We are running towards what has come to be the most wonderful time of the year for hockey fans. In less than one month the playoff season of the NHL games is set to begin and in less than three months we are going to watch the Stanley Cup big final, which has been announced for the 8th of June – with Game 7 to be happening on 18th of June, if needed.
The regular season is coming to an end and as we are approaching the playoff season, all the action and the heat will be turning ‘red’. The sixteen teams that will qualify for the playoffs, will certainly give all fans a season to remember! And they will also give all punters many chances for a maximum betting pleasure, especially as every sportsbook around the world, including every betting site in Bangladesh, is currently working on setting odds for the big final and on developing a rich list of markets to satisfy even the most demanding bettors.
So, which are the main favorites to win the 2023 Stanley Cup? Which teams appear at the top of the bookies’ predictions and forecasts?
The Boston Bruins are now picked by sportsbooks as the number one favorite to win the Stanley Cup for the 2023 season. Although they were nowhere near the top of the list in the beginning of the season, their appearances and the skills and confidence they showcased have put them in the first position now.
With David Pastrnak and Linus Ullmark, the Bruins have come a very long way and they are constantly surprising us with their unique style and capabilities. They have the best winger and the best goalie and they can certainly go deeper and deeper in the competition, until they eventually lift the trophy! At the moment, sportsbooks generally give the Boston Bruins almost 19.5% chances of winning the Stanley Cup at the end of the season.
The Colorado Avalanche are the second favorites to get the trophy, but it seems that their glory has been seriously hit by a number of drawbacks. Key players’ injuries are keeping them from shining and it might be the main reason why they won’t be able to win the Stanley Cup for the second season in a row. Being the reigning champions give them a pinch of confidence and a strong dynamic, but without Nathan MacKinnon -who they signed prior to the kick off of the 2023 season – and Gabriel Landeskog – who is out for the whole season, the Avs appear to be struggling out there. Nevertheless, sportsbooks still think they are kind of realistic contenders of the Stanley Cup and they are giving them almost 13% chances of being the winners.
And then we have the Carolina Hurricanes, who are given by sportsbooks nearly 12.5% chances of winning the competition in the final. The Hurricanes complete the list of the top three favorites for the 2023 Stanley Cup, but some analysts believe that even with their energy shot by Max Pacioretty’s return, they won’t be able to make it in the end.