Is The NHL Wide Open Again This Season? We Dive Into Stanley Cup Futures

Posted By Sean Chaffin on October 1, 2019

The puck drops on the NHL season on Oct. 2 with plenty of betting options for savvy hockey fans. The season gets underway with four matchups, highlighted by the two most recent Stanley Cup champions: the St. Louis Blues hosting the Washington Capitals.

For many, the beginning of the season brings about a look at futures betting. Will the Blues repeat as champions coming off one of the great longshot stories in league history? Who are some of the favorites for 2019-20?

FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, and other oddsmakers offer NHL futures wagering and there are plenty of interesting options. Here’s a look at what to expect.

A look at the Stanley Cup favorites

Futures bettors looking for a sweat can hit the books now and lock in some teams. A few teams leap out as obvious favorites. Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning became only the second team in NHL history to win 62 games.

Then it got ugly. Tampa was swept by Columbus in the first round of the playoffs. Despite that, the Lightning remain a favorite to win the Cup with odds of +700 at FanDuel and +750 at DraftKings.

The defending Stanley Cup champions aren’t getting as much respect. FanDuel has the Blues at +1500 and DraftKings at even longer odds, +1800.

At DraftKings, in fact, two teams the Blues beat on their way to the title have shorter Cup odds. Dallas is at +1300 and Nashville at +1600.

A few other favorites include the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins fell 4-3 in the Stanley Cup finals and fetch +1000 on FanDuel and +1300 on DraftKings.

Leafs fans were pleased to see the team make the playoffs for the third straight year. That led to the third-straight first-round loss, this time to the Bruins.

Some bettors and bookmakers believe this might be the year they break that streak. Toronto has the second-lowest Cup odds on FanDuel at +950, but +1400 on DraftKings.

The Vegas Golden Knights were bounced in the first round last season, but books still think highly of them. The Knights are in the +1000 range. Plenty of Vegas bettors will again be dropping some bucks on the Knights and hoping for more 2017-18 magic.

Some longshots to consider

Bettors looking for some value may find a few diamonds in the rough to sweat this season. The Capitals are around +1600 to +1800 after winning the championship in 2018.

A talented Winnipeg Jets team faces some tough Western Conference competition, but can be had for as high as +2700. Nashville might also be worth a look at +1600 despite first-round playoff losses four of the last five years.

Colorado and San Jose battled in an unbelievable second round playoff matchup that went seven games. A bet on the Avalanche will get you odds as high as +1800 with the Sharks fetching about the same.

In the East, Carolina reached the conference finals and can be bet for as high as +2700. After sweeping the Lightning, a bet on the Blue Jackets can earn +5500.

Some of these may be a reach, but there’s a good chance the Blues won’t repeat. A team has repeated as Stanley Cup champions only five times in the last 35 years.

DraftKings and FanDuel both report that the Devils, Rangers, and Flyers are receiving the most action in US futures markets so far. The Devils have accounted for 43% of all futures handle, according to DraftKings.

Last season, the Blues’ Cup odds reached as high as 300-1. In January, St. Louis was dead last in the NHL and a title certainly seemed unlikely. Futures bettors were rewarded when the team rallied to win its first Stanley Cup.

A look at Stanley Cups futures odds

Ready to make some wagers? Here’s a complete look at 2019-20 Stanley Cup futures odds.

Stanley Cup Winner

Tampa Bay
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+750
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+700
Vegas
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+1100
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+1050
Toronto
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+1200
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+950
Boston
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+1300
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+1300
Dallas
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+1300
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+1800
St. Louis
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+1800
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+1500
Colorado
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+1700
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+1800
Nashville
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+1700
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+1600
Washington
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+1700
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+1800
Calgary
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+1800
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+2000
San Jose
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+1900
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+1800
Pittsburgh
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+2000
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+2500
Carolina
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+2100
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+2700
Florida
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+2500
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+2000
New Jersey
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+2700
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+2600
Winnipeg
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+2700
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+2400
Philadelphia
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+3200
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+3600
Montreal
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+3500
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+4200
Columbus
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+3700
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+5500
NY Islanders
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+3700
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+3300
NY Rangers
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+3700
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+4200
Chicago
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+4000
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+3600
Minnesota
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+4000
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+5500
Anaheim
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+4500
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+8000
Vancouver
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+4500
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+5500
Arizona
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+5000
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+4200
Edmonton
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+5000
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+4200
Buffalo
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+5000
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+7000
Los Angeles
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+10000
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+8000
Detroit
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+15000
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+10000
Ottawa
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+22500
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+19000

Some other interesting futures wagers

NHL fans have plenty of other futures bets to consider for some wagering. One of those is a wager on points in the standings.

For example, the Western Conference features some tough teams like St. Louis, Dallas, Vegas, San Jose, and Colorado. That battle includes some high point totals with a only a few points separating a few of these.

Winnipeg is also in the mix despite losing in the first round to the Blues last season. Bettors can wager if they’ll go over or under 93.5 points at -110.

The Blues and Stars are at 96.5 with the Avalanche at 95.5. The Knights are at 101.5 as another favorite in the west.

For the Lightning, that total is a hefty 109.5 after putting up 128 last season. Leafs bettors face a decision on 103.5 points with bookmakers putting some faith in the blue and white. An under bet would have won with that total in 2018-19, with the Leafs managing 100.

FanDuel offers numerous NHL betting markets includes head-to-head points, players season totals, leading scorers, and more. Bettors can even gamble on the league’s season-ending awards.

Hockey bettors have a lot to look forward to with futures bettors hoping some of those wagers become winners.

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Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas, and host of the True Gambling Stories podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @PokerTraditions.

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