NHL Stanley Cup Futures and Predictions for 2021-22
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NHL Stanley Cup Futures and Predictions for 2021-22

Who is the best Canadian team to win the Cup? What favourite will capture Lord Stanley? What underdog can end the season victorious? Find out in our preseason Stanley Cup winner betting preview.

With free agency and the NHL Draft over, the 2021-22 NHL season is quickly approaching. Most rosters are ready for preseason, so it feels like an appropriate time to look at NHL Stanley Cup futures and make predictions for the 2021-22 season.

Best Bet to Win the 2022 Stanley Cup

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Colorado Avalanche6.00
Tampa Bay Lightning7.31
Vegas Golden Knights8.00
Toronto Maple Leafs12.00
Boston Bruins15.00
Florida Panthers17.00
Edmonton Oilers17.00
Carolina Hurricanes19.00
NY Islanders21.00
NY Rangers25.00
Washington Capitals25.00
Pittsburgh Penguins25.00

Of the favourites to win the 2022 Stanley Cup, the team we are eyeballing is the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche finished as the best team in the National Hockey League last season. However, the strange National Hockey League Playoffs format forced the Avs to play the Vegas Golden Knights (the second-best team in the league) in the second round.

With the league returning to normalcy in 2021-22, Colorado will not need to deal with the strange formatting this season.

The Avalanche offseason was all about keeping their strong core together. The team re-signed Gabriel Landeskog (52 points in 52 games) and Cale Makar (the Norris Trophy runner-up in his sophomore season). The team also has one of the best players in the world Nathan MacKinnon and an elite scorer in Mikko Rantanen.

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The team acquired a new goaltender in the offseason – Darcy Kuemper. While their goaltender last year – Phillip Grubauer – was a Vezina finalist last season, you can argue Darcy Kuemper is a better player. Over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons – Kuemper averaged a 2.29 GAA and a .926 save percentage on a mediocre Arizona team. Grubauer made finished a season with the Av with a save percentage better than .922.

As long as they are healthy for the 2021-22 campaign, the Avalanche are the best team in the league and our pick to win the Cup.

Colorado Avalanche To Win the 2022 Stanley Cup
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Best Canadian Team to Bet will Win the Stanley Cup

Although the Montreal Canadiens surprised many with their improbable run in 2021, the Canadian Stanley Cup drought continues. Of the seven Canadian clubs, the best bet to end the drought in 2022 is the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets made some smart moves in the offseason. In separate trades, they acquired defensemen Brendon Dillon and Nate Schmidt and re-signed veteran forward Paul Stastny (29 points in 56 games).

Many of the Jets’ best players are on the right side of 30. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers (both 24 last year) combined for 106 points last season. Their best player – Mark Scheifele – enjoyed his fifth consecutive season averaging at least one point per game.

The Jets also have one of the best – and biggest workhorse – goaltenders in the game Connor Hellebuyck. Hellebuyck finished fourth in the Vezina voting in 2021 (after winning the award in 2020). He led the NHL in games played three of the last four seasons. Over that span, he sports a .919 save percentage and 2.60 GAA with 18 shutouts. His career playoff stats are even better at .921 and 2.46 in 35 games.

Overall, the Jets are deep and talented. The moves they made add good depth on the blueline, while many of their best players are young and getting better. If you want to back a Canadian team, we suggest you bet on the Jets.

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Some may argue (and I will agree in some sense) that the Toronto Maple Leafs are the most talented Canadian team. However, we have to fade them going into the season until the group wins at least a playoff series (I mean, the bloody Canucks have three).

Underdog with a Shot at Capturing Lord Stanley in 2022

Of the last three years, only three times fit the preseason mould of small to moderate underdog to win the Stanley Cup – the 2019 St. Louis Blues (31.00), the 2012 Los Angeles Kings (17.00), and the 2011 Boston Bruins (17.00). Of all the teams in that range, the best bet is the New York Islanders.

The Islanders are coming off consecutive Conference Finals appearances (we will call last year’s semi-finals the Conference Finals). They ran into the Lightning both times but played them as well as any team the previous two postseasons.

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The Islanders had a quiet offseason – keeping together the core with 24 postseasons wins the last two seasons (including the qualifying round from 2020). The group ranked second in goals allowed last season at 2.23 per game and tenth in goal differential at +27.

While the Islanders’ offence was slightly below average during the regular season (156 goals, league-average 162 goals), three of their top goal scorers were 23 or younger last season. One of those players is Mathew Barzal. Barzal is one of the best players in the league, 25 or younger (eight to 15 range). He is a superb playmaker and defensive forward.

If he gets better this season, captain Anders Lee comes back healthy (lead the club in goals per game at 0.444), and one of the other young guys becomes a consistent scorer (Anthony Beauvillier or Oliver Wahlstrom), this team can win the Cup.   

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