Florida Panthers left wing Joe Thornton (19) follows a play during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
- The 2021-22 NHL regular season begins on Tuesday, October 12th
- Stanley Cup odds for all 32 NHL teams are available to be wagered on
- Read below for the best NHL value bets to make before puck drop
The 2021-22 NHL season has arrived, and Stanley Cup odds for all 32 teams are available to be wagered on. The Colorado Avalanche are once again the favorites entering the season.
Betting on a longshot before the puck drops can be key to scoring a massive profit at the end of the season. There are a couple teams with great early value in the Stanley Cup odds.
We lay out the odds and tell you two value bets to make before puck drop.
2022 Stanley Cup Odds
|Vegas Golden Knights||+700|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+700|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+900|
|New York Islanders||+1500|
|New York Rangers||+2200|
|St. Louis Blues||+5000|
|New Jersey Devils||+5000|
|San Jose Sharks||+10000|
|Los Angeles Kings||+10000|
|Detroit Red Wings||+15000|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+20000|
Odds as of October 12th, 2021
Panthers Undervalued in NHL Odds
The Florida Panthers are underpriced in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds following an impressive offseason. The team brought in forwards Sam Reinhart and Joe Thornton to compliment an already talented roster. Joel Quenneville’s team will also have a fully healthy Aaron Ekblad to begin the season.
It’s easy to forget the type of season Ekblad was having before a brutal leg injury cut his 2020-21 campaign short. The former Calder Trophy winner was leading the NHL in goals (11) and averaging over 25 minutes of ice time when he suffered the injury in a May contest against Dallas. He’ll provide a huge boost to the team’s power-play and defensive game.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) October 12, 2021
Florida finished second in the Central Division last season and actually had more wins than the first-place Hurricanes. The Panthers boast one of the deepest forward groups in the NHL led by Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. Patric Hornqvist, Sam Bennett and Anthony Duclair don’t receive as much attention, but all played big roles last season.
Two top-end prospects give the Panthers major upside in the NHL odds. Goalie Spencer Knight is an early contender in the Calder odds, while Owen Tippett is primed for a breakout season after impressing in the 2021 NHL Playoffs and 2021-22 NHL preseason. With a roster as balanced as this one, you can’t go wrong betting the Panthers as a Stanley Cup longshot.
- Value Bet: Florida Panthers (+1800)
Winnipeg Jets Due For Breakout Year
The Winnipeg Jets are another you want to target at a longshot price in the Stanley Cup odds. The Jets boast one of the most lethal top-six offenses in the NHL and have the goalie who is favored in the Vezina Trophy odds. They also made some nice offseason additions to a shaky blueline that has been their downfall in the past.
Winnipeg acquired Nate Schmidt and Brenden Dillon through trades this season, while youngsters Logan Stanley and Ville Heinola are primed to make an impact. With Josh Morrissey and Neal Pionk also in the fold, the Jets should be much better defensively in 2021-22. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is among the league leaders in save percentage each season.
“It’s not perfect, it’s never going to be perfect, but the closer I can get to perfect is what I strive for.”
🎥 Connor Hellebuyck speaks with the media about how camp has prepared him for the season, the possibility of facing less shots this season, and more!
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— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 7, 2021
Hellebuyck gives the Jets a chance to win very night, but it’s their offense that make thema true Stanley Cup sleeper. Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers help makeup one of the league’s most dangerous top-six groups. Pierre-Luc Dubois is also part of that equation and could be the x-factor in his first full year with Winnipeg.
When it comes to making NHL predictions, it’s hard to bet against the Avalanche in the Central Division. But Nathan MacKinnon and company have yet to make it out of the second round. When Hellebuyck is your goalie, anything is possible. After sweeping the Oilers last season and making some key offseason moves, the Jets are primed to make noise in 2021-22.
- Value Bet: Winnipeg Jets (+4500)
Brady is a passionate hockey fan and sports writer with over five years of experience specializing in digital media, plus a degree in Broadcast Journalism. His work has been published by outlets such as ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports.