Online betting sites named Stanley Cup 2021-22 favourites. Surprisingly, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won 2 last championships in a row, are only the third on the list. Bookmakers are more confident in the Colorado Avalanche, who are the main favourites, and the Vegas Golden Knights, who are named as the second contenders for the championship by odds. However, the probabilities are real close.
The Colorado Avalanche do not look like sure favourites. They dominated the Western Conference and absolutely destroyed St. Louis Blues (4-0) in the first Round of 16, but were beaten by Vegas Golden Knights in the quarter-finals losing 4 fixtures in a row.
Strong side of this team is its individual players’ performance. For instance, Nathan MacKinnon was nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy: he scored 65 points in 48 matches, successfully launched 8 pucks in the net and made 5 assists in 9 playoff games.
Colorado to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in their history are priced with the odds of 6.00 (+500 American; 5/1 Fractional). Chances are around 17%.
The Vegas Golden Knights finished with the same number of points as the Colorado Avalanche and dominated their conference too. The Knights have been close to qualifying for the final, but they lost to the Montreal Canadiens (3-4) in the semis. Overall, the previous season was good for Vegas.
The Vegas Golden Knights to win in the next season of Stanley Cup come with the odds of 7.00 (+600; 6/1), which equals an approximate probability of 14.5%.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, unlike previous teams, had problems in their division and finished third but showed incredible play in the playoffs. They won finals (4-1) and successfully defended their title. Tampa players took first five lines in the playoff top scorers list. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman were sixth and seventh, respectively, on the list of the best players at Stanley Cup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning to win the third title in a row are priced with the odds of 8.00 (+700; 7/1). Chances are around 12.5%.
There are 3 underdogs whose championship too is possible according to the odds on betting sites. The chances are as follows: the Toronto Maple Leafs — 14.00 (+1300; 13/1) and 7% probability, the Carolina Hurricanes — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1) and 6.7% probability, the Boston Bruins — 17.00 (+1600; 16/1) and 6% probability.