Sports Interaction’s NHL Stanley Cup Odds Tracker lets you monitor the constantly shifting odds for all teams in the National Hockey League. You can use our interactive tracker to compare and contrast individual teams, conferences and divisions as the teams compete for hockey’s greatest prize.
2021 Stanley Cup Top Contenders
Which team is currently leading the odds to win the 2021 Stanley Cup? Simply mouse over the most recent date to see which teams are the most recent favourites. You can even see how their odds have shifted over the last year.
2021 Stanley Cup Playoff Updates
October 2020: According to the NHL and the NHL Player’s Association, the 2020-21 NHL season will hopefully start January 1st, 2021.
The 2020/2021 Stanley Cup Playoff Format
For the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the league was forced to create a new playoff format that took the highly unusual and abrupt end of the regular season into account.
They organized a qualifying round for the bottom eight teams in each conference, in which the teams competed in a best-of-five series to determine who would move on to the playoffs. The top four teams in each conference used a round robin style tournament to establish seeding.
The result of the round robin and the qualifying tournament was a final 16 teams, who would go on to compete in the familiar best-of-seven playoff format.
According to the NHL and the NHL Player’s Association, the 2020-21 NHL season will hopefully start January 1st, 2021. Here’s what Commissioner Gary Bettman said, just before the start of the 2020 draft.
“We really haven’t focused precisely on what we’re going to be doing next season. I think it’s fairly clear that while Dec. 1 has always been a notional date, we’re focused on the fact that we’re really looking now at Jan. 1 to start the season up. Our hope is to have a full season, full regular season, and to have fans in the building, but there are a lot of things that have to transpire, many of which if not most of which are beyond our control before we can finalize our plans.”
Top Eastern Conference Teams
On September 28, 2020, the Lightning won their second Stanley Cup in franchise history, defeating the Dallas Stars in six games. As of this writing, they are priced as +800 to repeat as winners in 2021.
The last time a team from the Atlantic division won the Stanley Cup was the Boston Bruins in 2011. They are currently priced at +1100 to win it in 2021. The Toronto Maple Leafs are slightly ahead, at +1000.
As of this writing, the Philadelphia Flyers lead the odds board for Metro Division teams at +1500. The Pittsburgh Penguins sit a couple places behind Philly and are priced at +1700.
Top Western Conference Teams
The Western Conference boasts the current favourite to win this year’s Cup, with the Colorado Avalanche topping the overall list at +548 as of late October 2020.
The Colorado Avalanche are strong favourites in the Central Division, currently priced at +548, a strong lead over the next best odds which are priced at +2000 for the Dallas Stars.
Home to the Vegas Golden Knights, who own the best odds (+656) to win the Stanley Cup among teams in the West. The Calgary Flames (+2600) and the Vancouver Canucks (+1800) are comfortably ahead of the struggling Arizona Coyotes, who are longshots at +5000.
Canadian NHL Teams – Best Odds to Win Stanley Cup
Ask any Canadian, and they will tell you (angrily) that the Stanley Cup hasn’t been won by a Canadian team since 1994. That’s so long ago, that most of the young players in the league weren’t yet born the last time it was won by a Canadian city. The Montreal Canadiens were the last to do it. They’re +2000 long shots to do it again in 2021. But what about the rest of the Canadian teams?
The Toronto Maple Leafs currently have the best odds for a Canadian team on the 2021 NHL Futures board, at +1000. The Canucks are next in line, priced at +1800. The Habs are at +2000, the Flames at +2600, the Winnipeg Jets at +2800 and the Ottawa Senators are the Canadian longshots, priced at +8100. For you Sens fans, that means that if you put a $20 bet on your team to hoist Lord Stanley next season, and they somehow pulled it off, you’d win $1640.00.
Past Championships for Canadian Teams
|Team||Stanley Cups||Finals Appearances||Last Championship||Last Finals Appearance|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||13||21||1967||1967|
What is a Stanley Cup Futures Bet?
You don’t have to wait for the actual tournament to bet on the Stanley Cup however, thanks to futures betting, because as soon as a Stanley Cup Champion is crowned, futures odds on next year’s potential winner are posted. As with most futures odds, because there are so many unknowns that could affect a team before and throughout the regular season, making a bet on the future winner is a calculated risk.
According to the latest futures odds, the Golden Knights are the favourites to win the Cup at +500. That means that a $10 bet on the Knights to win would earn you a total 0f $60, including your original bet amount. For a long shot team, like the Montreal Canadiens, your $10 bet on their +3300 odds would earn you a cool $330.
Understanding NHL Betting Odds
Let’s take a look at this game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens as our example. In the moneyline column, you can see the following numbers:
This means that the Flyers are favored to win, as shown by the minus sign written in front of the 146, and the Canadiens are the underdogs, as shown by the plus sign in front of the 122.
You can also bet on the total number of goals scored in a game. In the above example, the sportsbook has set a an Over/Under of 5. Usually that Over/Under or Totals number will be set around 5 and 6.5 for NHL games, and you’re betting on whether the number of goals scored in that game will be more (Over) or less (Under) the listed number.