It’s the height of winter in the United States, which can only mean one thing for sports betting fans: the hockey season.
The regular NHL campaign kicked off in October, with the usual host of hopefuls all vying for supremacy in their respective leagues and all sharing the same season ending goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
With COVID 19 wreaking havoc on the schedule last season, there is a far more normal feel to proceedings this year and there will be a whole host of sides out to stop defending champions, Tampa Bay Lightning.
There are 16 play-off places up for grabs at the end of the season, with the top 8 teams from the Western and Eastern Conferences doing battle in the NHL showpiece.
Qualification for the last 16 is often an arduous process, with most teams having to contend with injuries throughout the campaign and it is a real slog for sides as they look to end up in the top 8 in their respective division.
With the competition hotting up and sides already jostling for position, let’s take a look at some of the sides that could go all the way and be crowned the 2021/22 NHL Champions:
Colorado Avalanche @ +700
It has been over 20 years since the Colorado Avalanche last lifted the Stanley Cup, but the Denver based outfit look ready to make a real assault on the NHL this season. They currently find themselves 2nd in the Central League and should they continue their strong early season form, they could well be in contention to lift the 3rd Stanley Cup title in the club’s history.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ +750
Defending NHL champions Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t been at their most fluent in 2021 so far but their form over course and distance always makes them a candidate to go all the way in the Stanley Cup, reports Offers.Bet. Their odds are +750. They currently sit 3rd in the of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and look to be finding form when it matters once more.
Florida Panthers @ +800
Nursing one of the worst records in NHL history has done nothing to deter the Florida Panthers this season, who are flying high in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. With 17 wins from 24 games played and only 4 of their 7 losses coming in regular time, the Panthers have been in superb nick this season, and could this be the year they finally break their duck?
Vegas Golden Knights @ +900
As one of the newest franchises in contention in the NHL this season, they certainly won’t be the purist’s choice to lift the Stanley Cup, but they are a quality outfit, packed with talent through their roster. They find themselves 4th in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference currently and clearly with work to do but they are a good side, and they could come good at the business end of the season.