With the 2020-21 NHL regular season almost complete and the 2021 playoffs set to get underway in just over a week on Tuesday, May 11, it’s time to take a look at the latest NHL Odds to win it all. To that end, I’ve identified a dozen teams that I believe could hoist this year’s Stanley Cup trophy.
With a whopping 114-game slate of action going down on Monday night, let’s get to it so you can keep planning your bets against their Stanley Cup odds.
NHL Betting Update – 2021 Stanley Cup Odds
Odds to Win 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Championship
- Colorado Avalanche +380
- Vegas Golden Knights +470
- Tampa Bay Lightning +650
- Carolina Hurricanes +600
- Toronto Maple Leafs +600
Analysis: Colorado (33-12-4) is still the prohibitive favorite, but the Avalanche are now in second place behind an incendiary Golden Knights (36-12-2) team that has won nine of 10 and heads into Monday night with a league-high 36 victories. The Avs are the same +380 pick to win they were a week ago while Vegas has gone from +500 to +470. Colorado is first in scoring (3.5 GPG) and sixth in goals allowed (2.4 GPG). Vegas is fifth in scoring (3.3 GPG) and second in goals allowed (2.2 GPG).
Defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay (35-14-3) has gone from +700 to +650 over the last week. The Lightning have gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 and rank sixth in scoring (3.3 GPG) and seventh in goals allowed (2.5 GPG). Central Division-leading Carolina (34-10-7) doesn’t have a household name superstar leading them, but the Hurricanes rank a stellar fourth in goals allowed (2.4 GPG) and a respectable 11th in scoring (3.2 GPG). Goaltenders Petr Mrazek and Alex Nedeljkovic have both been lights out for the Canes this season. Carolina is now a +600 pick after opening last week at +700
Toronto (33-13-5) is in first place in the North Division standings and have two of the game’s best players in NHL goal scoring leader Auston Matthews (38) and Mitch Marner (46 assists, 4th). As always, the Maple Leafs have a powerful offense that ranks fifth in scoring (3.3 GPG) and a defense that now ranks 10th in goals allowed (2.6 GPG). Toronto is now a +600 pick, down from +750 a week ago.
The Top Contenders
Analysis: Pittsburgh has gone 7-2-1 over its last 10 games to move into first place in the East Division. The Penguins rank a stellar third in scoring (3.4 GPG) and decent 14th in goals allowed (2.8 GPG). Sidney Crosby has a team-high 36 assists and 20 goals while Jake Guentzel has a team-high 22 goals and 31 assists. Washington has gone 6-3-1 over its last 10 games and is three points behind Pittsburgh in the East standings. The Capitals rank a stupendous second in scoring (3.4 GPG), but an uninspiring 20th in goals allowed (2.9 GPG). Pittsburgh is the same +1100 pick they were a week ago while Washington has gone from +1000 to +1100.
It Could Happen
Analysis: The Islanders (31-15-5) have won three straight and six of nine and sit in third place in the East standings, four points behind Pittsburgh. New York has gone 5-4-1 over its last 10 games and ranks a stellar third in goals allowed (2.32GPG), but an uninspiring 20th in scoring (2.7 GPG).
Florida (34-14-5) is in tied with Tampa Bay for second place in the Central Division just two points behind division-leading Carolina. The Panthers rank seventh in scoring (3.3 GPG) and 14th in goals allowed (2.7 GPG).
Boston is in fourth place in the East standings, five points behind Pittsburgh. The Bruins rank a modest 14th in scoring (2.8 GPG) but encouraging fifth in goals allowed (2.4 GPG). Boston has gone a blistering 8-2 over its last 10 games. New York is a +1400 pick after opening last week at +1600. Florida is the same +1700 pick they were a week ago and Boston is still a +1200 pick.