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Opening 2022 NHL Eastern Conference Odds



2022 NHL Opening Conference Odds - Lightning, Bruins, Avalanche

Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender is congratulated in his win against Montreal Canadiens in Game 1. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack).

  • The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning are the +350 favorites to win the NHL’s Eastern Conference title in 2021-22
  • The Colorado Avalanche, +200 bet choice for the Western Conference, are the best chance to win the title
  • Below are the odds that all NHL teams will win their conference.

Are the Colorado Avalanche ready to get past the hump? Will they reach the Stanley Cup final this season? The Tampa Bay Lightning, two-time Stanley Cup champion, will be able to overcome nearly four decades of drought and reach the third consecutive Cup final series.

Oddsmakers support this matchup as the Stanley Cup final. It will take place at the conclusion of the 2021-22 NHL hockey season. The Lightning are the +350 betting option to win the Eastern Conference title in the 2022 NHL conference odds. In the Western Conference odds, the Avalanche is the +200 chalk.

NHL Eastern Conference Odds

Tampa Bay Lightning+350
Toronto Maple Leafs+500
Boston Bruins+600
Florida Panthers+900
New York Islanders+900
Pittsburgh Penguins+1000
New York Rangers+1200
Carolina Hurricanes+1200
Washington Capitals+1200
Philadelphia Flyers+1400
Montreal Canadiens+2200
New Jersey Devils+2200
Detroit Red Wings+10000
Ottawa Senators+10000
Buffalo Sabres+10000
Columbus Blue Jackets+10000

All odds as of August 17th, DraftKings

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Lightning Strikes a Third Times?

New York Islanders were the last team to win three consecutive Stanley Cups. They played in five consecutive Cup final series between 1980 and 1984.

The Lightning have been the fifth team to win consecutive Stanley Cups. No team has yet to win three consecutive Cup final series.

The Lightning is in process of disintegration. Tampa Bay won a Cup while earning millions more than the salary cap. Summer saved money with summer grind forwards Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow as well as reliable defenseman David Savard.

Let the adventures with Stanley begin…again!

Keep up to date #BoltsCup Tour every step of the Way⤵️

— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 26, 2021

Lightning still have forwards Brayden, Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. But don’t forget, they never won the Cup until the 2020 deadline deals that acquired Goodrow and Coleman.

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Bruins Retooling

It’s been another interesting summer for the Boston Bruins. Last season, the B’s said goodbye to Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug. They said goodbye to Tuukka Rask, David Krejci and this year.

They didn’t exactly bulk up with A-list talent. The additions were forward Nick Foligno, who appears on the downside of it all. Goalie Linus Ullmark hasn’t played a second in the playoffs.

Taylor Hall wore 71, so Nick Foligno will wear 17 in Boston.

— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) August 10, 2021

Toronto Maple Leafs at +500 are the second choice in betting. But until the Leafs win a playoff series – something the team hasn’t accomplished since 2004 – they can’t be taken seriously as a contender.

If there’s a sleeper out there that could upset the applecart in the East, the Florida Panthers might be that team. The Panthers’ opening conference odds of +900 are great value.

Joel Quenneville, coach of the team, has won three Cups. They’ve added Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart, and Joe Thornton to one of the NHL’s deepest and most talented forward groups. Rookie Spencer Knight’s arrival could be just the elixir to get Sergei Bobrovsky back to his old Vezina Trophy form.

Pick: Florida Panthers (+900).

NHL Western Conference Odds

Colorado Avalanche+200
Vegas Golden Knights+300
Minnesota Wild+1000
Edmonton Oilers+1000
Dallas Stars+1400
St. Louis Blues+1600
Winnipeg Jets+1700
Seattle Kraken+1700
Chicago Blackhawks+1800
Calgary Flames+2200
Vancouver Canucks+2500
Los Angeles Kings+3000
San Jose Sharks+4000
Nashville Predators+4000
Anaheim Ducks+10000
Arizona Coyotes+10000

Have the Avs taken a step back?

The most surprising thing about the summer free agents season was Philipp Grubauer, goalie for the expansion Seattle Kraken. He chose it over the Avalanche. The Avs added goalie Darcy Kuemper from Arizona as Grubauer’s replacement.

8/15/20 – Darcy Kuemper broke his own playoff franchise-rec. for saves in a period w/20 in the 1P, & tied his own rec. For saves in a game with 49 (set vs NASH), leading the Coyotes in Edmonton to a 4-2 victory over Colorado. 1G each: Stepan Richardson Hall (en), Crouse. #Yotes

— Arizona Sports History (@AZSportsHistory) August 16, 2021

Colorado is home to the likes Nathan MacKinnon and Mikki Rantanen. The Avs remain the West’s best team.

Vegas had to deal with salary cap issues like Tampa Bay. Marc-Andre Fleury, the Vezina Trophy winner was transferred to Chicago. If they want to win the Stanley Cup, the Golden Knights must still have enough cap space.

#NHLJets fans…. Welcome NATESCHMIDT to Winnipeg

— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) July 28, 2021

Winnipeg Jets is a longshot that’s worth a glance. Between the pipes, Connor Hellebuyck is a Vezina Winner. The Jets have a deep forward line with Mark Schiefele (Kyle Connor), Paul Stastny, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor. They traded Brenden Dillon for Nate Schmidt to upgrade their defense.

Pick: Colorado Avalanche (+200)

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Robert Duff

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Bob, a veteran of the industry, taught the Elder College course on the history and development of sports. He was a Postmedia Sports Columnist and appeared as a host on numerous radio stations. He also served as Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research (Ontario) and wrote 25 books.


Bob, a veteran of the industry, taught the Elder College course on the history and development of sports. Bob has been a Postmedia Sports Columnist, appeared on many radio stations as a guest, and has written 25 books.

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