With the 2020-21 NHL season moving further into the month of February, let’s take a look at the value-packed NHL futures odds to win the 2021 Stanley Cup trophy. That said, let’s jump right into action so you can continue planning your bets against their Stanley Cup odds.
NHL Betting | Updated 2021 Stanley Cup Odds
Will the Colorado Avalanche live up to their status as prohibitive favorites to win the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup championship?
Could the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning repeat after winning it all last season?
Could the Avs and Lightning both get beat out for this season’s Stanley Cup trophy by another elite title contender like Vegas, Toronto or Montreal?
Let’s find out and try to answer those questions for you.
Too Legit To Quit
These teams represent the very best title contenders in the league right now.
- Colorado +700
The prohibitive favorites (7-3-1) are ranked an encouraging ninth in scoring (35 gpg) while routinely locking down the opposition by ranking a stellar third in goals allowed (2.2 gpg).
- Tampa Bay +700
The Lightning (6-1-1) are unbeaten at home this season (5-0-0). Centers, Steven Stamkos (4 goals, 10 points) and Brayden Point (4 goals, 9 points) and defenseman Victor Hedman (3 goals, 10 points) are as good as it gets at their respective positions while Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde are stars in their own rights.
- Vegas +800
After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, Vegas (5-1-1) has the look of an extremely legitimate title contender. Max Pacioretty has six goals while Mark Stone has dished out a whopping nine assists. My guy, net-minder, Marc-Andre Fleury (1.00 GAA) has been lights in in going 3-0 this season.
- Toronto +900
The Maple Leafs (8-2-1) are getting a fantastic campaign out of winger Mitch Marner (6 goals, 17 points) and superstar center Auston Matthews (8 goals, 12 points). Net-minder Frederik Andersen (3.01 GAA) has been okay while backup Jack Campbell (2.00 GAA) has been even better.
- Montreal +1000
The Canadiens (7-2-2) rank a stupendous first in scoring (4.4 gpg) and an encouraging 11th in goals allowed (2.6 gpg). Right-winger Tyler Toffoli leads the NHL in goals scored (9). Defenseman Jeff Petry (13 points) and center Nick Suzuki (11 points) are playing at a high level for a Montreal team that looks dangerous with a capital D.
- Boston +1100
The Bruins (7-1-2) are unbeaten at home (4-0-0). To make matters worse for their opponents, Boston has gotten out of the gate quickly despite the fact that reigning MVP winner David Pastrnak has only played in three games following offseason hip surgery.
- Philadelphia +1400
The explosive Flyers (7-2-2) can score with almost any team in the league, but defense has been a big problem so far this season. Hell, Philly gave up a goal to MVP David Pastrnak in just 12 seconds of their 4-3 mid-week overtime loss against Boston on Wednesday.
- Dallas +1600
The Stars (5-2-1) have been outstanding at both ends of the ice in ranking second in scoring (4.1 gpg) and fifth in goals allowed (2.3 gpg) one year after making a surprising run to last season’s Stanley Cup Finals. 36-year-old center Joe Pavelski (15 points) looks like a player a decade younger.
- St. Louis +1600
The Blues (7-3-1) are putting up 3.1 goals per game to rank 10th in scoring, but St. Louis needs to pick up its play at the defensive end of the ice (3.2 gpg, 23rd). Starting net-minder Jordan Binnington (2.63 GAA) has been solid, but backup Ville Husso (4.40 GAA), has been abysmal.
Knocking On Heaven’s Door!
These teams are knocking on the door of elite status.
- Carolina +1200
The Hurricanes (6-2-0) are ranked sixth in goals allowed (2.4 gpg) and a decent 15th in scoring (3.0 gpg).
- Washington +1300
As usual, Washington (6-2-3) is consistently lighting the lamp in ranking third in scoring (3.7 gpg). Of course, the Caps’ defense leaves a lot to be desired defensively (3.2 gpg, 24th), again, as usual.
It Could Happen!
These two teams are dark horses, if not necessarily long shots.
- Winnipeg +1800
The Jets (7-3-1) are putting up a healthy 3.5 goals per game to rank sixth in scoring. Unfortunately, Winnipeg is also ranked a modest 16th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg), but as it says above, I don’t think the Jets are out of challenging to make a deep playoff run.
- Florida +1800
The Panthers (5-0-2) have one loss at home (2-0-1) and one loss on the road (3-0-1). Florida ranks a mediocre 19th in goals allowed (3.0 gpg), but a stellar third in scoring (3.7 gpg).
- Edmonton +2800
I’m absolutely sick and tired of watching the perennially-underachieving Oilers (6-6-0). Edmonton has two of the very best players in all of hockey in 2017 league MVP Connor McDavid and reigning Hart Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl, yet this team rarely wins a playoff series, let alone, makes a deep run in the playoffs.
Not The Apple Of My Eye!
The Rangers and Islanders might play in the Big Apple, but right now, neither team is the apple of anyone’s eye.
- NY Rangers +3500
The Rangers (4-4-2) are averaging and allowing an identical 2.8 goals per game to rank 19th in scoring and 15th in goals allowed.
Starting goalie Igor Shesterkin (3-2) has a decent 2.35 goals against average while backup Alexander Georgiev (1-3) has a high, 3.27 GAA.
- NY Islanders +4000
I liked the Islanders (3-4-2) as a dark horse contender coming into this season after their stupendous run to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but New York is struggling mightily to put points on the board in ranking a dismal 29th in scoring (2.1 gpg). The good news is that the Isles rank a solid 13th in goals allowed (2.7 gpg). If the Islanders can pick up the pace offensively, I believe they could challenge for fourth place in the loaded East division.
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