Avalanche Favored to Repeat as Stanley Cup Champs

As the Colorado Avalanche begin their title defense on Oct. 12, they enter the season as the overwhelming favorite to once again host the Stanley Cup.

Odds are available at sportsbooks, including DraftKings and FanDuel, where the Avalanche are priced as the current betting favorites. The Avs have been bet down from +400 to +380 at DraftKings. Colorado is at even shorter odds to repeat at FanDuel at +270.

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Avalanche Look to Repeat Stanley Cup Champs

The defending champions are a model franchise and have been the preseason favorite each of the past two seasons- seeing Colorado succeed in 2022 was the least surprising part of it all. But it’s a new year and the only thing more difficult than winning a Stanley Cup, is winning a Stanley Cup in back-to-back years.

The Avs lost some key pieces this summer in Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Darcy Kuemper. For most teams, that would be the offseason from hell. For the Avalanche, losing those three and still favored this highly just goes to show how solid the core of this team is.

MacKinnon and Makar One-Two Punch

Unless Colorado gets rid of Nathan Mackinnon and Cale Makar, their stock is pretty safe. Mackinnon inked an eight -year, $100.8 million contract extension this offseason that will make him the highest paid player in the NHL come the 2023-2024 season with an AAV of $12.6 million.

As for Makar, the guy is the biggest back end threat in the league and he hasn’t even reached his ceiling. In the 2022 postseason alone, the 23-year-old racked up 29 points in 20 games and capped it off by winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, joining Bobby Orr and Serge Savard as just the third player to win NHL Playoff MVP at age 23 or younger.

Question Mark Between the Pipes

The most flawed area of this Avs roster is the goaltending. Starting goalie Darcy Kuemper is now with the Washington Capitals. The Avs did acquire netminder Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers, and backup Pavel Francouz is still on the roster. Georgiev ranks 22nd in the league. Colorado did prove in the playoffs that they don’t need a top tier goaltender to get the job done, but solid goaltending would be a nice insurance policy.

What Other NHL Futures Bets Are There?

NHL Stanley Cup odds are the most popular to bet on during the offseason, but there are additional futures markets to explore around the sports betting marketplace. FanDuel deals odds on the winner of each conference and division in the NHL. You can also bet on teams to win the Presidents’ Trophy during next year’s regular season. FanDuel also offers odds on the next winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as regular-season MVP.

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FAQs

What are the current odds to win the Stanley Cup?

DraftKings is among the sportsbooks that have posted 2023 Stanley Cup odds. Colorado is the betting favorite to win next year’s Stanley Cup at +380.

Who will win the 2023 Stanley Cup?

Colorado looks like a solid choice to repeat as Stanley Cup champion. But the Avs will face stiff competition from the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, and Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2022-23 NHL season.

Where can I bet on the Stanley Cup winner?

You can find Stanley Cup odds to bet on at sportsbooks including BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, Caesars Sportsbook and BetRivers.

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