Stanley Cup Predictions 2023 | Who Will Win The NHL Championship?

Posted: Jun 28, 2022Last updated: Jun 28, 2022

The Colorado Avalanche finally scaled the mountain and are once again Stanley Cup champions.

The Avalanche improved to 3-0 all-time in the Stanley Cup final by polishing off the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Colorado claimed the title for the first time since 2001 and paid out for preseason futures bettors (+675) who chose the favorites to hoist the trophy.

It’s way too early to place a futures bet for 2023 since the draft and free agency still need to play out. But with odds in place, here’s a look at who could be hoisting the trophy in late spring 2023.

2023 NHL Stanley Cup Winner Odds

Here are the Stanley Cup playoff odds to win the 2023 Stanley Cup as of June 28, 2022, with betting information courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Colorado Avalanche (+450)
  • Florida Panthers (+900)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (+1000)
  • Carolina Hurricanes (+1000)
  • New York Rangers (+1000)
  • Vegas Golden Knights (+1200)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs (+1200)
  • Edmonton Oilers (+1200)
  • St. Louis Blues (+1200)
  • Minnesota Wild (+1600)
  • Calgary Flames (+1800)
  • Boston Bruins (+1800)

The Colorado Avalanche were the betting favorites for the whole 2021-22 season and are likely to open 2022-23 as the favorites to repeat.


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After Colorado comes a group of beasts from the Eastern Conference. The Florida Panthers, the 2022 Presidents’ Trophy winners, follow the Avs, then come their in-state rival Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay has appeared in the Stanley Cup final in three straight seasons and won the Cup in 2020 and 2021.

The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, who finished 1-2 in the Metropolitan Division standings and met in an extremely entertaining second-round series, are even with Tampa Bay at (+1000). The Vegas Golden Knights, who missed the playoffs despite an extremely stacked roster, and Toronto Maple Leafs, who fell to the Lightning in seven games in the first round, come next at (+1200).

2023 Stanley Cup Favorite

Colorado Avalanche (+450)

The Avalanche breezed to their first championship in 21 years by completing the Cup win tied for the second-fewest number of games played (20) since the NHL expanded to four best-of-seven playoff series in 1987.

Colorado has a roster of superstars, especially on defense, led by reigning Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cale Makar, who had a 2021-22 season for the ages. Makar finished his historic playoff run with the fourth-most points in a single playoff by a defenseman.

He’s flanked by partner Devon Toews, who also had a whale of a postseason, 20-year-old Bowen Byram, and 24-year-old Sam Girard, who missed Colorado’s final 13 playoff games with a broken sternum.

The Avalanche still have offensive superstars too such as Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, and more.

But this is poised to be an offseason of turnover in the Mile High City with 10 pending unrestricted free agents, including goalie Darcy Kuemper, playoff heroes Valeri Nichushkin and Nazem Kadri, plus MacKinnon will be a free agent after 2023, which means general manager Joe Sakic will need to prepare a new deal for him.

Still, with coach Jared Bednar calling the shots, and Sakic assembling the roster, the Avalanche don’t seem like a one-hit-wonder.

2023 Stanley Cup Contenders

Florida Panthers (+900)

The Panthers had their most successful regular season in franchise history then won their first playoff series since 1996 before getting swept at the hands of the postseason by the Lightning.

But Florida’s core will return almost entirely intact, and with new coach Paul Maurice behind the bench, the Panthers should be more committed defensively, which ultimately was their undoing against Tampa Bay.

Florida has qualified for the playoffs in three straight seasons for the first time in the team’s history and should be dangerous come playoff time in 2023 thanks to the experience and lessons learned in past postseasons. Wagering on the Panthers is a good bet.

Tampa Bay Lightning (+1000)

The Lightning might be worn out after three straight trips to the Cup Final, and their depth was certainly not as strong as it had been in previous Cup runs. Tampa Bay’s core of Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy is locked in long-term, although top-line wing Ondrej Palat is slated to become an unrestricted free agent.

But with GM Julien BriseBois, who learned under cap genius Steve Yzerman, at the helm, Tampa Bay should dream up some creative options and be among the favorites when the playoffs start next spring.

Carolina Hurricanes (+1000)

The Hurricanes were the Metro regular-season champions for the first time in their history, yet were done in by the upstart New York Rangers in seven games. Carolina still has a loaded roster, led by underrated center Sebastian Aho and defenseman Jaccob Slavin, and is well-coached by former NHL great Rod Brind’Amour.

Carolina should again be near the top of the Metro standings after the regular season and among the favorites to hoist the trophy come postseason time.

New York Rangers (+1000)

The Rangers surprised the hockey world by posting a 110-point season and advancing to the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2015. New York built a 2-0 lead on Tampa Bay before falling in six games.

The Rangers have a loaded, star-laden lineup led by 2022 Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin, 2021 Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox, 50-goal scorer Chris Kreider, and all-world forward Artemi Panarin. They are well-coached by Gerard Gallant. Their window of Cup contending is only just beginning, even with seven pending UFAs.

Author

Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered the NHL since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times, NHL.com, Sportsnet.ca, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021. His greatest successful wager was an LA Kings puck-line bet (+200) in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Final.

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