Following Tuesday’s Game 5 victory, the Vegas Golden Knights are the champions of the National Hockey League and the bearers of Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The conclusion of the series means that the page turns on the 2022-23 season and the attention is now on the next one.
Below are the early 2023-24 Stanley Cup odds including a couple of favorites and a dark horse to win hockey’s most prizes possession next season.
2024 Stanley Cup odds: Colorado Avalanche favored to win (+700 at Caesars)
The 2021-22 Stanley Cup champions fell to the upstart Seattle Kraken in seven games, which was a disappointing result.
But there are plenty of reasons why this team is a favorite after claiming the top spot in the Central Division with 109 points in the regular season.
The Avalanche have two of the top eight point scorers in the NHL from last season in Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, both of whom tallied over 100 points.
Colorado is going to be back in the postseason, likely playing at home, and have as good a chance as any to claim its second title in three seasons.
Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup odds (+800 or better)
That’s right, how can we leave out the most recent Stanley Cup champion as most of the players are still partying from the victory? Currently second on Caesars’ odds board, who is to say that Vegas can’t make a run again next season after running through the Western Conference and dominating the red-hot Panthers?
Despite securing 111 points, it still felt somewhat improbable about Adin Hill (or Laurent Brossoit before him) leading the Golden Knights to a title. But here we are, and this team along with Hill in goal proved their mettle over and over again throughout the postseason.
Odds at just 8-to-1 do feel a bit low, but hey, you could say there’s no hotter team in hockey.
2023-24 Stanley Cup odds: Edmonton Oilers (+1200 or better)
The Oilers have the top two scorers in the NHL from this past season and possibly the best two players on Earth in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
But for their combined 281 regulars-season points and 109 points as a team, Edmonton was eliminated in six games by the eventual-champion Golden Knights.
On the positive side, the Oiiers did win a first-round series against Los Angeles and despite his struggles against Vegas, they may have found something in rookie goaltender Stuart Skinner.
Whichever way they go in net, however, this team has the firepower to be back in the positon it was this season. And oddsmakers are certainly worried about taking liability on this team by setting such a low line from the very beginning.
Stanley Cup long shot odds: New York Rangers (+2000 or better)
The New York Rangers were in position to make a Florida-type run through the East, especially as the Panthers were knocking off Boston. But they were a huge letdown in a seven-game loss to New Jersey in the opening round.
New York’s roster should look a bit different, as will its bench with Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette and his 752 career wins taking over at Madison Square Garden.
Assuming the stars such as Panarin, Zibanejad, Fox, and Kreider are still around, we’ll back the Rangers potentially taking a few extra steps behind world-class Vezina winner Igor Shesterkin.
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