2022 Stanley Cup Predictions – NHL Playoff Champion Best Betting Picks

It’s hard to believe that we are into the dog days of summer. Despite that, we are just four weeks away from preseason hockey and less than two months from regular season hockey.

Odds and futures are out already for the 2022 NHL season, and this betting tipster figures to make some picks already — including a bet pick or several for the 2022 Stanley Cup winner.

Those include Stanley Cup Champion odds as well. 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Champion odds for these NHL playoff betting picks provided by DraftKings.

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Odds

Here are the top 16 favorites to lift the 2022 Stanley Cup trophy:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning (+600)
  • Colorado Avalanche (+500)
  • Vegas Golden Knights (+700)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (+1000)
  • Boston Bruins (+1200)
  • New York Islanders (+1800)
  • Florida Panthers (+1800)
  • Edmonton Oilers (+2200)

As of August 27, the current betting favorites are the Colorado Avalanche (+500). While they are in the Pacific Division, ironically Vegas will be their biggest roadblock.

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins (+2200)
  • Minnesota Wild (+2200)
  • Washington Capitals (+2500)
  • New York Rangers (+2500)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (+2500)
  • Philadelphia Flyers (+3000)
  • Dallas Stars (+3500)
  • St. Louis Blues (+4000)

The Florida Panthers (+1800) are hardly a sleeper pick but a surprise given the talent they have added. It probably boils down to goaltending (Spencer Knight / Sergei Bobrovsky).

Lastly, do not forget the Dallas Stars (+3500). They were two games and a few healthy players away from winning the Stanley Cup in 2020. A fully healthy Dallas team seems like a pipedream but here’s to hoping.

Here are the 16 teams initially picked to finish out of the playoff race:

  • Winnipeg Jets (+4500)
  • Chicago Blackhawks (+4500)
  • Seattle Kraken (+4500)
  • Calgary Flames (+5000)
  • New Jersey Devils (+5000)
  • Montreal Canadiens (+5000)
  • Vancouver Canucks (+6000)
  • Los Angeles Kings (+7500)
  • San Jose Sharks (+10000)
  • Nashville Predators (+10000)
  • Detroit Red Wings (+15000)
  • Anaheim Ducks (+20000)
  • Arizona Coyotes (+20000)
  • Buffalo Sabres (+20000)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (+20000)
  • Ottawa Senators (+20000)

The most obvious surprise is the Seattle Kraken (+4500). Seattle possesses shorter odds than just 13 established NHL teams. Granted, the Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, but this Seattle squad is built differently.

The Montreal Canadiens (+5000), last year’s Stanley Cup finalists, are also expected to miss the postseason.

New Jersey is another surging team. They were +10000 before free agency and are +5000 now. Adding Dougie Hamilton helped the Devils’ odds that much apparently.

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Sleeper Bet Picks

Nashville Predators To Win 2022 Stanley Cup (+10000)

It is fun to come out of the gates swinging here. One of the hottest teams of the second half last season were the Nashville Predators.

With Juuse Saros taking over the reins in goal, Nashville surged into a playoff berth and proved to be a very tough out against the Carolina Hurricanes.

If Nashville finds a way to get rid of some more dead weight and improves its special teams in any way, look out.

Keep in mind, they are at a crossroads, though. One or two wrong moves by David Poile completely blows this prediction up before it even gets a scoring chance, though.

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Dallas Stars To Win 2022 Stanley Cup (+3500)

Health is the greatest opponent going against the Dallas Stars this 2021-22 season.

If Rick Bowness has a healthy team in front of them, they very well could be a Stanley Cup finalist once more.

With Tyler Seguin fully recovered and raring to go, Dallas has the makeup of a team that can make postseason noise.

If Anton Khudobin can find his 2020 form once more, Dallas becomes that much more dangerous. It will be interesting to see how the goaltending situation plays out and that may be also very fateful to this prediction.

Dallas has the ability to go on a deep run, and few could see it coming, which gives this wager plenty of upside.

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2022 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Prediction

Florida Panthers To Win 2022 Stanley Cup (+1800)

2020 featured the bubble. 2021 featured a shortened season. The likelihood of 2021-22 is that all 82 games are played along with an Olympic Break.

This could favor a team like the Florida Panthers. Do not be surprised if Spencer Knight takes the conch and runs with this in goal. With the team loaded in all other facets, it comes down to the backstop.

Most will forget that Florida will get a healthy Aaron Ekblad back on the blueline. Injuries can always play a pivotal role but if things break right, the Florida Panthers could wind up playing the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final.

MY bold prediction has Florida winning the Stanley Cup for Joe Thornton in seven games.

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