Here is an NHL 2022 Stanley Cup futures update.
– There has been some movement in the NHL 2022 Stanley Cup futures market.
– Pay attention to these trends when betting NHL 2022 Stanley Cup futures.
NHL 2022 Stanley Cup Futures Update
With the new NHL season a little over a month old, there has been some movement in the NHL 2022 Stanley Cup futures. The oddsmakers still predict that the Colorado Avalanche have the highest chance of winning consecutive Stanley Cups.
What has been somewhat of a surprise for some is the Boston Bruins. Boston has climbed into the No. 2 spot on the futures odds board.
All 32 teams will continue to compete for the NHL’s most prized trophy, Lord Stanley’s Cup. Colorado finally broke through last year to claim the cup after starting the season as the overall betting favorite. Can they do it again?
Here’s a look at the current NHL 2022 Stanley Cup futures race.
Oddsmakers continue to believe in the Avalanche. Colorado is currently a +450 favorite to repeat as NHL champs. Last season was the franchise’s first title since 2001. Colorado finished with the best record in the Western Conference and, for the most part, dominated its competition.
With a lackluster 8-5-1 record thus far this season, Colorado hasn't exactly looked unbeatable. But that's probably the standard "Stanley Cup hangover," and it's obvious that books aren't buying it. Colorado will have little trouble qualifying for the postseason at the end of the regular season and making another run.
Keep in mind, the Avs are still loaded with talent despite losing some key players in the offseason. Mikko Rantanen has 11 goals already this season and leads the team with 25 points. Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and 24 points. Cale Makar (18 pts) is back after winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman last season.
Before a loss to St. Louis, the Avs went on a four-game winning streak. That streak is a good indication that Colorado can leave its early-season mediocrity behind.
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Boston won 14 of its first 16 games of the new season and owns the best record in hockey. The Bruins are now No. 2 on the odds board at +700 at hockey sportsbooks.
The Bruins' odds have dropped from +900 to +700 as a result of their strong start, and it appears that they have what it takes to make another Stanley Cup run. With 25 points thus far, David Pastrnak has excelled offensively Boston. He is tied for third in the league in points.
Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron give the Bruins the offensive talent to make a Cup possible. Goalie Linus Ullmark is 11-1 with a 1.96 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.
Oddsmakers aren’t buying into it just yet, but the New Jersey Devils are on one. The Devils own the second-best record in the NHL (13-3) and have a streak of 10 wins in a row. With 26 points, New Jersey is tied with Vegas for the second-most behind Boston.
In the NHL 2022 Stanley Cup futures race, the Devils are still a longshot at +2200, but they have come a long way since opening at +7500.
Goalie Vitek Vanicek is 7-1 and leads three capable Devils netminders. Jack Hughes (18 pts) is second on the team behind Jesper Bratt (21 pts) to lead the offense.
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Carolina has started the new season strong. The Hurricanes were third on the betting board when the NHL Stanley Cup futures market opened. They remain in the same position though their odds have dropped from +1400 to their current +800.
The Hurricanes are 10-5-1 after 16 games and just three points out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. Carolina has been a contender for the past few seasons.
The same goes for Vegas, which is also listed at +800. The Golden Knights have faced their fair share of adversity after losing Robin Lehner for the season. They have responded with a 13-3 record in their first 16 games of the season.
Vegas leads the Pacific Division and has a solid core of players that has led them into the postseason in each year of the franchise’s short history. The Knights have a nine-game winning streak to their credit already this season and with players like leading scorer Jack Eichel (10 goals, 20 points) Vegas has what it takes to get back to the Stanley Cup finals.
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Before placing a bet in the NHL Stanley Cup futures market, you might want to take into account the following trends.
Worried about repeat winners? It’s actually more common than you might think in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins have each successfully defended their Cup once since 2010.
Teams at the top of the betting board usually start each season strong and then go on to win a Stanley Cup. Since 2010, only four teams with preseason odds of +1000 or higher have won the Cup.
If you’re thinking one conference has been dominating the other in the Stanley Cup, think again. Over the past ten seasons, the Eastern and Western Conferences have won five Stanley Cups each.
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