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    NHL 2021-22 Outright Bets Update: Picking Canadian Teams' Fates

    NHL 2021-22 Outright Bets Update: Picking Canadian Teams' Fates

    It is an arduous road to the Stanley Cup Finals and the Toronto Maple Leafs stand with the best chances to win Canada's first cup since 1993. The recent Stanley Cup Final betting odds have them at fifth behind two powerhouse teams in their division. The Albertan teams, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, also have a shot while the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks remain longshots.

    Stanley Cup Winner sports-interaction betway betonline

    Colorado Avalanche

    5.62 5.50 5.50

    Florida Panthers

    7.58 7.00 8.50

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    9.00 8.50 8.50

    Carolina Hurricanes

    9.00 9.00 10.00

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    10.00 10.00 10.00

    Vegas Golden Knights

    10.00 10.00 10.50

    Calgary Flames

    12.00 12.00 11.00

    Edmonton Oilers

    18.00 23.00 29.00

    Winnipeg Jets

    52.00 81.00 101.00

    Vancouver Canucks

    88.00 101.00 126.00

    Stanley Cup Picks: Which Canadian Team Has The Best Odds?

    Not too long ago, we were touting the Vancouver Canucks with our NHL 2021-22 picks update. At this time, they were 125-1 to win the cup and it has since dropped in many books. We haven't changed our mind on their odds though, of the top three Canadian teams on the board, we like the Calgary Flames based on their odds. 

    The Flames have been on fire, no pun intended. Winners of 10 straight, Calgary has been unstoppable this season blending physicality and hard-nosed defense with speed and scoring prowess. Coach Daryl Sutter is a proven leader behind the bench and is repeating the magic he instilled with the two-time Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings.

    At 11-1, the Flames are a better choice than the Leafs, who face a more perilous path getting to the Final. The Edmonton Oilers appear to be headed in the right direction as well but this team does not have the defense or goaltending Calgary possesses.

    SBR's Pick - Calgary Flames - Stanley Cup Winner (12.00). If you'd like, you can wait a bit until Calgary cools off a little. This team can't keep this up and a losing skid, especially when they drop from the top spot in the division, will lengthen their odds and make them a more lucrative choice.

    Outright 2021-22 NHL Picks: How Far Can These Teams Go?

    The Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs are shoo-ins for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You will find most NHL betting odds have Calgary as the favourite to win the division while the Leafs are just a few points away from clinching a playoff berth. But what about the other Canadian teams whose fates are still in the air?

    Edmonton Oilers

    The Edmonton Oilers are the wild cards of the Canadian teams. This team looks like a Stanley Cup contender in some weeks then plays like an NHL Lottery team the next. However, the addition of power forward Evander Kane appears to be a shrewd tactic as he brings some grit and intensity in a team that sorely needed it.

    SBR's Pick - To Make Playoffs - Yes (1.27). There is an outside chance that Edmonton wins the division though 8-1 is too short of a line. If this moves up to 10-1 or greater, sprinkle a bit on the Oilers. This team is 10-3-1 since snapping its winless skid in mid-January. For now, betting on them to make the playoffs is free money. 

    Winnipeg Jets

    On the flip side, we have the Winnipeg Jets who have been rudderless for most of the year. Paul Maurice stepped down as coach earlier in the year and Winnipeg has played .500 hockey since. This team has barely a prayer to finish in the top three in the brutal Central Division and are at least seven points behind the final Wild Card spot. The team may finally miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2016-17 season.  

    SBR's Pick - To Make Playoffs - No (1.13). We are not giving up on Winnipeg entirely. While we think this team can make a run, the rest of the West is loaded with Dallas and Vancouver being ahead of them in the race. The value is not the best, but either bet on Winnipeg to miss the playoffs or just pass.

    Vancouver Canucks

    Our favourite underdogs, the Vancouver Canucks have slowed down a little since Bruce Boudreau took over but are still in a good position to "sneak" into the playoffs. Right now, the betting lines are nearly paying out four times your investment if Vancouver completes the job. That is too good to pass up.

    SBR's Pick - To Make Playoffs - Yes (4.75). Since Boudreau's first game as coach, Vancouver has had a .667 point percentage, which is the eighth-best in the NHL and better than Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Dallas, teams they are all competing against for that final spot. It will be a close race but we trust the Canucks to outlast them and return to the postseason. 

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