Ice hockey fans can now whet their appetite for the new NHL season as the 2021-22 preseason got underway on 25 September with Colorado Avalanche still the clear favorites at +450 with the Bovada Sportsbook.
Going into the NHL preseason, the Avs were still the Stanley Cup favourites but both the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs have attracted some interest and have seen their odds improve over the summer.
These two clubs are gaining attracting some market support in the Stanley Cup odds for 2022. Since the NHL Draft, the Panthers have been trimmed from +2500 to +2000, while the Leafs have improved from +1400 to +1000.
The regular season will begin on Tuesday, 12 October.
The regular season opening game on October 12 will see the current champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. The live odds for this game are as follows.
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Stanley Cup Odds
Here are the latest Stanley Cup Odds for all 32 NHL teams …
Stanley Cup Odds Movements
The Florida Panthers had a strong offseason and are proving to be a popular Stanley Cup pick. Florida has gained forwards Sam Reinhart and Joe Thornton, as well as Aaron Ekblad, who is back to full strength.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are always an appealing Stanley Cup bet with the star power of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. The Maple Leafs have also added Nick Ritchie to help replace Zach Hyman.
By contrast, following a turbulent offseason and the departure of Dougie Hamilton, a blueliner, and Alex Nedeljkovic, a Calder finalist, the Carolina Hurricanes‘ odds have dropped from +1200 to +2500.
Rangers Offers Value at +2000
One team to keep an eye on this season is the New York Rangers. After starting at odds of +2500, the team has slowly improved its odds. They are now trading at +2200 with the offshore sportsbook Bovada. The Rangers’ look to be a interesting dark horse and they may do well in a Metropolitan Division that looks wide open and lacks a clear favorite.
The Rangers have Adam Fox, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko, as well as Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, two outstanding forwards. It seems only a matter of time before this club becomes a Stanley Cup contender. The Rangers haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2017.
NHL Player Awards Odds
Now is a good time to place any bets on the various NHL player awards such as the Hart Trophy and the Calder Trophy.
* All NHL odds are subject to change (obviously!)