Just two months after the Avalanche won the Stanly Cup against the defending champions on their home turf —Tampa Bay Lightning—, the stage is set for the 2022-23 NHL season. Expert portals, such as William Hill, already have odds and predictions in place, and fans are eager to see the Nashville Predators take on the San Jose Sharks in the opening game on October 7 at the 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
Expectations have not changed much in this short time. The performance of Colorado team in the hands of Jared Bednar has been so spectacular, that the odds have them as favorites to win Lord Stanley’s Cup again. The truth is that for the Avalanche to achieve their tetrachampionship they will have to face fierce resistance, as the Maple Leafs are coming with everything and have managed to position themselves second in the table of possible winners with odds +850.
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Colorado Avalanche (the current NHL Stanley Cup Winners)
With the highest odds of the entire group (+450), the Colorado Avalanche are the favorite of all bookmakers and specialists. Their record of 56 wins, 7 OT, and only 19 losses last season supports the predictions. If we add to this a power play of 24% and their 3.76 goals per game average in the 82 games played —just 2.83 against—, without a doubt, the omens of a tetra-championship look possible.
Jared Bednar has among his plans star Mikko Rantanen —36 G / 56 A—, who with his 92 points was key last season. He is followed by Nathan MacKinnon and Nazem Kadri, whose assists (115 between them) were indispensable in bringing home the cup. The team, in itself, is solid and eager to sweep everything in its path.
The reigning champions will have their first game of the 2022-23 season against the Chicago Blackhawks. The game will be at 07:30ET at the Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado, in front of 18,007 fans that will overflow the stands. The odds greatly benefit the locals, 1.67 against 4.98. The betting odds are very clear.
The NHL Stanley Cup odds beginning of season place them at number 13 among the favorites with +2500. And yes, the Boston Bruins do not want to be left out. The team wants to regain its glory days and raise its 7th Lord Staley Cup after 11 years without being able to do so. Their numbers last season are not bad at all: 51 wins, 26 losses, and 5 OT for 107 points. They also had a power play of 21.2%, a penalty killing of 81.3%, and an average of 3.09 goals scored per game, against 2.66 conceded.
James Peter Montgomery’s goal is clear, for which he has worked hard to condition the team members. For the moment, Brad Marchand is the team’s spearhead, with his 8th points (32 G / 48 A); in support, he has David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron, leaders in assists. This trio will be something to talk about on the ice.
The Bruins’ first regular season game will be against the Washington Capitals. The game will take place at 07:00ET at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC. While the odds benefit the locals 1.83 against 2.00, and the fact of going away may overshadow the performance a bit, a Boston victory is not ruled out. And it’s not a matter of luck. Jim Peter’s team’s stats against the Capitals in the last 24 meetings are superior (13 vs. 11 games and 76 vs. 66 goals).
Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonathan D. Cooper’s team wants to get rid of the bad taste in their mouth after losing the chance to win their 3rd NHL Stanley Cup at home against the Avalanche. The odds place them third among the favorites with +900, only 100 points behind the Maple Leafs. They are backed by their explosive performance last season, with 51 wins, 23 losses, and 8 OT, with a power play of 23.9%, in addition to a 3.48 goals scored per game average and only 2.78 goals against.
Steven Stamkos is one of their main bastions, a key player that allowed them to reach the final last season with 64 assists and 42 goals. He is supported by Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov, both in goals and assists. The potential of Alex Killorn and Brayden Point cannot be overlooked.
Their first game will be on Saturday, October 8, against the New York Rangers. The game will take place at 07:30ET at Madison Square Garden, New York. Despite the Lightning being the runners-up, the odds benefit the home side 1.83 against 2.00. The “playing at home” factor continues to do its thing, although it should be noted that in their last 13 meetings, things have been even between the two teams (7 games against 6 and 37 goals against 36 in favor of the Lightning).
John Hynes is in charge of leading the 19th-ranked Nashville Predators (with odds of +5000, 1000 behind the Kings) to win their first NHL Stanley Cup rings. And yes, if you’re one of those who wonders “What NHL teams have never won the Stanley Cup?”, well, Nashville is one.
The team has been dreaming for years, giving their best in every game. Still, they have come up against strong barriers, most notably the reigning champions, Colorado Avalanche, who eliminated them last season in the first round.
Despite any bad prognosis, the Predators hold on to their group performance (45 wins, 30 losses, and 7OT), their worthy goals per game average (3.20), and the talent of their stars. Roman Josi stands out as one of their key players (96 points in 80 matches), along with Matt Duchene and Filip Forsberg (170 points combined).
They are in charge of opening the season, and they will do it on October 7 vs. San Jose Sharks, a team with which they have an excellent winning streak of 6 games out of the last seven they have played. Not in vain, William Hill gives the Predators odds of 1.57 in favor against 2.55 for their opponents. The opening match will be at 02:00ET at the O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Vegas Golden Knights
Oddsmakers are ranked seventh at +1400, just 200 behind the Hurricanes. The team led by Bruce James Cassidy is ready to win the NHL Stanley Cup for the first time in its history this 2022-23 season. To do so, they have assembled a top-notch roster that gave them very good results last season: an average of 3.20 goals scored per game (2.98 goals against), 43 games won, 31 lost, and 8OT.
Considering that they are only five years old, the performance of this team has been colossal. Jonathan Marchessault is among their strongest signings, with 30 goals and 36 assists in 76 matches. He is followed by the likes of Chandler Stephenson and Shea Theodore, with a combined 116 points.
Their first game will be on October 8 against the Kings at 10:00ET at Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA. They will be visitors, and the odds are 2.61 vs. 3.10 in favor of Los Angeles.
With odds of 1200, they are sixth among the favorites, only +200 points behind the Panthers. The Hurricanes are eager to lift the NHL Stanley Cup for the second time after 16 years without doing so (since 2006). The 2021-22 season results are encouraging, an average of 3.38 goals per game (only 2.44 against), 54 wins, 20 losses, and 8OT.
Roderic Jean Brind’Amour is fully confident that he can achieve his goal: winning the championship. To achieve the proposed goals, the coach counts on star player Sebastian Aho (37 G / 44 A / 81 points in 79 matches). His main support comes from Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen, who have a combined 134 points in the last 78 games.
Their first meeting this season will be on October 12 against the Blue Jackets at PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC. Betway predicts a win for the Hurricanes, with 1.85 against 4.44 in their odds. These numbers are totally understandable, both for being local and for the results between both teams in the last 17 games (9 wins against eight losses and 55 goals against 47 in favor of Carolina).
The Florida Panthers have never lifted a Stanley Cup in their 29-year history in the NHL. However, everything looks like it could change. They are currently fifth among the favorites with odds of +1000, just 100 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning —NHL Stanley Cup finalists 2021-22—. Their performance last season was decent: 49 W, 27 L, and 6OT, with a 3.48 goals-against average (3.06 goals-against).
Paul Maurice is in charge of getting the Panthers, on their 30th anniversary, to reach their first Stanley Cup. To do so, he is counting on the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau, who has 115 points on 30 goals and 85 assists. He is backed up by top scorers such as Aleksander Barkov and Sam Reinhart, who have 170 points between them.
Their first meeting will be against the Islanders on October 13 at UBS Arena, Elmont, NY. Despite being visitors, the Betway odds benefit them with 1.1 against 1.34 for New York.
Montreal Hockey Club (Canadiens)
With a +15,000 odds, they are number 31 in the list of possible winners, only above the Coyotes. Their statistics do not improve the predictions. We are talking about only 22 games won, 49 lost, and 11 OT, and a poor goal average: 2.66 goals scored on average per game, conceding 3.87 against.
Martin St. Louis does not have it easy. His role is to bring back the luster of yesteryear to the greatest champion the NHL has had since its founding. When asked “Which NHL team has the most Stanley Cups?” the answer is quick: Montreal Hockey Club, with 24 titles —almost twice as many as the closest contender, the Maple Leafs, with 13 Cups—. But they have not won the championship for 30 years, since 1993.
It is up to Nick Suzuki (21 G / 40 A and 61 points in 82 matches), Cole Caufield, and Mike Hoffman (23 G / 20 A and 15 G / 20 A respectively) to try to prevail against opponents who outplay them considerably. In reality, things are not looking good at all.
Their first game of the 2022-23 season will be against the Toronto Maple Leafs —the second favorite with odds of +800—. The game will be on October 12 at 07:00ET at the Bell Centre, Montreal. The odds of William Hill predict a resounding victory for Toronto, with odds of 1.45 against 2.95.
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