2022 NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds and Predictions

It won’t be long before NHL teams begin reporting to training camp the 2021-22 regular season begins. Any talk of a Stanley Cup champion has to begin with the two-time reigning Cup winners, Tampa Bay. The Lightning captured the Stanley Cup in each of the last two COVID-shortened seasons.

The league is back to its normal 82-game schedule and its normal four-division alignment. So, which teams have the best shot at capturing this year’s Stanley Cup? Here’s a look at the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup futures odds and predictions.

Top Contenders to Win the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup

In the world of nature, an avalanche might be more destructive than lightning. For NHL oddsmakers, the Colorado Avalanche trump the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning as favorites to win this season’s title.

The Avalanche are listed as a +475 favorite to capture their first Cup since 2001. The Avs what is likely the best scoring line in hockey. Nathan MacKinnon led Colorado with 30 goals and had 65 points last season. He’s got Mikko Rantanen, who had a team-high 66 points, and Gabriel Landeskog (52) running with him. Plus, the Avs have one of the best scoring defensemen in the NHL in Cale Makar (44).

The Lightning are listed at +650 to win it all a third straight time. They have one of the deepest lineups in hockey and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is outstanding. He went 31-10-1 in 42 games last season. Staying healthy will be a key for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning have gone stretches without players like Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov missed all of the regular season last year but returned for the playoffs and was Tampa Bay’s leading scorer with 32 points.

The only other team given less than +1000 odds to win next year’s Cup is Vegas. The Golden Knights are listed at +700. They are the best defensive team in hockey. That defense gives them the opportunity to win every night.

What Vegas will not have though is goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who was outstanding in goal for the Knights. Vegas traded Fleury to Chicago making him the first goaltender since Dominik Hasek to be traded after winning the Vezina Trophy. Not having Fleury could hurt the Knights chances of a Cup run in 2022.

Longshots to Win the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup

If you’re looking for a quality longshot pick to win this year’s Cup, just look to New York City. Both the Islanders (+1800) and the Rangers (+2500) have rosters capable of winning a championship. If you recall, it was the Islanders that took the Lightning to a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.

The Islanders are as good as Vegas defensively, have a promising young goalie, and played last year’s postseason without their best scorer Anders Lee.

The Rangers have a ton of young talent as well as Adam Fox, the reigning Norris Trophy winner. Goalie Igor Shesterkin might be the best young goaltender in the NHL, plus the Rangers have veteran Artemi Panarin.

They play in an extremely tough division with the Capitals, Penguins, Islanders, and Hurricanes all playoff-caliber teams. At +2500 though, the Rangers might be a worth a shot.

2022 NHL Stanley Cup Predictions

Winning two Stanley Cups back-to-back is hard enough. Winning three? It hasn’t happened in a long time. In the era of the salary cap, three straight Cups seems almost impossible.

But, looking back, the last team to win three straight Stanley Cups was … the New York Islanders. Thinking of the Islanders, they play great defense which keeps them in games. They took Tampa Bay to a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final last year. Here’s to the Isles taking it a step further.

STANLEY CUP PICK: ISLANDERS +1800

Odds to Win 2022 Stanley Cup

Colorado Avalanche +475

Tampa Bay Lightning +650

Vegas Golden Knights +700

Toronto Maples Leafs +1000

Boston Bruins +1200

New York Islanders +1800

Florida Panthers +1800

Pittsburgh Penguins +2200

Minnesota Wild +2200

Edmonton Oilers +2200

New York Rangers +2500

Carolina Hurricanes +2500

Washington Capitals +2500

Philadelphia Flyers +3000

Dallas Stars +3500

St. Louis Blues +4000

Seattle Kraken +4500

Chicago Blackhawks +4500

Winnipeg Jets +4500

New Jersey Devils +5000

Montreal Canadiens +5000

Calgary Flames +5000

Vancouver Canucks +6000

Los Angeles Kings +7500

San Jose Sharks +10000

Nashville Predators +10000

Detroit Red Wings +15000

Ottawa Senators +20000

Buffalo Sabres +20000

Arizona Coyotes +20000

Columbus Blue Jackets +20000

Anaheim Ducks +20000

About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.