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The Detroit Red Wings finished the 2020-21 season with a 19-27-10 record. The Red Wings hope to take another step forward next season as they continue their rebuild towards playoff contention.
Detroit is going off at +10000 on the 2022 Stanley Cup odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The team took a few steps in the right direction last season; their 0.86 points per game played was significantly better than the 0.55 points per game the Red Wings earned in 2019-20. Defense and goaltending improved as well with only 3.03 goals per game allowed compared to 3.73 per game last year. Still, the Red Wings have a long way to go on offense before they figure to get back into the picture for a playoff spot.
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning are going off at +700 to win the Stanley Cup again next season at online betting sites. In addition to having to deal with the fatigue of two straight Cup runs, the Lightning will also have to shed some talent this offseason to get under the salary cap. Still, the core of this team is elite on both ends of the ice, and no one will be taking the champions lightly next season.
The Colorado Avalanche (+500 to win the Stanley Cup in 2022) and the Vegas Golden Knights (+600) are the two teams currently listed with better odds to win the championship than the Lightning. These two teams were tied for the most points in the NHL last season with 82 each and also had the league’s two best goal differentials in Vegas’ +67 and Colorado’s +64. All signs point to another strong season for these two clubs next year.
The next batch of contenders outside of the top three are the Carolina Hurricanes (+1100), Boston Bruins (+1400), Toronto Maple Leafs (+1400), and Florida Panthers (+1800). Carolina had the Eastern Conference’s best record last season at 36-12-8 and was extremely tough to beat at home with a 20-3-5 record in Carolina. Toronto will be looking for its first playoff series win since 2004.
Longer shot contenders include the Montreal Canadiens (+2000), New York Islanders (+2000), Minnesota Wild (+2200), Edmonton Oilers (+2500), Pittsburgh Penguins (+2500) and Washington Capitals (+2500).