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NHL Conference Finals Odds, Early Picks for 2021-22

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  • Early opening odds for NHL Eastern Conference and Western Conference
  • NHL to return to original format in 2021-22 after changes to schedule last season

The start of the new NHL regular season brings with it renewed hope for all teams involved. It was recently announced that the league would be returning to its original format this coming season, which means that the Eastern and Western conferences will return. Changes were made last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions that were in place.

Western Conference Odds & Picks

TeamVegas Odds
Colorado Avalanche+275
Vegas Golden Knights+375
Dallas Stars+1100
Minnesota Wild+1100
Edmonton Oilers+1200
Seattle Kraken+1400
St Louis Blues+1600
Winnipeg Jets+1600
Calgary Flames+2200
Chicago Blackhawks+2200
Nashville Predators+2500
Vancouver Canucks+3300
Los Angeles Kings+3300
San Jose Sharks+3300
Anaheim Ducks+6600
Arizona Coyotes+6600

The Western Conference looks set for another competitive season, but the Las Vegas odds currently see two sides as the leading chances. Unsurprisingly, the Colorado Avalanche are the franchise at the top of the betting for the Western Conference, as they are also the favorites for the Stanley Cup in 2022.

The Avalanche enjoyed a decent season last year, as they effortlessly made it through the first round of the playoffs with a whitewash 4-0 success over the St Louis Blues. However, they were beaten in the following round by the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2.

The Golden Knights are the close second favorites at present, as their season came unstuck with a semi-final series defeat against the Montreal Canadiens. Both franchises were in the top four when the Western Conference was last competed in 2019-20, with the Avalanche finishing just about the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights could be the value pick at this stage of proceedings, as they look to go one better than last season and reach the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in their history.

Free Pick:

  • Vegas Golden Knights

Eastern Conference Odds & Picks

TeamVegas Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+375
Carolina Hurricanes+700
Boston Bruins+750
Toronto Maple Leafs+800
New York Rangers+900
New York Islanders+1000
Florida Panthers+1100
Philadelphia Flyers+1600
Pittsburgh Penguins+1600
Washington Capitals+1600
Montreal Canadiens+1800
New Jersey Devils+3300
Ottawa Senators+4000
Columbus Blue Jackets+5000
Buffalo Sabres+10000
Detroit Red Wings+12500

It was a highly unusual circumstance last season, as both Stanley Cup finalists came from the Eastern Conference. Ultimately, it was a historical occasion for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they successfully regained the Stanley Cup for a second consecutive season. It would come as no shock to any fan that the Lightning are once again the favorites for the Eastern Conference title this season.

Beaten Stanley Cup finalists, the Canadiens, are one of the biggest prices for the Eastern Conference as they are valued at +1800. The main competition for the Eastern Conference title could come from the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins.

The latter of those could be the most realistic contender, as they made it through to the second round of the playoffs before being beaten by the New York Islanders last season. They will certainly improve, but it is still hard to look past the Lightning, who have dominated the NHL for the past couple of years.

Free Pick:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex has covered huge sporting events for various websites and publications. He has attended football European Championships, Rugby League and Union World Cups, and the Paralympics. Alex is dedicated to giving the most insightful tips for VegasOdds readers and specialises in horse racing, soccer, golf and basketball.

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