Goodbye, Lord Stanley: BetMGM In Prime Position With NHL Futures Liability

Written By Eli Hershkovich on May 2, 2023
Stanley Cup Betting

With the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin tonight, let’s dissect where BetMGM Sportsbook sits in regards to its Stanley Cup betting liability. There’s plenty of chaos to straighten out. Click on any of the odds below to place a wager.

Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Entering the upcoming best-of-seven series, BetMGM couldn’t have asked for a better result for its Stanley Cup futures liability. Following the Rangers’ loss to the Devils on Monday, the sportsbook’s three largest potential hits all went down.

Each came down to a Game 7. The Bruins, the clear-cut Stanley Cup betting favorite entering the postseason (+325), dropped the puck on the mayhem via their overtime loss to the Panthers on Sunday. Boston broke the NHL record for most wins (65) and most points (135) in a single season. It joins a list of teams who claimed the President’s Trophy (most regular season points) but did not win the Stanley Cup.

Moreover, David Pastrnak & Co. managed to blow a 3-1 series lead to Florida in the process. Their price tag to advance to the second round was roughly -3500 after Game 4.

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More Pain For Boston Bettors

Thanks to the Bruins’ early postseason exit, every team that has set the record for most regular season wins in the four major professional sports leagues has fallen short of a title. The 16-0 Patriots lost in Super Bowl XLII, the 116-win Mariners lost the 2001 ALCS, and the 73-9 Warriors also blew a 3-1 series edge to the LeBron James and the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals.

The Avalanche (+700), the defending Stanley Cup champions, joined the underachievers party shortly after with a 3-2 loss to the Kraken. Keep in mind, Seattle is in the midst of just its second campaign as a NHL franchise.

To wrap, the Rangers (+1200) failed to fully overcome a 3-2 series deficit versus the Devils. Adding fuel to the fire, New York went all in ahead of the NHL trade deadline, acquiring three-time Cup winner Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, Niko Mikkola, and Tyler Motte.

Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs () became favorites in Stanley Cup odds. Should they accomplish that feat, it would represent the organization’s first championship since the 1966-67 campaign. They’ve already advanced to their first second-round series in 19 years.

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