2024-25 NHL Stanley Cup Odds and Predictions

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The Florida Panthers staved off a historic collapse and are now the new NHL champions. While it’s an amazing moment, these moments do pass quickly. Before long, all anyone will think about is what the latest 2024-25 NHL Stanley Cup odds are.

Are the Panthers entering the new season as the favorites to defend their first ever title? Will it be the never-say-die Edmonton Oilers who the top betting sites like the most? Or could it be someone else?

The NHL off-season kicks off with the 2024 NHL Draft odds being dissected, but before long, our focus will once again be on who will win the Stanley Cup.

To answer that, let’s analyze the top contenders, inspect my favorite sleepers, and work toward my ultimate prediction for 2024-25.

Latest 2024-25 Stanley Cup Finals Odds

The early NHL odds to win the 2024-25 Stanley Cup favor the Panthers, who just got done winning their first NHL title. Right behind them are the Oilers, who they beat.

Only one other team has odds better than +1000, but 10 teams in all have odds at +2000 or better. Here is where most of the teams stand going into next year.

Odds for the 2024-25 Stanley CupOdds for the 2024-25 Stanley Cup
Florida Panthers +650Edmonton Oilers +700
Dallas Stars +900New York Rangers +1100
Carolina Hurricanes +1200Colorado Avalanche +1400
Toronto Maple Leafs +1800Vegas Golden Knights +1800
New Jersey Devils +2000Vancouver Canucks +2000
Boston Bruins +2200Los Angeles Kings +2200
Winnipeg Jets +2500Tampa Bay Lightning +2800
Detroit Red Wings +3300Nashville Predators +3500
Buffalo Sabres +4000Minnesota Wild +4000
New York Islanders +4000Ottawa Senators +4000
Pittsburgh Penguins +4000St. Louis Blues +4000

You can find pricing for the remaining teams at the top NHL sportsbooks, although the NHL title odds above were pulled from BetOnline. The point? It’s fairly likely next year’s champion is from the above list.

Is it going to be a team that just got done playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, though? It feels unlikely. The Panthers surely have raw emotion coursing through their veins, but this was also quite the roller coaster, as they went up 3-0 and nearly endured the most epic collapse in sports history.

No team had ever come back from an 0-3 hole at this stage before, and now the Oilers feel borderline invincible. Of course, Edmonton wasn’t even the best team in their own division during the regular season last year, and this was Florida’s second straight trip to the Stanley Cup.

In other words, it stands to reason that Florida’s reign atop the Eastern Conference will dry up eventually, while Edmonton could suffer from a massive near-historic-finish hangover.

What’s worse, is bettors have to pay to possibly see these teams turn around and get right back where they just were. Some sports handicappers may suggest searching for a bit more value, seeing as the NHL Playoffs tend to give way to some pretty wild variance.

Of course, let’s not leave any stone unturned. Before we seek out extra value, let’s find out if backing Florida to repeat makes sense.

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Why Are the Florida Panthers the 2024-25 Stanley Cup Odds Favorites?

Florida finally did it. After an early tease in just their third season, the Panthers withstood years of losing to get back to the Stanley Cup. They even had to fend off a pesky Oilers team that flat out would not die, but they’ve been crowned champions, nonetheless.

The Panthers had been here before, but after 30 years of existence after being added as an expansion team, they finally got to raise the trophy over their heads.

The Panthers weren’t a mega surprise this time. They reached the Finals a year ago and had 52+ wins for the second time in three years. Everyone has known they were capable for a while now, but actually seeing it through and earning the banner has people (and bettors) seeing Florida in a different light.

Should they, though?

I’m not so sure. For one, it’s not exactly easy to navigate the troublesome waters of an NHL playoff run, let alone do it in successive seasons. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh have been able to do it when looking back at the last decade, but are the Panthers on their level?

They don’t have to be seen that way to be favored, of course. You can decide later if you like their Stanley Cup odds, or their chances to repeat. All you need to know is they were good enough to finally win the big one, and the top sportsbooks are giving them the respect they deserve.

Florida will need to make sure they can bring back Sam Reinhart (2nd with 57 goals in 2024) to guide an offense that ranked 11th in goals, 8th in power play &, and second in shots per game. Of course, this squad also allowed the fewest goals in the NHL. If the Panthers maintain that type of elite balance again next year, they undoubtedly have a chance to go back-to-back.

Top 2024-25 Stanley Cup Contenders

Florida just got done staving off a historic collapse – and finishing an amazing 3-0 start. Either way you look at them, the Panthers are first-time champs, and they’ll absolutely do everything they can to come back and do it again.

Winning consecutive titles at any level isn’t easy, though. Bettors need to pay mind to the Oilers and any other contenders that could get in Florida’s way.

Starting with Edmonton, there are four standout 2024-25 Stanley Cup title threats I’d be eager to bet on instantly.

Edmonton Oilers +700

I can’t possibly write about next year’s Stanley Cup winner without a tipping of the cap to the Oilers. Not only did they bring out some fervor when it comes to their fan base, but this team nearly accomplished the impossible.

No team had ever stormed back from an 0-3 hole to claim a Stanley Cup title, and Edmonton nearly did just that. They ultimately came up short, but they’ll be hungry to finish the job after coming so close.

It’s not like the cupboard is bare for Edmonton, either. They have one of the best stars in hockey in Connor McDavid. In fact, he’s so good that he won the Conn Smythe award despite not even winning the championship.

That’s about as impressive as it gets.

Edmonton isn’t a lock to win it all next year, but they could take on the plight that Florida did. The Panthers endured a similar fate, as they reached the Final the year prior, but fell short.

The Oilers finished second in the Pacific Division last year, and have one of the better offensive attacks in the NHL. They’ll be back in the mix, and at +700, we need to consider them.

Dallas Stars +900

You can get a bit more value with a team like Dallas, who had one of the best records in all of hockey a year ago (52-21-9) and claimed first place in the Western Conference.

Dallas was contending for a title as recent as 2020, when they fell short (4-2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Stars were close to returning this year, as they made it the the series before the Stanley Cup, falling to Edmonton.

That’s two straight trips to the Conference Finals, so we know they’re itching to get back and finish the job. They certainly have the goods offensively, as they ranked third in goals per game (3.59) last season, and got strong production out of Jason Robertson (80 points, 51 assists, and 29 goals).

If you’re making early NHL picks that have a real shot at going the distance, the Stars need to be on your radar.

Carolina Hurricanes +1200

Another possible 2024-25 Stanley Cup contender is the Hurricanes. Carolina had one of the best defenses in the NHL a year ago, allowing just 2.57 goals per game (4th). They also exploited the league’s second best power play % (26.9), and scored eight shutouts (tops in NHL).

Carolina didn’t quite do enough to win the Metro Division, but they weren’t far behind the New York Rangers, finishing in second at 52-23-7. They also were no slouches offensively, as they racked up 279 goals and ranked 8th with 3.38 goals per game.

The Hurricanes took a step back this past season, to be sure. Despite a strong regular season and a stingy defense, they lost in the second round to the rival Rangers. The year prior, they got to the Conference Finals and fell to the now champion Panthers.

There are whispers they could be aggressive on the open market, too.

On defense alone, Carolina is a team worth backing. If they make a big splash, my interest will only grow. 

They have one of the best young goalies in hockey in Pyotr Kochetkov (2nd with 2.33 goals allowed per game), and they have the experience to rise up and make a deep run in 2024-25.

Colorado Avalanche +1400

My last contender for 2024-25 is the Avalanche. Colorado won it all pretty recently (2022), and have understandably taken a mild step back since. There’s something about winning a title that can take some steam out of you, and maybe that plays into Colorado’s mild decline.

There isn’t any real reason to hate the Avalanche, though. Since winning that championship, they’ve still churned out two straight 50+ win seasons, won the Central in 23, and made the playoffs both years.

Colorado got bounced within the first two rounds both seasons, but perhaps enough time has passed that they’ll be a bit hungrier come 2024-25. There’s no denying their talent, nor the betting value you’re getting with them at this sweet +1400 price.

Nathan McKinnon (4th in goals last year) provides serious star power for a talented offense that also features Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar. This offense was nasty in 2023-24, pacing the NHL in goals scored per game (3.68), and also leading the way in total points, and ranking second in power play goals (68).

Defensively, Colorado was more of a middle of the pack unit. If they can tighten up the back end without sacrificing their offensive production, their +1400 Stanley Cup odds look rather appealing.

Best 2024-25 Stanley Cup Sleepers

Want even more value when betting on who will win the 2024-25 NHL Stanley Cup Finals? I don’t blame you, especially since the NHL Playoffs in general can be such a crapshoot.

Seriously, there is obviously a top favorite every single year, and how often do they fail? There have been a couple of teams to repeat over the past decade, but otherwise predicting how this unfolds before the season begins is difficult.

If there’s a better sport to lean on expert handicappers for, I’m not sure what it is. Regardless, if you want value – and solid teams that look like logical bets – I’ve got just the two squads for you.

Winnipeg Jets +2500

The Jets are a very strong defensive team that is going to get some attention with these +2500 Stanley Cup betting odds. 

They ranked 11th in shots allowed on goal in 2023-24, while they were literally as stingy as the eventual champion Panthers, finishing tied for first in goals allowed per game (2.42).

Winnipeg’s defense, unfortunately, did not show up in the NHL playoffs this past year. They needed an insane 7-6 overtime win to claim their only victory against Colorado, and otherwise allowed 5+ goals in every single game.

Brutal, right? It wasn’t good, but the overall evidence still supports Winnipeg as a viable Stanley Cup value bet. They’ve only been in existence in the NHL since 2010-2011, and yet they’ve made the tournament seven times.

There haven’t been many deep runs, but the Jets do have the defensive tools to contend. Josh Morrissey (17th in assists) and Kyle Connor (23rd in goals) also fuel a capable offense that ranked 15th in goals scored per contest.

Oddly enough, neither aspect of this squad showed up when it mattered most. If the Jets can retool slightly and maintain their defense (and actually translate it to the playoffs), I think their +2500 price tag is rather inviting.

Tampa Bay Lightning +2800

Getting the Tampa Bay Lightning at +2800 Stanley Cup Finals odds feels like robbery. Granted, they’re not exactly the team that claimed consecutive titles in 2020 and 2021, but they’re also not light years away from it.

Tampa Bay did reach the 2022 Finals a third straight year in 2021-22, after all. They’ve regressed since then, falling short of 50 wins in each of the last two seasons. They did still make the playoffs both times, but haven’t been able to escape the first round after three straight years of deep playoff journeys.

Perhaps fatigue was a factor. One could even argue it’s just that they’re getting a bit long in the tooth.

The Lightning won fewer games these past two years, but they still were the 5th best offense in the NHL (3.51 goals per game) and were powered by several elite scorers in Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov, and the ageless Steven Stamkos.

Offensively, I think Tampa Bay can still bang heads with anyone. They weren’t quite up to snuff defensively, however. If they can improve that aspect of their game, their talent, playoff pedigree, and surprising odds do combine to make them an attractive Stanley Cup Finals sleeper pick.

2024-25 NHL Stanley Cup Prediction

There is a ton of value associated with betting on who the 2024-25 Stanley Cup winner will be. I do think there’s too much stock put in the two teams who just competed for the title, though.

Obviously the Panthers deserve credit and could certainly repeat. And Edmonton is a very good team who could rally and finish the job next season. But both of these teams lack a lot of upside when looking to next year’s Finals.

Both are viable, but I’d rather obtain a little more value and roll with a contender like the Hurricanes that can really buckle down defensively, or an elite offensive squad with gobs of experience like the Lightning.

Tampa Bay’s run could be over, admittedly. That has me hanging my betting hat on the Hurricanes for next year. They’re a good price for a team that can defend well and is also dangerous on the offensive side.

Bet: Carolina Hurricanes +1200

Recent NHL Stanley Cup Finals Champions

Last 10 NHL Stanley Cup Winners
2024 – Florida Panthers
2023 – Vegas Golden Knights
2022 – Colorado Avalanche
2021 – Tampa Bay Lightning
2020 – Tampa Bay Lightning
2019 – St. Louis Blues
2018 – Washington Capitals
2017 – Pittsburgh Penguins
2016 – Pittsburgh Penguins
2015 – Chicago Blackhawks
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