While there are 16 teams that make the Stanley Cup playoffs, outright bets on most of those squads are not recommended. Every team that makes the postseason is a good team, but that doesn’t mean that every team in the tournament has realistic championship hopes. Below is our list of the top five Stanley Cup betting favorites for the 2023 NHL Playoffs.
- Boston Bruins - Sports Interaction/Betway odds: +245/+250
As you can see from the massive spike in outright odds after the Bruins, most of the hockey world is on the Boston bandwagon this season. They are the massive favorite to win Stanley Cup 2023 and had by far the best record in the regular season. This is probably the safest outright bet you can make during the NHL postseason.
- Colorado Avalanche - Sports Interaction/Betway odds: +604/+600
The defending champs have had another stellar campaign with guys like forward Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Cale Makar still leading the charge for them. They were tied for the second-most regular season points in the Western Conference and are seemingly primed for a Finals matchup with Boston.
- Toronto Maple Leafs - Sports Interaction/Betway odds: +714/+600
It’s the hope that kills you. Every year the Maple Leafs have an exciting group of young talent and every year they let everyone down in the first round. Well, maybe not every year, but every year for the past six years. The Leafs are up early in their first round series, but they’ve given up bigger leads before. The large discrepancy in Maple Leafs odds is notable, however, so if you must bet on the Leafs to win their first Cup since the 1960s, do it on Sports interaction where there’s a ton of value rather than Betway.
- Edmonton Oilers - Sports Interaction/Betway odds: +874/+750
When you’ve got a juggernaut like Connor McDavid on your team, you’re always in the mix. While it can be a one man show sometimes, the Oilers have tons of quality around him to make some noise in these playoffs. Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are both very dangerous attacking players as well, with both having topped 100 points this season.
- Carolina Hurricanes - Sports Interaction/Betway odds: +911/+800
The best team in the Metropolitan Division is no slouch either. They played great in the first round against the New York Islanders and are primed for a deep playoff run. They don’t score a ton of goals but they defend their net like nobody’s business as evidenced by their 215 goals against in the regular season, second-fewest in the league.