The 2021 NHL Season is finally here. On Wednesday, January 13, the thirty plus teams in the National Hockey League hit the ice in their quest for the Stanley Cup. Check out our final preseason professional hockey update where we discuss the favorites and talk about the under the radar teams getting play to hoist the Cup heading into the new season. That said, let’s jump right into action so you can get all set to start betting once more against our NHL odds.
NHL COVID-19 Update – January 12th Edition
2020-2021 NHL Season
- When: January 13, 2021 – TBD 2021
NHL Stanley Cup Odds
- Colorado Avalanche +600
- Tampa Bay Lightning +750
- Vegas Golden Knights +750
- Boston Bruins +1200
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1000
- Philadelphia Flyers +1400
- Washington Capitals +1800
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1600
- Dallas Stars +1700
- St. Louis Blues 1800
- Vancouver Canucks +2400
- Edmonton Oilers +2000
- New York Rangers +1800
- Carolina Hurricanes +1800
- New York Islanders +2200
- Calgary Flames +3000
- Nashville Predators +3500
- Winnipeg Jets +3300
- Arizona Coyotes +5000
- Columbus Blue Jackets +3500
- Florida Panthers +4000
- Minnesota Wild +5000
- New Jersey Devils +6000
- Montreal Canadiens +2000
- San Jose Sharks +5000
- Anaheim Ducks +7000
- Buffalo Sabres +4000
- Chicago Blackhawks +6600
- Los Angeles Kings +7500
- Ottawa Senators +8000
- Detroit Red Wings +12500
Stanley Cup futures handicappers settle on Avs, Lightning, Vegas, and Leafs on eve of 2021 season
Before first puck drops, the Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Vegas Golden Knights will be the only three teams offering odds less than +1000. Among the three teams, Vegas looks like a much better choice than the Lightning.
Tampa will play this season without Nikita Kucherov. One of the Lightning’s stars, Kucherov may have had a shot to play if this were a normal season. Then again, if that were the case, the NHL’s first game would have happened sometime in October.
Vegas had six players amass 46 points or more last season. That alone makes the Golden Knights a favorite to win the Cup. Another reason to like Sin City? The Nevada franchise signed the top free agent during the offseason, Alex Pietrangelo.
In 2020, the Golden Knights averaged 3.15 goals per. They allowed close to 3 goals each match, though. Peitrangelo could help Vegas go from allowing 2.94 goals per to 2.5, or even 2.3. The slight difference in goals allowed could be all the Knights require to get back to the Stanley Cup.
The Colorado Avalanche are legit favorites. Nathan MacKinnon is one of the two best players in hockey. The overall first pick in 2013 put it all together in 2020. Also, the Avs acquired Devon Toews to shore up their defense. Colorado isn’t an overlay at +600 but they’re not an underlay, either.
Montreal, Canucks, Flames and Oilers getting play heading into the new season
Last week, serious dollars landed on four Canadian teams to win the title. The Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Montreal Canadiens all show big odds declines.
Vancouver went from around a +4000 choice to +2800. The Flames went from around +3000 to +2400. The Oilers went from +3000 to +2200. Montreal dived from around +3000 to +2000.
Four teams from each division will make the playoffs. If we write in the Leafs, that leaves Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal having the best chances to grab postseason berths. Once in the playoffs, who knows? Vancouver played great during their run and most believe the Canadiens and Edmonton are better than the Canucks.
In 2020, the NHL had a successful, exciting, Stanley Cup Playoffs. The division realignments will, hopefully, control COVID positives. Hockey is back. So it’s time to smile and watch action on the ice.
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