The Stanley Cup is North America’s oldest trophy professional athletes vie for. In addition, it’s the only prize from a major sport that isn’t renewed annually. Aside from being the oldest trophy, every athlete aims to win. It is also one of the best sports to bet on.
So, if you’re betting for the Stanley Cup this year, you should know the best teams to watch out for this year that you might want to bet on to increase your chance of winning. Here is the list of the top 5 teams worth checking out this year.
Boston Bruins (+450)
Those who want to bet on sports should consider placing their money on this team.
The Boston Bruins is the number 1 team in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins ruled the NHL in 2022–2023. Having 83 points, the Bruins are 13 points ahead of the top team in the West, the Dallas Stars, and 7 points ahead of the second-best team in the League, the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Boston Bruins prosper in the NHL this season and are favored to win the championship with an odds of +475 from +2800 in the preseason with 11 teams ahead of them.
The sole factor that might be working against the Bruins is that b Being unbeatable during the regular season doesn’t guarantee victory.
Only two teams in the previous 20 years, the 2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks and the 2003–04 Detroit Red Wings, have won the Stanley Cup and Presidents’ Trophy simultaneously.
Carolina Hurricanes (+650)
Due to their unrivaled firepower at every position, there’s a good chance that the Stanley Cup will go to the Carolina Hurricanes. They have 11 healthy players, with Sebastian Aho leading the way. Although Carolina was defeated by the New York Rangers last season, the Hurricanes have advanced to second place in the league rankings.
However, considering that forward Max Pacioretty will miss the remainder of the season after reinjuring his Achilles not long after recovering from the first injury, Carolina’s offense may once again be a cause for concern.
After he decided to join the Canes in 2021, starting goalkeeper Frederik Andersen’s condition has been up and out. Still, Antti Raanta has served as a fantastic backup and led the team to the second round the previous season. So, there isn’t a reason for concern.
Colorado Avalanche (+650)
This season, the Colorado Avalanche have struggled with significant injury problems, and their luck doesn’t appear to be getting any better.
But worry no more since Colorado is at last beginning to resemble a Cup contender rather than a MASH unit. Because of the time spent on injured reserve by prominent players such as Bowen Byrum, Nathan MacKinnon, Valeri Nichushkin, and Gabriel Landeskog, the Avalanche were out of the postseason games on January 1.
Colorado will be difficult to defeat when fully fit. A favorite for the Norris Trophy winner, Cale Makar and top scorer Mikko Rantanen have both played like MVP contenders. Moreover, Alexandar Georgiev, a first-year goaltender, has provided consistency for the Avalanche.
Toronto Maple Leafs (+800)
Toronto made a significant addition weeks before the trade deadline. The three-time All-Star Ryan O’Reilly was obtained by the Maple Leafs from the Blues last February 17 in exchange for several draft picks, including Toronto’s initial pick this season.
The signing of one of the top two-way players in the NHL and a seasoned playoff competitor caused Toronto’s Stanley Cup odds to drop from +1,000 to +800.
With Ryan O’Reilly, John Tavares, and Auston Matthews anchoring the team’s top three lines, the Leafs suddenly have a depth of centers that no other team can match. The Bruins and Hurricanes, and many others, will be difficult opponents in the postseason.
Tampa Bay Lightning (+1200)
Last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning came extremely close to creating history as champions in 2020 and 2021 and advanced to the Finals last season but lost to Colorado with 4-2 on the scoreboard when the game concluded.
Tampa Bay defeated Toronto in last season’s playoffs and, dominating the East three years in a row, are still in the running. The Boston Bruins lost to Tampa Bay twice in the playoffs, in 2018 and 2020. Thus, the Bruins will likely want no part of a possible second-round series against the Lightning.
After three consecutive Final appearances, you might think that Tampa Bay must be worn out, and the team’s backbone may not be as powerful as it used to be. Yet, this team remains a contender with Andrei Vasilevskiy as the goalie, Victor Hedman watching the blue line, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov directing the offense, and Jon Cooper making the decisions.
Start Betting on the NHL
Now that you know which teams are the best this season, you have a list of where you will put your bet throughout the season. By betting on these teams, you will likely win most of your wager as they are the strongest.