The Stanley Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies in hockey. Every year, teams of the National Hockey League (NHL) of North America fight for the right to raise this honorary banner above their heads. The Stanley Cup is awarded to the team that wins the playoff finals.
In 2023, the Vegas Golden Knights won by simply destroying the Florida Panthers. The game ended in the first 40 minutes because it was almost impossible to win back 6 goals from the Vegas Golden Knights. As a result, Vegas scored nine goals and began celebrating even before the final siren. After rejoicing and heated discussions about what went wrong, the teams rest and gain strength for the next derby in 2024. Let’s figure out which will have the best chance of success.
Toronto Maple Leafs
This team has a complex history of games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have 13 Stanley Cups, but their last was won in 1967. Some say this is due to the unlucky number 13, and the next cup will be theirs, based on their motivation and desire to take the team forward.
Based on this, the platforms providing NHL Playoff odds give them a good chance of winning the upcoming event. Of course, things can still change, but one thing is for sure – the Toronto Maple Leafs are considered a formidable opponent for any team. The coaching staff’s experience strengthens young (and not only) hockey players, motivating them to lead the team to its former glory and win the 14th Cup.
Most bookmakers and bettors bet on this team as the strongest team. But that was before their main star, Andrei Svechnikov, suffered an injury, which forced him to miss the main hockey event in North America. As a result, we stopped in the 1/2 finals of the Stanley Cup and retired, feeling the coveted prize in our hands.
Now, Svechnikov, a young and promising winger, is actively training and recovering from an injury. His charged spirit and motivation are very high since, according to many analysts, he feels some guilt in this result for the obvious favorites of the Stanley Cup 2023. Based on this, the team’s chances are quite high, if not the most promising of all the teams from our list.
Another natural disaster, but only in the hockey ecosystem, is the Colorado Avalanche. The 3-time Stanley Cup champion (most recently in 2022) was considered the heavy favorite to win last season in 2023, but Seattle sensationally eliminated the Avalanche in the first round. On the one hand, this is a sensation in sports betting since the Colorado Avalanche were clear contenders for at least the final clash. On the other hand, many guessed that inspiration alone after the victory in 2022 was not enough for good results. As a result, the team lost to an opponent much weaker than them in theory, but in practice, everything turned out differently.
Now the Colorado Avalanche are more serious, and their result should be at least the semi-finals with access to the game’s main boss. But if their results are the same as the last pre-season tournament (4 defeats out of 6 matches), this will be a blow for the team’s fans and hit the image of the recent champions.
New Jersey Devils
A dark horse that tries to improve its performance every season hopes to win the most prestigious sports event. Will they succeed this time? Tyler Toffoli will try to do this since the player shows himself quite brightly in all games, which cannot be said about other team members. The Devils performed well last season, but with each new match, the team was noticeably exhausted and did not give the best of what they could. The fans noticed this and obviously by the coaching staff, who set themselves the task of eliminating these shortcomings and being 100% ready for the Stanley Cup.
Teams with the Least Chances and Prospects
We have decided on the main contenders for the championship in the future of the event:
- Toronto Maple Leafs;
- Carolina Hurricanes;
- Colorado Avalanche;
- New Jersey Devils.
But what about the teams that you shouldn’t bet on in the first place? First of all, let’s take into account the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team has several hockey veterans, but according to analysts, they will not be able to carry the entire team on their back.
The second team worth mentioning is the Boston Bruins. The team sets a very high bar for itself, while losing all the experience and developments before, during and after matches, which often end in loss. For now, if they continue to try to do something beyond their capabilities, they have no chance. But if they are ready to accept 5th-6th place (which is also not bad for them) and will do everything for this, then they should succeed.