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  • Track 2019 NHL Championship odds for all 31 teams
  • See how the odds have ebbed and followed over the course of the season
  • View teams either individually or compared to others trending in the same direction

The NHL season lasts nearly nine months, but just because there aren’t meaningful games played from July to September, it doesn’t mean your itch to bet on hockey will go unscratched. All year long you can wager on Stanley Cup futures – or, “who is going to eventually win the Stanley Cup,” for those unfamiliar with the term “futures.”

And we’ve got great news: we have been tracking and will continue to track, all 31 NHL teams’ odds to win the Stanley Cup, all year long. The graphs you’ll see below were generated by calculating the average odds for each team from a variety of sportsbooks.

National Hockey League

Top Contenders

Team Bovada Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs +750
Tampa Bay Lightning +750
Winnipeg Jets +1100
Nashville Predators +1100
Vegas Golden Knights +1100

For the first time since futures bets were available at online sportsbooks, the Toronto Maple Leafs opened the season as the de facto favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Time will tell if they’ll break their 50-year cup drought, but they’re poised for success after landing John Tavares in the off season.

  • Despite a disappointing finish to their Cinderella run that culminated in a Stanley Cup Finals Berth, the Vegas Golden Knights are poised to return to contention next season. They have a plethora of both assets and cap space, and all signs point to them adding a high profile star to their roster for the 2018-2019 season.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning have the second shortest odds heading into the 2018-2019 season, and their roster that made it within one game of the Stanley Cup final will likely be even stronger come puck drop in October.
  • The Boston Bruins have a bevy of talented young players to supplement their dynamic veteran offense. Combine that with a deep defense and the steady goaltending of Tuukka Rask, and they’re likely to be among the class of the NHL in 2018-2019.

Teams Searching For Their First Cup

Here’s a list of the NHL teams without an etching on the Stanley Cup:

Team Years in the NHL Cup Final Appearances Closest They’ve Come
Vancouver Canucks 48 3 Game 7 Cup Final losses in both 2011 and 1994. No one in Vancouver will ever forget LaFayette’s post or the ensuing riots.
Buffalo Sabres 48 2 Game 6 in 1999. Losing in overtime, no thanks to Brett Hull’s foot in the crease.
San Jose Sharks 27 1 Game 6 in 2016. They’ve never been able to shed their label as chokers.
Nashville Predators 20 1 Game 6 in 2017. Nashville fans still rue the bad call on Sissons’ go-ahead goal.
Ottawa Senators 26 1 Game 5 in 2007. A heartbreaking series for that culminated in the infamous Emery-Phillips mixup. 
Vegas Golden Knights 1 1 Game 5 in 2018. Luca Sbisa hands the game to Lars Eller to end the Knights historic run.
St. Louis Blues 52 3 The St. Louis Blues got swept in the finals in three consecutive years, in 1968, 1969, and 1970.
Florida Panthers 25 1 Swept by Colorado in 1996, despite the year of the rat.
Arizona Coyotes 22 0 Lost in 5 games to the LA Kings in 2012. Dustin Brown isn’t admired by Glendale faithful.
Winnipeg Jets 24 (1979-1996, 2011-2018) 0 Defeated by the LA Kings in 5 games in 2018. Canada’s best hope was no match for Ryan Reaves’ heroics.
Minnesota Wild 18 0 Swept in the 2003 Conference Finals. Despite a disappointing playoff history, they did end Patrick Roy’s career in spectacular fashion.
Columbus Blue Jackets 18 0 The Jackets have only won 4 playoff games in their history, 2 in 2014 and 2 in 2018. They probably beat the Caps if not for Lars Eller’s shin, though.

Top Canadian Teams

No Canadian team has won since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, but 2019 looks like a promising year for the 26-year drought to come to an end.

  • The Winnipeg Jets ran out of gas against the Vegas Knights in the conference finals this year, but they looked unbeatable for large stretches of the 2018 postseason. With their young guns only trending upwards, we’d give Winnipeg the best chances of ending Canada’s 24-year cup drought.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Montreal Canadians 24 33 1993 1993
    Toronto Maple Leafs 13 21 1967 1967
    Edmonton Oilers 5 7 1990 2006
    Calgary Flames 1 3 1989 2004
    Vancouver Canucks 0 2 N/A 2011

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

The Metropolitan Division boats two perennial powerhouses in the east, the Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The division boast 3 of the top 4 active playoff performers in the NHL in Ovechkin, Crosby, and Malkin. All three of them have Conn Smythe trophies, to boot.

  • Believe it or not, the Washington Capitals aren’t the favorite to repeat. However, some astute management by Brian MacLellan has let them keep the majority of their cup winning core together, so they’ll still be a force in the east.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Washington Capitals 1 2 2018 2018
    Pittsburgh Penguins 5 6 2017 2017
    New York Rangers 4 11 1994 2014
    New York Islanders 4 5 1983 1984
    New Jersey Devils 3 5 2003 2012

Atlantic Division

Outside of the Bruins, Lightning, and Leafs, the Atlantic division is almost totally irrelevant in a discussion of potential Stanley Cup Favorites. The Panthers will be strong contenders for a playoff berth, but they’re infinitely closer to being first-round cannon fodder than they are to being legitimate contenders.

  • The Wings, Sabres, Canadiens are all likely to finish bottom 5 in the entire NHL. They’ve got some painful years ahead in their respective rebuilds.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Toronto Maple Leafs 13 21 1967 1967
    Boston Bruins 6 19 2011 2013
    Tampa Bay Lightning 1 2 2004 2015
    Detroit Red Wings 11 24 2008 2009
    Montreal Canadiens 24 33 1993 1993

Western Conference

Pacific Division

The Pacific Division isn’t projecting to be very strong in 2018-2019, with Vegas being the only expected Cup Contender. Its entirely possible that the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks all take significant steps back this year. The once dominant California teams are getting old, stale, and irrelevant quickly.

  • A team to keep your eye on this season is the Edmonton Oilers, and its unlikely they can repeat such an epically disastrous flop of a season again in 2018-2019. However, sportsbooks have clued into this too, and there isn’t just isn’t that much value in betting on them right now.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Anaheim Ducks 1 2 2007 2007
    LA Kings 2 3 2014 2014
    San Jose Sharks 0 1 N/A 2016
    Vegas Golden Knights 0 1 N/A 2018
    Edmonton Oilers 5 7 1990 2006

Central Division

The Central Division boasts a number of strong teams, headlined by powerhouses in Nashville and Winnipeg. It’s a shame only 5 teams from the Central can make the playoffs because all 8 of these teams look like they’ll have a legitimate shot to enter the postseason in 2018-2019.

  • St. Louis will likely rebound in a big way in 2018-2019, especially in the wake of acquiring both Tyler Bozak and Ryan O’Reilly.  Additionally, they’ll get have many of their core players healthy again in 2018-2019.
    Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
    Chicago Blackhawks 6 13 2015 2015
    St. Louis Blues 0 3 N/A 1970
    Colorado Avalanche 2 2 2001 2001
    Dallas Stars 1 4 1999 2000
    Nashville Predators 0 1 N/A 2017

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