Editor’s note: This article was updated on January 11th, 2023
As the season makes its way to the halfway mark, we take a look at the adjusted Stanley Cup odds and discuss the top teams as of this January 11th writing.
And don’t forget, OddsTrader constantly updates its NHL Power Rankings and is equipped with all the tools to sharpen your handicapping skills, like our proprietary NHL Computer Picks or our injury reports, so you have a better chance at cashing your betting picks.
OddsTrader’s Betting Edge
• “At 32-4-4 after 40 games, the Bruins are on pace to break the single-season points record set by the Montreal Canadiens who posted 132 points over 80 games during the 1976-1977 season.”
• “The loss of Nazem Kadri has taken its toll on the Avs’ scoring punch as they are currently ranked No. 25 in offense as opposed to No. 4 from last year’s squad.”
• “And in a bit of a statistical quirk, the Golden Knights are outside the top 10 in scoring and goals against despite being a division leader.”
• “Will the Leafs be just another pretty pony during the regular season only to turn into a nag the moment the playoffs arrive?”
2023 Stanley Cup Odds
Here you’ll find the NHL odds for each of the teams to win the 2023 Stanley Cup.
|Bruins +550||Flames +1800||Jets +3800||Red Wings +25,000|
|Avalanche +700||Penguins +1800||Capitals +3800||Flyers +50,000|
|Hurricanes +750||Wild +2000||Islanders +4000||Blue Jackets +50,000|
|Knights +900||Rangers +2000||Predators+5500||Ducks +50,000|
|Maple Leafs +1000||Oilers +2200||Blues +9500||Sharks +50,000|
|Lightning +1400||Kings +3200||Sabres +10,000||Canadiens +50,000|
|Devils +1400||Panthers +3200||Canucks +15,000||Blackhawks +50,000|
|Stars +1600||Kraken +3800||Senators +25,000||Coyotes +50,000|
All odds are courtesy of FanDuel , as of January 11th, 2023.
OddsTrader’s Fav 5 Stanley Cup Contenders
Preseason NHL odds to 1/11/23 NHL odds
Boston Bruins (+2800 to +550)
The Bruins were an aging club last season that checked into the playoffs with a 51-26-5 regular season mark and a wild-card date with the Carolina Hurricanes. Boston was bounced in seven games and the championship window appeared to have closed on this veteran team.
Well, a new coach, Jim Montgomery, was hired to replace Bruce Cassidy, who was reportedly reviled by the players, and an old friend in David Krejci was welcomed back to Boston after he departed the previous season to play in his native Czech Republic.
And what was supposed to be one final trip around the sun for an aging team whose captain, Patrice Bergeron, had to be coaxed back into uniform at age 37 for a last bite at the apple, has turned into the league’s most ferocious juggernaut.
At 32-4-4 after 40 games, the Bruins are on pace to break the single-season points record set by the Montreal Canadiens who posted 132 points over 80 games during the 1976-1977 season.
Colorado Avalanche (+450 to +700)
Online sportsbooks are still bullish on the Avalanche despite Colorado’s pedestrian record (20-16-3) and their sixth-place standing in the Central Division. The loss of Nazem Kadri has taken its toll on the Avs’ scoring punch as they are currently ranked No. 25 in offense as opposed to No. 4 from last year’s squad.
Nevertheless, Colorado has all the tools in place to get back on track and defend their Stanley Cup championship from last season. However, the Avs no longer have Darcy Kuemper patrolling the crease and that has had a deleterious effect on the team’s defense which is now ranked 13th in the league.
Although the Avalanche are no longer the shoo-ins many thought they would be to be a Stanley Cup finalist, the oddsmakers remain undeterred as bettors are still backing the Avs to bring back the Cup to Mile High.
Carolina Hurricanes (+1000 to +750)
Trailing only the Boston Bruins in points, the Hurricanes sit atop the Metropolitan Division, and its core revolves around sound defense and a stingy platoon of goalies in net with 23-year-old Russian Pyotr Kochetkov and 33-year-old veteran Antti Raanta tending the twine. You may recall that Carolina’s tandem of Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta won the Jennings Trophy last season.
However, Carolina has hit a rough patch after winning 11 straight, and 15 of 16, as the Canes are in the midst of a four-game losing skid. But every team has its peaks and valleys throughout the long grind that is the NHL season. The Hurricanes will likely get back on track and are still very much a favorite to take home the hardware when it is all said and done.
Vegas Golden Knights (+1900 to +900)
The NHL odds on the Golden Knights have tumbled since the preseason and it’s not surprising as Vegas is perched atop the Pacific Division with the LA Kings in hot pursuit. And in a bit of a statistical quirk, the Knights are outside the top 10 in scoring and goals against despite being a division leader.
It was believed before the season began that the Knights would have an issue between the pipes with Robin Lehner out for the season due to hip surgery and young Logan Thompson taking the reins. Well, Thompson has been a standout, and the team’s depth with Jack Eichel, Chandler Stephenson, and William Karlsson centering the top three lines has been a boon to this squad.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+1000 to +1000)
We will repeat a line we used in the preseason edition of OddsTrader’s Stanley Cup Odds Update. What do the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Titanic have in common? They both look good until they hit the ice. Ba-da-boom!
And here they are again, looking flashy and sassy in the regular season only waiting to crush the souls of their fans and fleece their backers from their bankrolls by being ousted for the seventh consecutive year from the first round of the playoffs. No, not the playoffs themselves, the first round of the playoffs!
David Kampf and Calle Jarnkrok and 39-year-old veteran Mark Giordano have been Toronto’s unsung heroes while Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews steal the spotlight. Will the Leafs be just another pretty pony during the regular season only to turn into a nag the moment the playoffs arrive? We shall wait and see.
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