It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to the semifinal round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With one series already underway and another set to drop the puck Monday night, it’s time to take a look at the updated Stanley Cup odds.
Here, we’ve previewed the teams, along with an updated look at their Stanley Cup odds.
Updated 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Betting Odds
Vegas Golden Knights +110
The Golden Knights are competing in their third semifinal round in their four-season existence. Whether you love or hate that fact, it’s still impressive. Marc-André Fleury underwent a career revival this season, posting career bests in regular-season save percentage (.928) and GAA (1.98). Fleury was also named a Vezina finalist.
Vegas has a well-balanced team, with offensive scoring depth, physical defense, and quality goaltending. According to MoneyPuck.com, the Golden Knights have a 64.8% chance to advance to the Cup Final, the highest of any team in the semifinals.
Tampa Bay Lightning +220
The defending champions are back, and they have arguably a better roster this time around. Tampa Bay could become the second team in the Salary Cap era to win back-to-back Stanley Cups if they can get by the New York Islanders.
While a Game One loss at home was certainly troubling, Tampa Bay has not lost consecutive playoff games since 2019. With the playoffs’ leading scorer in Nikita Kucherov (five goals, 14 assists in 12 games), one of the league’s best goaltenders in Andrei Vasilevskiy (four consecutive Vezina finalist nominations, including a win in 2019), and the experience of winning with this group before, Tampa Bay is still the team to beat, even without being the odds-on favorite.
New York Islanders +320
Led by goaltender Semyon Varlamov, the New York Islanders won Game One of the semifinal series against the Lightning, and even better, they won it in Tampa Bay. Taking the first game on the road is huge, as the Islanders were 21-4-3 at home in the regular season and 4-1-1 at home in the playoffs.
Trade deadline pickup Kyle Palmieri leads the team with seven goals, second among remaining playoff scorers. Mathew Barzal has goals in four of his last five games and is always a threat to score. However, with Varlamov playing well and a defensive system that slows down even the most potent of opposing offenses, the Islanders don’t need to light up a scoreboard to win games. Still, as a team, the Islanders have been scoring on nearly 10% of their 5-on-5 chances and lead the remaining teams in goals per game (3.46). New York could be a great value pick.
Montreal Canadiens +1100
One of the unlikeliest teams to advance to the semifinals in years, the Canadiens found their groove while trailing the Maple Leafs three games to one in the first round. They have not been behind in any game since then.
Carey Price is playing well, the team is performing above advanced stat expectations, and everyone is bought in to Dominique Ducharme’s coaching style (Ducharme took over as head coach in late February). While they are missing several key contributors, the Canadiens are a scrappy team playing well at the right time of year. The +1100 odds are about right, but Montreal is nowhere near ready for their fairy tale run to come to an end.