It has already been a few months since the 2022 NHL season opened, and now the teams’ face-off is intensifying with every game. As we are nearing the NHL playoffs, each team is working hard and doing their best to take home the Stanley Cup this year.
With that being said, punters are also watching their favorite team’s game closely to see whether they have picked the right team to bet on in the NHL finals. So, if you are looking for updated odds for this year’s NHL, check out these top five teams ranked according to their odds.
The top team on the updated list for the 2022 NHL odds is the Colorado Avalanche, with the odds of +450. Colorado has been a slight favorite since the NHL season opened last October. Despite underperforming in their quarterfinal game with the Vegas Golden Knights, they are still the betting favorite amongst punters.
They were the heavy favorite of the ice hockey enthusiasts last year, and it stays that way even after the loss against the Golden Knights. And this season, they come back to the limelight as the top favorite to win the NHL 2022 again.
The team topped the West Division, gathering 82 points, which is the highest total points in the league, and only the Vegas Golden Knights matched that score.
The next on the list is the Tampa Bay Lightning, which currently has +700 odds according to the latest odds updated for the NHL 2022. The Lightning has been known to be the best team playing in the NHL for two years now.
They have won the Stanley Cup in 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. As reigning champions, the Lightning comes in second place in the top five odds for the NHL.
Their performance against the Montreal Canadiens at last season’s finale was hugely convincing. The team also defeated the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes before that amazing win.
However, the Tampa Bay Lightning only ranked three in the Central Division, with the Panthers and Hurricanes ahead of them.
They’ve dropped to +700 after winning 30 of their first 46 games this season. Still, the bookies remain optimistic about Tampa Bay’s chances, given that they’re number two in the Atlantic Division after winning seven of their last ten.
Third comes the Florida Panthers with an odds of +800. Their odds dropped after they lost against the New York Rangers last February 2. The Rangers, led by their top line, outplayed the Panthers in the final 40 minutes to win 5-2 on that said game.
It was an unfortunate night for the Panthers as Mika Zibanejad scored his season-high 18th goal. The goal came about due to a partial 2-on-1 rush into the offensive zone, with Zibanejad attempting to find Ryan Reaves with a pass.
Despite losing against the New York Rangers, they still ranked on the third favorite list of this year’s season.
Tied with the Florida Panthers, Vegas Golden Knight also has +800 odds in the sportsbook. The Golden Knights remain in third place on the Stanley Cup odds board despite an up-and-down three-week stretch of hockey.
The Vegas Golden Knights pride themselves on their top-quality players that have the skills to put them on the top of the odds list. The game is not yet over. The Golden Knights still have enough time to turn the table and win the championship this season.
In addition, Vegas is 28-16-2-1 on the current season and still leads the Pacific Division, four points ahead of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Kings. So, it is still early to project that the Vegas team will not climb up to the top spot in time for the championship.
Completing the top five best odds is the Toronto Maple Leafs, with an odds of +850. The team has six wins in a row and now has a 30-10-2-1 record led by their center and alternate captain, Auston Matthews, who is also a Hart Trophy candidate. He scored 53 points in 40 games, including 12 in his last five.
They were also unstoppable last regular season, finishing first in the North Division after winning 35 of their 56 games.
Aside from Matthews, Maple Leafs also have other key players like Mitch Marner and T.J. Brodie, who both play a significant role in helping the team reach the playoffs.
Odds are constantly changing until the final game of the season. The ones in the bottom still have a huge chance of landing on the top spot and vice versa. It is why you should always keep yourself updated about the odds to know whom you will bet on every game you want to participate in.