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Avalanche, Golden Knights oddsmakers favorites to win Stanley Cup

Mark Stone
Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone
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The puck drops on the 2021-22 NHL season on Tuesday night as the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning faces the Pittsburgh Penguins before the expansion Seattle Kraken takes the ice for the first time ever against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Both the Lightning and Golden Knights are within oddsmakers’ top-five of teams that could potentially win the Stanley Cup this season, though the Colorado Avalanche are the favorites.

When it comes to the Philadelphia Flyers, their odds are in the middle of the pack at +4000 — which just so happens to be the same as the Kraken’s.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith YandleGeoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

But their division doesn’t have much representation at the very top. The New York Islanders, who made the Stanley Cup semifinals in two consecutive years, have the sixth-best odds while a rebuilding Rangers team — who many believe won’t even make the playoffs — have the ninth-best odds to win it all this season. That includes better odds than the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, and Washington Capitals; all of whom should have better seasons than the Blueshirts.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy KuemperJerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Here is how DraftKings‘ odds are shaking up entering opening night:

2022 Stanley Cup odds

  1. Colorado Avalanche: +475
  2. Vegas Golden Knights: +700
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning: +700
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs: +900
  5. Boston Bruins: +1300
  6. New York Islanders: +1500
  7. Florida Panthers: +1800
  8. Edmonton Oilers: +2000
  9. New York Rangers: +2200
  10. Pittsburgh Penguins: +2500
  11. Minnesota Wild: +2500
  12. Carolina Hurricanes: +2500
  13. Washington Capitals: +3000
  14. Dallas Stars: +3500
  15. Seattle Kraken: +4000
  16. Philadelphia Flyers: +4000
  17. Winnipeg Jets: +4500
  18. Chicago Blackhawks: +4500
  19. Calgary Flames: +4500
  20. St. Louis Blues: +5000
  21. New Jersey Devils: +5000
  22. Montreal Canadiens: +5000
  23. Vancouver Canucks: +6000
  24. San Jose Sharks: +10000
  25. Nashville Predators: +10000
  26. Los Angeles Kings: +10000
  27. Detroit Red Wings: +15000
  28. Ottawa Senators: +20000
  29. Columbus Blue Jackets: +20000
  30. Buffalo Sabres: +20000
  31. Arizona Coyotes: +20000
  32. Anaheim Ducks: +20000
Boston Bruins defenseman Matt GrzelcykBrian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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