The 2021-2022 NHL Playoff odds are on the move as the first round has concluded and the second round is about to begin. The Colorado Avalanche began this year’s playoffs as the Stanley Cup favorites and did nothing but further solidify their status at the top, defeating the Nashville Predators in a four-game first round sweep. Entering the second round, the Avalanche are -125 to win the Western Conference and only +190 to win the Stanley Cup. There’s a sizable drop off in odds to the next tier of teams with the Florida Panthers second at +380 (and also +155 to win the Eastern Conference). Next in line are the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning, with the Lightning being especially notable as they’re actually underdogs in the second round against the aforementioned Panthers. Behind that group are a handful of teams that are still longshots to make a Stanley Cup run in the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
The Avalanche are unsurprisingly very large favorites yet again for their second round playoff series with a line set at -400 against the St. Louis Blues. It’s by far the most lopsided series according to the betting odds, and the rest of the second round matchups all have favorites that are below -200 to win. The Hurricanes and Flames are both -190 against the Rangers and Oilers, and the Panthers are -170 against the Lightning. Betting for the Conn Smythe Trophy (for the MVP of the NHL Playoffs) follows a similar theme, as a pair of Avalanche players in Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are the co-leaders at +550 heading into the second round, and there’s a very large gap between those two and the rest of the field.
The 2021-2022 NHL Playoffs begin Monday May 2.
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2020-2021 Stanley Cup.
Eight teams from each conference are in the 2021-2022 NHL Playoffs for a total of 16 teams.
At the start of the playoffs the Colorado Avalanche are favored to win the Stanley Cup at +330, followed by the Florida Panthers at +550.