The NHL Regular Season starts in just three weeks now so let’s continue looking at the various Futures markets for the now 32 teams in the league, continuing with the exact Stanley Cup Finals Matchups odds from the Futures book online at SportsBetting.ag.
Selecting exact Stanley Cup Final matchup odds:
Lightning-Golden Knights +1800
Maple Leafs-Avalanche +2200
Maple Leafs-Golden Knights +2800
Bruins-Golden Knights +3300
Panthers-Golden Knights +4000
Islanders-Golden Knights +4500
Hurricanes-Golden Knights +5000
Penguins-Golden Knights +5000
Rangers-Golden Knights +5500
Capitals-Golden Knights +6000
Flyers-Golden Knights +7000
Maple Leafs-Oilers +9000
Maple Leafs-Wild +9000
Canadiens-Golden Knights +10000
Maple Leafs-Stars +10000
Maple Leafs-Blues +10000
Maple Leafs, Oilers, Canadiens Looking to End Canadian Drought
No team from the hockey proud country Canada won the Stanley Cup since 1993 when the Montréal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-1 in the last ever series played in the Montréal Forum and last Finals appearance for Wayne Gretzky.
In 1988, Edmonton (25/1 to win Stanley Cup, SportsBetting.ag) traded Wayne Gretzky to the Kings (66/1 to win Stanley Cup) in a surprising five-player deal.
Little did Canada know that at least almost 30 years would be passing before La Coupe Stanley would be returning to the Great White North.
Three years earlier in 1990, Mark Messier and the Oilers won their fifth overall NHL championship and fourth in five years, beating the Boston Bruins in five games in Canada’s last title from a Western Conference side.
Edmonton’s appearance in 1990 marked the eighth straight time that a team from the Canadian province of Alberta appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals, with the Oilers (6) and Calgary Flames (2) winning Canada six Cups in those eight Finals.
The two Finals losses for Alberta over that span? In 1983 when the Islanders sweeping Grektky and the Oilers, and in 1986 when those Canadian Canadiens from the province of Quebec beat Calgary, 4-1.
From 1944 to 1993, Canadian teams won 35 of the 50 Stanley Cup Finals played, with the Canadiens winning a remarkable 20 times, the Toronto Maple Leafs 10 times and the Oilers winning 5.
Last 30 Stanley Cup Winners
2021—Tampa Bay Lightning
2020—Tampa Bay Lightning
2019—St. Louis Blues
2014—Los Angeles Kings
2012—Los Angeles Kings
2008—Detroit Red Wings
2007—Anaheim Mighty Ducks
2005—Season canceled (Lockout)
2004—Tampa Bay Lightning
2003—New Jersey Devils
2002—Detroit Red Wings
2000—New Jersey Devils
1998—Detroit Red Wings
1995—New Jersey Devils
1994—New York Rangers
1993— Montréal Canadiens
So does Canada have a team with a chance for the coming 2020-21 NHL season?
Last year the Canadiens (45/1 to win Stanley Cup) made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals—thanks in great part to a temporary Pandemic conference realignment—but Les Habs were beaten by the Lightning in five games.
Getting there again this time will be much harder for the Canadiens (25/1 to win Eastern Conference) who played in the all-Canadian Scotia North Division last year because of travel restrictions and the US-Canadian border.
The Canadiens (25/1 to win Stanley Cup) have won the Stanley Cup more than anyone, snagging 24 championships.
Montréal lost free agents Tomáš Tatar (30 points), Philip Danalaut (24 points) and Corey Perry (21 points), and 18-year-veteran Eric Staal is still an unrestricted Free Agent, and like all of us, also facing Father Time. Staal is 36 and turns 37 on Oct. 29.
Also, Canadiens captain and top Defenseman Shea Weber still has his foot-ankle injury issues and will likely miss the season and the 36-year-old may also be done for his career. Time waits for no one.
“It will be impossible to replace Shea Weber, what he brings to our team on and off the ice,” said Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin. “We’ll try our best, but I know deep down that you can never replace Shea Weber.”
An all-Canadian Canadiens-Oilers Stanley Cup Finals matchup is currently priced at 300/1, while the odds on a Maple-Leafs Oilers championship series is at 90/1.
Two of the NHL’s Original Six, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will meet in their opener at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, Oct. 15 (10 pm ET/7 pm PT; Maple Leafs -182, Canadiens +164, 5½ Over -125, SportsBetting.ag)
Last year in North Division play, Toronto went 7-3 versus Montréal (4-1 in Toronto), outscoring the team that made the Stanley Cup Finals, 33-24, so laying the lumber with Leafs at the betting window in that opening game is recommended.
The puck drops on the 2021 NHL Preseason in just two days on Saturday (Sept. 25).
Longest Odds for 2022 Stanley Cup Finals Matchups
There are 11 matchups priced at 400/1 or higher and the usual ratty suspects comprise that entire list. At 400/1 a Sabres-Sharks, a Blue Jackets-Sharks or Red Wings Sharks bet can be made if you hate money.
At 500/1 we see Sabres-Ducks, Sabres-Coyotes, Blue Jackets-Ducks, Blue Jackets-Coyotes, Red Wings-Ducks, Red Wings-Coyotes, Senators-Ducks and Senators-Coyotes, so fading the Ducks and Sabres every time they play seems wise.
And logic dictates that a matchup that teams who actually made the Postseason last year and don’t have any serious injury concerns right now would be wise picks.
Many perceived contenders do have serious injury issues heading into the new season including the aforementioned Canadiens with Weber and the Maple Leafs with their star Auston Matthews.
On Wednesday on the opening day of Training Camp, the Maple Leafs had Matthews (8/1 Who Will be First Scorer To 100 Points?, BetUS) on their Injured Reserve list GM Kyle Dubas told the media.But Dubas does expect Matthews to now be ready for Opening Night against the Canadiens but John Tavares (Concussion) is also banged up for Toronto.
“He won’t be a full participant in camp off the start,” Dubas said. “He’s back skating. He’ll come out of the splint. We expect him to be ready [Game 1].”
Kyle Dubas on Auston Matthews (wrist): "He won't be a full participant in camp off the start. He's back skating. He'll come out of the splint. We expect him to be ready [Game 1]."
Also dealing with injuries to key stars are the Capitals, Penguins and the Bruins.
For Washington (28/1 to win Stanley Cup), living legend Alexander Ovechkin has had an undisclosed injury, but the soon-to-be (Sept. 17) 36-year-old is training and took a photo with Washington-Liberty’s high school football team on Tuesday.
Alexander the Great will enter the 2021-22 NHL Regular Season just 164 goals behind all-time leader Gretzky and recently signed a five-year contract to stay in DC with the Capitals.
“You never know. I’m going to try my best,” Ovechkin said after re-signing. “That’s why I want to play five more years. If I have a chance to catch The Great One, why not? If I’m going to be second, that’s a pretty good number as well.”
Odds for Ovechkin and his chase for the record—Will Ovechkin Break Gretzky’s All-Time Goal Record? No -300, Yes +200, BetOnline)—are available at some major online sportsbooks.
Pittsburgh (20/1 to win Stanley Cup) has injuries to its two big stars, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and any Penguins Futures bets must be looked at through the prism of potential Crosby-Malkin injuries.
Crosby (16/1 Who Will be First Scorer To 100 Points?) is expected to be out six weeks after having wrist surgery, so GM Ron Hextall will need guys like Jeff Carter and Teddy Blueger to step up as they wait to get Sid the Kid back on the ice.
“This is not a new injury for Sid. It is something that he has played through for years,” Hextall said. “After exhausting all minimally-invasive options and much discussion, it was decided that surgery was in his best interest.”
Teammate Malkin is also out after he underwent successful Knee surgery in June so the Penguins will have to start off without their best two players making Futures and game bets a different reality.
“We’re not going to replace Sid and Geno, obviously, so we need different guys to step up on any given night,” Pittsburgh GM Ron Hextall said. “I think we’ve got some guys from within that we’re excited about.”
The Bruins (14/1 to win Stanley Cup) also have an injury concern with Goalie Tuukka Rask (Torn Labrum, right Hip) out after surgery in July and the 34-year-old Rask (15-5-2, 2.28 GAA) may be out for some time.
Some Sexy Non-Lightning-Avalanche SC Matchups Worth a Look
Having already picked the Lightning to win the Eastern Conference and threepeat and the Avs to win the Western Conference, I think a chalky Lightning-Avalanche wager at 15/1 makes sense at this point in time as the price may never be better.
But here are three other matchups worth a look at. An Avalanche-Bruins Stanley Cup Finals is priced at 25/1 and with “The Perfection Line” in Beantown and Colorado mad it was ousted by VGK after taking a 2-0 series lead, lock it in.
An Islanders-Golden Knights Stanley Cup Finals is priced at 45/1 and with New York—the Islanders original drafted him—adding 44-year-old Zdeno Chara, they may be able to make a run at the Lightning, Bruins and other beasts in the East.
And with VGK mad about losing to the Canadiens in the Semifinals and loaded with scoring talent, solid defense and an expecting fan base seeking its first-ever Stanley Cup, this Exact Stanley Cup Finals matchup bet could be a fun ticket to ride.
Another Exact Stanley Cup Finals longshot matchup work consideration is Panthers-Kraken at 170/1. Florida (18/1 to win Stanley Cup) may be a good dark horse with two-time Vezina Trophy winner G Sergei Bobrovsky (19-8-2, 2.91 GAA).
And G Chris Driedger (17-3-2, 215 GAA) played for the Panthers last season but was taken by the Kraken (18/1 to win Stanley Cup) in the Expansion Draft in July and signed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.
With Philipp Grubauer (30-9-1, 1.95 GAA) and Driedger, Seattle Head Coach Dave Hakstol has two pretty decent Goalies in the Emerald City.
Unable to come to terms with the Avalanche, the Kraken signed unrestricted free agent Grubauer to a six-year, $35.4 million contract in July.
2020-2021 NHL Exact Stanley Cup Finals Matchup Futures Pick
Tampa Bay Lightning-Colorado Avalance 15/1
Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. ...
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