The Tampa Bay Lightning are still drinking bubbly from Lord Stanley’s Cup, but it’s time to start thinking about 2021. How likely is it that Lightning will strike two years in a row? Will the Vegas Golden Knights break through to win their first Stanley Cup? Perhaps the Colorado Avalanche are the most reasonable choice. Which are the dark-horse teams that we can reasonably place longshot for the NHL’s 2021 Stanley Cup betting? Get ready to place your online sports bets, sportsfans! We’ll break down the BetUS NHL Sportsbook odds.
The Colorado Avalanche (+650) are the current favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup next season. Colorado was the Western Conference’s second seed last season, and barely lost to the eventual representative for the West in the Finals. The Avalanche lost an intense second-round Game 7 to the Dallas Stars, 5-4 in overtime.
Colorado has a talented young core consisting of Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, and Cale Makar, and about $22 million in cap space to play with. It’s easy to imagine this dangerous squad loading up with a few hired guns to put them on top.
The Vegas Golden Knights were expected by many, including the author, to make it to and win the Cup last season. Vegas has a potent starting line, amazing depth, and high-quality goaltending. The Golden Knights currently rate as the second-most likely to win in 2021, coming in with a moneyline of +700.
The reigning champion Lightning are ranked third with a moneyline of +775, and in all fairness, Tampa Bay is the team to beat. Tampa has 15 players returning from its Stanley Cup championship squad, and will hopefully have team captain Steven Stamkos healthy for the next title run. Don’t count out the champs!
The New York Rangers’ Stanley Cup odds leapt to +1800, following the signing of top draft choice Alexis Lafreniere. There’s little doubt that the rookie phenom will have an immediate impact on NY’s success, but thinking Cup may be a little premature. The Rangers have other areas to address before being considered a complete team.
The Vancouver Canucks (+2500) are an intriguing dark-horse pick to hoist the Cup in 2021. The Canucks advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2015, and defeated the Minnesota Wild and the defending champion St. Louis Blues, before finally falling to Vegas in a thrilling seven-game series. The playoff experience earned during Vancouver’s gritty run will come in handy during the upcoming season.
Keep yourself informed with all the latest NHL news and rumors here as we get closer to 2021 Stanley Cup betting.