With the NHL Preseason beginning this weekend, there is no better time than now than to do some Hockey homework and place some futures bets with the Regular Season just three weeks away as yet another strange Summer sets on the horizon.
Let’s take a look at the futures odds for the 2022 Stanley Cup winner from SportsBetting.ag.
Odds to win Stanley Cup:
Colorado Avalanche +550
Tampa Bay Lightning +625
Vegas Golden Knights +750
Toronto Maple Leafs +1200
Boston Bruins +1400
New York Islanders +1600
Florida Panthers +1800
New York Rangers +1800
Pittsburgh Penguins +2000
Dallas Stars +2000
Carolina Hurricanes +2500
Edmonton Oilers +2500
Minnesota Wild +2500
Washington Capitals +2800
Philadelphia Flyers +3300
Seattle Kraken +3300
Louis Blues +3300
Winnipeg Jets +3500
Chicago Blackhawks +4500
Montréal Canadiens +4500
Calgary Flames +5000
New Jersey Devils +5000
Vancouver Canucks +6000
Los Angeles Kings +6600
Nashville Predators +6600
San José Sharks +8000
Ottawa Senators +15000
Anaheim Ducks +20000
Arizona Coyotes +20000
Buffalo Sabres +20000
Columbus Blue Jackets +20000
Detroit Red Wings +20000
NHL Preseason Starting Sept. 25, Regular Season on Oct. 12
The puck is set to drop on the 2021 NHL Preseason (Sept. 25-Oct. 9) with 15 days of games as teams prepare for the normal 82-game Regular Season which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 12 with two games.
Over 60 percent of the Preseason schedule will feature intra-division games. The Regular Season will end on April 29.
The NHL returns to its previous alignment with the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference after temporarily realigning for the 2020-21 season because of the pandemic.
The expansion Seattle Kraken (33/1 to win Stanley Cup, SportsBetting.ag) play their first game ever, at a neutral site, on Sunday, Sept. 26 when they face the Canucks in Spokane, Washington at the Spokane Arena (9 pm ET/6 pm PT).
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The game will be one of three in the Preseason for the Kraken (16/1 to win Western Conference), all to be played in the state of Washington with dates with the Oilers in Everett (Oct. 1) and the Flames in Kent the following night (Oct. 2).
So the expansion club’s first three games ever will be against Canadian teams with an Opening Night date at the Vegas Golden Knights (Oct. 12; VGK -247, Kraken +220, 5½u -130) the Kraken’s (8/1 to win Pacific Division) first game that counts.
Seattle Kraken Stanley Cup Futures Odds at Select Sportsbooks (Sept. 21)
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook 50/1 (Opened 100/1)
There are four other neutral-site games in the quickly arriving NHL Preseason.
The Flames and Canucks in Abbotsford, BC (Sept. 27); the Golden Knights and Kings from Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 30); the Blackhawks and Blues from Independence, MO (Oct. 2); and, the Lightning and Panthers in Orlando, FL (Oct. 5).
The 1,312-game Regular Season for the now 32-team league will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 12 with that aforementioned Kraken-Golden Knights game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (ESPN, ESPN+, 10 pm ET/7 pm PT).
The actual first game of the year comes earlier in the night when the two-time defending league champion Lightning host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Tampa (ESPN, ESPN+, 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT; TBL -160, PIT +144, 6 Over -110).
Sixteen of the Now 32 Teams Will Make Stanley Cup Playoffs
In 2018, the NHL, now in its 105th season (104th of play), granted the city of Seattle an expansion franchise and the newest team announced the nickname Kraken (8/1 to win Pacific Division) on July 23, 2020.
On April 30, 2021, Seattle was allowed to start signing players and making trades and on July 21, the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft was held and Seattle drafted one player from every team in the NHL except the Vegas Golden Knights.
With eight teams from each conference qualifying for the Postseason, the three top finishers and two Wild Cards, 16 teams—or half the league—will play in the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With the four Wild Card spots going to the teams with the best Regular Season records—two from each conference—it is possible for one division to send five teams to the Postseason.
In the NHL Eastern Conference and from the Atlantic Division, the Islanders (+325 to win Atlantic Division), Rangers (4/1), Hurricanes (+450), Penguins (+450) and Capitals (6/1) could all end up making the Playoffs.
The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs will commence in early May with the last day of the Regular Season set for April 29 with all 32 clubs in action on the ice.
The NHL decided to end the practice of scheduling homestands with multiple games for teams in the same city playing the same opponent this season.
The 2021 NHL Entry Draft Did the Buffalo Sabres No Favors
The Buffalo Sabres (100/1 to win Eastern Conference, BetUS) finished with the worst record in the NHL last season (15-34-7) and selected University of Michigan phenom Owen Power with the No. 1 pick on July 23.
But Power decided to return to school and the Wolverines for his sophomore season so it seems that Buffalo will be missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for an 11th straight season.
Odds To Be Picked First In Tonight’s 2021 NHL Entry Draft
The Sabres (-61 GD) will face the Maple Leafs at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on March 13 in the Heritage Classic game in what will be a good game to probably back Auston Matthews (+800, Who Will Be First Player To 100 Points? BetUS).
There will be two other scheduled outdoor games this upcoming NHL season.
The Blues will play host to the Wild at Target Field in St. Paul, MN on January 1, 2022 in the Winter Classic and the Predators will welcome the Lightning to Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Feb. 26, 2022, in the Stadium Series.
So Who Should Our Stanley Cup Finals Futures Money Be On?
It seems like only five or six teams have a realistic chanced to get to and possibly win the 2022 Stanley Cup, obviously including the two-time champion Lightning.
In the Western Conference, this budding rivalry between the Avalanche (+225 to win Western Conference) and Golden Knights (+325 to win Western Conference) is a real and evolving thing.
Last season, Colorado and Vegas—who both teams finished tied with the Hurricanes with an NHL-high 82 points—met Second Round of the Playoffs, with the Avs taking a lead in the 2-0 series before losing four in a row to VGK.
Nathan MacKinnon and the Central Division favorite Avalanche are in Sin City on Tuesday, Sept. 28 for a preseason game against the Pacific Division favorite Golden Knights (NHL Network, 10 pm ET/7 pm PT).
The Avalanche (Regular Season Point Total 110½ points, Over/Under -115) saw Goalie Philipp Grubaeur (30-9-1, 1.95 GAA) signed by Seattle in the NHL Expansion Draft, but have to be considered a Stanley Cup Finals contender.
A Lightning-Avalanche Stanley Cup Finals is priced at 15/1 (Sportsbetting.ag) while a Lightning-Golden Knights Stanley Cup Finals is currently at 18/1.
One matchup I really like in that market—which we will preview next in this space—is a Bruins-Avalanche Stanley Cup Finals priced at 25/1. A $5 bet would return a $125 win while $100 would result in a $2,500 payday.
Why Boston? Why not Boston?
The Bruins, re-signed Taylor Hall and have “The Perfection Line” of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand (12/1, Who Will Be First Player To 100 Points?) and David Patrnak (16/1, Who Will Be First Player To 100 Points?) and play defense.
The Golden Knights have to be in the mix as well. VGK went 21-5-2 at Home last season and the Golden Knights had the lowest GAA in the league (2.18) and were No. 1 on the Penalty Kill (86.8%).
So a rematch between Colorado and Vegas seems possible in the Western Conference (To Win Division Double: COL-VGK Both Win +130, DraftKings) with a potential Lightning-Bruins collision maybe happening in the Eastern Conference.
But don’t sleep on four other Eastern teams: the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Panthers, and Hurricanes, who may all surprise. But beating Nikita Kucherov and Vezina Trophy favorite (3/1, SportBetting.ag) Andrei Vasalevskiy (31-10-1) is asking a lot.
2021-21 NHL Stanley Cup Winner –Tampa Bay Lightning (+350)
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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