The Stanley Cup Playoffs start on May 2. There are 16 available spots in the playoffs, and 18 teams still in the running.
The Eastern Conference is locked in as all 8 teams that will represent the conference have clinched a birth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Western Conference is a different story.
Only 5 teams out of 8 have clinched a spot in the Western Conference. The final spots will be clinched within the next week as the regular season comes to a close.
The last 3 positions consist of the 3rd seed in the Pacific Division, and the 2 Wild Card spots that will be filled by the teams with the most points between the outsiders from the Central and Pacific Divisions.
Stanley Cup Champion Betting Odds (as of Monday, April 25, 2022)
Odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook.
Stanley Cup Odds – Eastern Conference
- Florida Panthers (+550)
- Tampa Bay Lightning (+1000)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (+1100)
- Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
- Boston Bruins (+1600)
- New York Rangers (+1600)
- Pittsburgh Penguins (+1800)
- Washington Capitals (+2500)
Stanley Cup Odds – Western Conference
- Colorado Avalanche (+320)
- Calgary Flames (+900)
- Minnesota Wild (+1600)
- St. Louis Blues (+2000)
- Edmonton Oilers (+2500)
- Nashville Predators (+3000)
- Vegas Golden Knights (+3900)
- Dallas Stars (+5000)
- Los Angeles Kings (+5000)
- Vancouver Canucks (+50000)
2022 Stanley Cup Favorites – Eastern Conference
Florida Panthers (+550)
The Panthers have been on a hot streak winning 13 of their last 14 games. They currently hold the best record in the NHL and are in the driver’s seat to win the President’s Trophy at the end of the regular season.
Florida has not been successful in winning a playoff series since 1996. They have only made the playoffs 4 out of the last 10 seasons, failing to advance out of the first round each time.
Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points and has not missed a game this season. Leading scorer Aleksander Barkov has found the back of the net 39 times in just 66 games played this season.
On top of the offensive firepower that Florida has found, the goaltending has been phenomenal. Starter sergei Bobrovsky has posted a 39-6-3 record with a goals against average sitting at 2.66.
If everyone can stay healthy, this is the best chance the Panthers have had to advance in the playoffs and break their 26 year drought.
Tampa Bay Lightning (+1000)
The Lightning are trying to become the first team to win 3 straight Stanley Cup Championships since the New York Islanders did it 4 straight years from 1980-1983.
They have won three straight games in which they competition had no chance. Tampa Bay defeated the Maple Leafs, Predators, and Panthers by a combined score of 22-7. They are on an offensive tear and no one has had an answer for the onslaught this week.
For a team that has won the championship the past two seasons, and is consistently putting up big numbers, the line is favorable at +1000. As we approach the end of the regular season I would expect this number to drop a bit. Especially if they draw the Maple Leafs in Round 1.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+1100)
Fans have been asking the same question for years. “When will the Leafs finally raise the Cup again?” It has been 55 years since Toronto had the honor of bringing the Stanley Cup north of the border, but this season may be different.
Leading goal scorer Auston Matthews has been healthy and productive in recent weeks. He is approaching the 60 goal plateau and could eclipse 50 assists as well.
The team currently sits 2nd in the Atlantic division. If the season ended today they would have a date with the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. This is their likeliest matchup in Round 1 and it will not be an easy test.
They recently fell to the Lightning on the road by a score of 8-1. With the way the Lightning have been playing, and a 55 year streak to break the Maple Leafs sit comfortably, in my opinion, at +1100.
2022 Stanley Cup Favorites – Western Conference
Colorado Avalanche (+320)
The Avalanche have the shortest odds to win the Stanley Cup this season at +320. Since the beginning of the season, they have shown us an offense that can score many goals, and a defense that the competition can’t seem to figure out.
Colorado holds the best record in the Western Conference at 55-18-6. They have also clinched home ice advantage in the conference.
With three different 30 goal scorers, the Avalanche are moving the puck well and giving themselves a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs. However, this past week has not been kind to the team.
They have dropped 4 straight games and have been without leading goal scorer Mikko Rantanen due to illness. Also, another critical piece to the offensive puzzle, Gabriel Landeskog, has been nursing a knee injury this season and remains out late in the year.
Once the team is healthy and back to their winning ways, there is no telling how far they could go. As the best in the conference, I expect them to make a deep run in the playoffs. and possibly even raise the Stanley Cup at the end of it all.
Calgary Flames (+900)
The Flames have clinched the Pacific Division and hold a record of 49-20-10. This is just the 3rd time in the past 27 years that Calgary has won their division.
They have been consistent from the start of thee season. One of the main reasons for that is their defense. They are 3rd in the league in goals allowed at 2.48 and 5th in the penalty kill at 84%.
Their offense isn’t one to look over either. They rank in the top 10 in goals, shots on goal, and power play percentage. They are getting scoring opportunities a lot easier than last season due to lack of injury and production from star players.
Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and Elias Lindholm are leading the offensive attack. Gaudreau is one goal shy of 40 on the season, which would give Calgary three. 40 goal scorers on the season.
As a consistent and balanced team, the Flames are poised to make a run at their second Stanley Cup Title in franchise history, and the first since 1989.
Minnesota Wild (+1600)
The Wild have surprised many this year as they have positioned themselves in second place of the Central Division. With the division sending up to 5 teams into the big dance, this is no small feat.
They have posted an outstanding record at home, winning 29 times in just 38 tries. The Wild are also on a 5 game winning streak entering the final week of the regular season.
With the mid-season acquisition of goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, the team is only seeming to get stronger. He has given them depth in goal, which was a struggle midway through the season.
The Wild held an underdog status most of the way through the regular season. However, with 3 games to go and a record sitting at 51-21-7, they have more than proven themselves capable of making a run.
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