Golden Knights +800
  • Carolina Hurricanes +900
  • Edmonton Oilers +1100

If you feel strongly about the Leafs and believe they’re going to end their Stanley Cup, you could wager $100 on them at +550 odds. If they triumph, you’d get a payout of $650 – your original $100 is returned along with winnings of $550. Our odds calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

The Stanley Cup odds constantly change throughout the season – relevant news like trades, player injuries, and hot/cold streaks are a few examples of what can move a team’s line. If you see Stanley Cup odds you like, it’s best to bet on them ASAP – the Leafs may be +550 to win the Stanley Cup in October, but after a surge in December, their odds could lower to +300. Bet smart and bet early.

What Are Stanley Cup Futures

A futures bet is betting on the outcome of an event before it takes place – when it comes to the Stanley Cup, that means betting on who will hoist the league's top trophy well before it's awarded.

It’s an incredibly simple selection of paper, but the wealth of options at your disposal can make it a bit tricky. Don’t worry if you’re risk-averse though. You can bet on Stanley Cup futures before the season starts up to the end of playoffs. If you’d prefer to wait to see who makes the postseason, you’ll face a lower payout but see better chances of success.

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