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Bruins Overtake Avalanche as Favorites to Win 2023 Stanley Cup

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Updated Jan 18, 2023 · 2:27 PM PST

Boston Bruins David Pastrnak and David Krejci celebrate goal
Jan 8, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with center David Krejci (46) after a goal during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Boston Bruins have overtaken the Colorado Avalanche as the betting favorites to win the 2023 Stanley Cup
  • The Bruins lead the NHL in points by a significant margin, while the Avalanche are sitting outside a playoff spot
  • Read below for the updated 2023 Stanley Cup odds, plus analysis on the best team to bet

The Boston Bruins are officially the Stanley Cup favorites at the midpoint of the 2022-23 NHL season. Boston has overtaken the preseason favorite Colorado Avalanche in the 2023 Stanley Cup odds.

Boston is leading the NHL in points by a wide margin, while the Avalanche are sitting outside a playoff spot as they’ve been ravaged by injuries. The Carolina Hurricanes, meanwhile, round out the top-three Cup favorites.

Are the Bruins the best bet for the 2023 Stanley Cup, or is there another team worth wagering on?

Stanley Cup Odds 2023

Team Stanley Cup Odds
Boston Bruins +550
Colorado Avalanche +700
Carolina Hurricanes +750
Vegas Golden Knights +850
Toronto Maple Leafs +950
Tampa Bay Lightning +1300
New Jersey Devils +1400
Dallas Stars +1600
Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
Calgary Flames +1800
Minnesota Wild +2000
New York Rangers +2000
Edmonton Oilers +2200
Florida Panthers +3000
Los Angeles Kings +3000
Winnipeg Jets +4000
Seattle Kraken +4000
New York Islanders +4000
Washington Capitals +4300
Nashville Predators +5500
St. Louis Blues +9500
Buffalo Sabres +10000
Detroit Red Wings +15000
Vancouver Canucks +15000
Ottawa Senators +15000
Montreal Canadiens +50000
Columbus Blues Jackets +50000
San Jose Sharks +50000
Arizona Coyotes +50000
Anaheim Ducks +50000
Philadelphia Flyers +50000
Chicago Blackhawks +50000

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Bruins Are New Cup Favorites

The Boston Bruins are the new betting favorite to win the 2023 Stanley Cup at online sportsbooks. The Bruins are priced at +500 at FanDuel Sportsbook, which means they have a 15.38% implied probability to win hockey’s ultimate prize.

Boston officially overtook previous favorite Colorado in the Stanley Cup odds right around the beginning of the New Year. It’s hard to argue with the oddsmakers, as Boston has been the NHL’s best team this season with an incredible 34-5-4 record.

The Bruins are on pace to finish with a league-record 64 wins and 137 points. It’s hard to envision Boston maintaining that pace right until the playoffs, especially if they clinch home-ice advantage early, but it speaks to their overall dominance.

Boston has failed to make it past Round 2 of the postseason in three consecutive years, but they’ve reached the Stanley Cup Final twice in the last decade. The Bruins have a talented and experienced core led by Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak.

The biggest upgrade for Boston this season comes in net, where goalie Linus Ullmark has become the Vezina Trophy favorite. In 27 starts in the Boston crease this year, Ullmark has posted an astounding 23-2-1 record with a .936 save percentage and 1.92 GAA.

Avalanche Sliding in Stanley Cup Odds

The Colorado Avalanche were the NHL’s best team one season ago, but they find themselves out of a playoff spot at the midpoint of the season. Oddsmakers have dropped Colroado’s Cup odds to +700 after opening them around +500.

It says something that the Avalanche still have the second-best odds to win the Stanley Cup despite the fact they wouldn’t make the postseason if it started today. Colorado has been decimated by the injury bug, which is clearly factored into their odds.

The Avalanche are currently without captain Gabriel Landeskog, plus defensemen Bowen Byram and John Manson due to injury, while Nathan MacKinnon and Val Nichuskin have also missed time. When the Avs are fully healthy, they are still one of the NHL’s best teams.

The Avalanche can’t be counted out in the Stanley Cup odds, even though they lost some key pieces from that Cup-winning roster such as Nazem Kadri and Darcy Kuemper. Oddsmakers are still giving the Avs a 12.5% chance to repeat.

Perhaps the best reason to wager on the Avs right now is the lack of competition in the Western Conference. There is only one team in the West listed with better odds than +1500 to win the 2023 Stanley Cup, and that’s the Vegas Golden Knights at +850.

Best Bets to Win 2023 Stanley Cup

At the midpoint of the season, we’re not counting out Colorado in the 2023 Stanley Cup odds. Sure, the Avalanche are struggling this year, but this is a powerhouse team that outscored the opposition by an 85-55 margin in last year’s postseason.

The team that sticks out as the best value at the midpoint of the season, however, is the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes appear to be building towards a long playoff run in 2022-23 after two straight second-round postseason exits.

Not only do the Hurricanes only trail the Bruins by 10 points in the standings, but they also recently got starting goalie Freddie Andersen back from injury. Furthermore, Carolina is dominating puck possession.

NHL Top Possessions Teams 2022-23

Team Corsi Percentage (Rank) Expected Goals Percentage (Rank)
Carolina Hurricanes 60.3% (1st) 60% (1st)
Calgary Flames 55.4% (2nd) 53.6% (6th)
New Jersey Devils 55.1% (3rd) 56.8% (2nd)
Florida Panthers 53.4% (4th) 53% (7th)
Colorado Avalanche 52.8% (5th) 51.4% (16th)

All stats at 5v5 as of January 18. 

The Hurricanes took down the Bruins in seven games last spring and lost in overtime to them in the first regular-season meeting this season. The Canes have added Max Pacioretty and Brent Burns to an already star-studded roster.

The value on Carolina right comes stems from Andersen’s return from injury and being a possible difference-maker in the spring. Carolina has never had Andersen for a playoff run, and the former Vezina finalist helps the Canes matchup with the B’s in the most important position.

Carolina’s Stanley Cup odds have shortened considerably after opening at +1100, and there’s a good chance that trend continues in the second half of the season. With excellent metrics and one of the game’s best coaches in Rod Brind’Amour, the Canes are worth a wager right now.


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