What Odds Can You Get On Canada’s Teams As NHL Season Opens?

What Odds Can You Get On Canada’s Teams As NHL Season Opens?
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It has been nearly 30 years since a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup. The 1993 Montreal Canadiens were the last team in the country to accomplish the feat, defeating the Wayne Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings in five games.

Then the drought ensued.

So when it comes to NHL betting, what do you do?

Only the Toronto Maple Leafs are considered by sportsbooks to be among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season, while the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames are in the middle of the pack when it comes to futures odds.

Here’s a rundown of each team.

Toronto Maple Leafs +900

The Leafs will be without top scorer Auston Matthews for at least the first three games of the regular season, the team announced on Monday. Matthews has yet to play in the preseason as he recovers from offseason wrist surgery and could return on Oct. 18 when Toronto plays the New York Rangers.

Matthews is the best goal-scorer in the league, recording 41 goals in 52 games for a 65-goal pace. He’s the overwhelming favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook to be the top regular-season goal scorer at +300.

The Leafs will have the luxury of not needing to rush Matthews back. John Tavares is a top line caliber centre and will move into Matthews’ spot on the top line with Mitchell Marner and Nick Ritchie.

Edmonton Oilers +2000

Edmonton has the best player in hockey, Connor McDavid, who is favored to win the Hart Trophy for the third time in his career (+200). Last season, McDavid became the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1982 to receive all 100 first-place votes for the award, tallying 33 goals and 105 points in 56 contests.

Newcomers Zach Hyman (Toronto, 33 points), Warren Foegele (Carolina, 20 points) and Derek Ryan (Calgary, 13 points), will look to alleviate the scoring pressure on McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who was second in the league in points last season with 84 (31 goals, 53 assists).

Winnipeg Jets +4500

The Jets lost Mason Appleton to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft a month after getting swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. But otherwise the team managed to retain most of its roster, including re-signing top-line center Paul Stastny to a one-year deal.

Winnipeg also acquired defensemen Brenden Dillon and Nate Schmidt through trades to bolster its defense. Each of the newcomers should play a top-four role on the team this season.

The Jets will hope that their offense will remain in the top third in scoring and that their defense will improve with the new acquisitions. With goalie Connor Hellebuyck, the second favorite for the Vezina Trophy (+1000), the team will elevate itself as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Calgary Flames +4500

This will be the first full season under coach Darryl Sutter, who took over on March 4 after Geoff Ward was fired as the team’s head coach. Calgary went 15-15 with Sutter and finished fifth in the North Division, missing the playoffs.

The Flames will look to stop the downward trend their offense has faced over the past three seasons. In 2018-19 the team averaged 3.52 goals per game, then 2.91 the following season before averaging just 2.77 in 2020-21.

Montreal Canadiens +5000

The Canadiens will be without goalie Carey Price for an unforeseen amount of time. Price entered the NHL Players Assistance Program for mental health support and will be in it for a minimum of 30 days. He is expected to join the team at some point this season.

Montreal will now look to Jake Allen, who was Price’s backup and played in 29 games last season. The team also claimed Sam Montembeault on waivers from the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

In addition to Price’s absence, the team will be without key parts from its Stanley Cup final run a season ago. Phillip Danault is in Los Angeles. Tomas Tatar has been a reliable scorer for the team the past three years but is now in New Jersey. Jesperi Kotkaniemi moved to the Hurricanes. Plus, veteran defenseman Shea Weber might not play again because of injuries.

Vancouver Canucks +6000

No. 1 center Elias Pettersson and top defenseman Quinn Hughes re-signed with the team but missed the start of training camp and most of the preseason. With two key parts joining the team late, head coach Travis Green is worried the team could duplicate its slow start from last season when Vancouver began 6-11-1.

Ottawa Senators +20000

The Senators are tied for the worst odds to win the Stanley Cup this season. Ottawa was expected to be bad last season and the team was, losing 21 of its first 30 games. Its young core showed improvement, with Brady Tkachuk and Connor Brown leading the team in scoring with 36 and 35 points.

But it’s on defense where the issues are magnified. Ottawa allowed the fourth-most goals in the league (189) and had the fourth-worst save percentage (.895).