2022 Presidents’ Trophy Race Odds: Panthers should edge Avs

By | April 27, 2022

In the National Hockey League, the Presidents’ Trophy is awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the regular season. This season, it’s down to two teams competing to bring home the hardware.

The Florida Panthers currently lead the race with 120 points. The Colorado Avalanche are close behind with 118 points. It is still anyone’s for the taking.

The Panthers final two games are both north of the border. They will take on the Ottawa Senators Thursday night and the Montreal Canadiens Friday night.

Colorado has two games remaining as well, both against divisional opponents. They close out their home schedule Thursday against the Nashville Predators. They then travel to Minnesota on Friday to finish the regular season against their arch rivals.

Colorado has the tougher test, facing two playoff teams down the stretch. The Panthers have the easier route, due to the fact that they play the bottom two teams in their own division. Here’s how the odds currently stand for both teams:

2022 Presidents’ Trophy Standings and Odds (as of Wednesday, April 27)

Presidents’ Trophy Standings

  1. Florida Panthers – 120 points (80 games)
  2. Colorado Avalanche – 118 points (80 games)

Odds to Win the Presidents’ Trophy

Odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Florida Panthers -550
  • Colorado Avalanche +420

The Presidents’ Trophy Curse?

Since the 2015 New York Rangers, no team with the Presidents’ Trophy has advanced past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Along with that, no team has won the Stanley Cup while holding it since 2013 when the Chicago Blackhawks completed the feat.

The Colorado Avalanche took home the Presidents’ Trophy last year and followed it up with a second round exit to the Vegas Golden Knights. If they can pull off an amazing run this last week and take it home for a second straight season, they will need to have a stronger postseason or the curse will continue.

Florida has never taken home the Presidents’ Trophy since their inception into the league in 1993. If there was a time for them to pounce, this is it.

Making a Deep Run in the Playoffs

Both teams desperately want to give their fan bases a happy ending to the season. The Avalanche want to avenge their 2021 campaign with a deeper run into the postseason. The Panthers are looking to break a 26 year drought and win a playoff series.

Making a deep run in the playoffs will not be an easy task. Both conferences are chock full of hungry teams that will do anything in their power to raise the Stanley Cup.

The Eastern Conference posts a particularly tough challenge for Florida. Even though they sit on top of the conference, they may have to deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the playoffs. The Lightning are going for their third straight Stanley Cup championship.

For Colorado, the path isn’t any easier. The Central Division is most likely sending 4 other teams to the tournament. This could cause some issues for the Central frontrunners as they have recently dropped some games to teams in their own division that they probably shouldn’t have.

Who Will Win the Presidents’ Trophy This Season?

Florida has the easier of the two schedules this week and should be able to coast to the prize without much difficulty.

However, crazier things have happened in NHL hockey. They need to stay focused and not take the bottom dwellers for granted. If they do this, they will have no problem securing the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in franchise history.

That said, my prediction is that neither of these teams will make it out of the second round of the playoffs. The curse will continue, but if you are still looking to bet on the Presidents’ Trophy winner, the Panthers at -550 are your best bet.

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