The first round of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs is in the rearview mirror. There were five series that went to a Game 7. If you thought the first round was great, there is much more in store for the second round and beyond. It is always the best time of year and only eight teams remain.
There will only be one champion and it is never too late to bet on a 2023 Stanley Cup Champion. Sports news is currently discussing who will win each series in the second round. What are the updated odds for the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup title?
Colorado Avalanche +175
The Colorado Avalanche are the favorites to win the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup title and this has been the case all season long. Colorado swept away the Nashville Predators in the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Avalanche have two superstars in Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar.
They have other players that can score with ease like Gabriel Landeskog, Nazem Kadri, and Mikko Rantanen. Darcy Kuemper will need to be sensational in net.
The Colorado Avalanche needs to get past the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Colorado’s head coach is Jared Bednar.
They will be playing the tough and pesky St. Louis Blues in the second round. If the Colorado Avalanche gets past this series, this will be the first time since 2002 they have been in the Western Conference Finals. Colorado lost to the Detroit Red Wings that year.
Last Stanley Cup title won: 2001 vs New Jersey Devils.
Florida Panthers +375
The Florida Panthers have the second-best odds to win the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup title. Florida was battle-tested big time in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals. The Panthers trailed 2-1 in the series and won three straight games, but none of them came easy.
Florida trailed 2-1 in Game 4, trailed 3-0 in Game 5, and won in overtime in Game 6. That is championship pedigree by never giving up.
Carter Verhaeghe was the hero of the first round for this hockey team. Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau need to step it up in Round 2 for the Panthers.
Andrew Brunette is the head coach of this hockey team. They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Florida Panthers met them last year in Round 1 and the Lightning took them out in six games. Revenge is on their minds.
Sergei Bobrovsky has to outplay Andrei Vasilevskiy in net or Spencer Knight might see the net. The Florida Panthers have not been to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1996 when they lost to the Colorado Avalanche and Florida has not won it all in franchise history.
Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes +650
These three hockey teams all have the third-best odds to win the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup title. The Calgary Flames will be facing off against the Edmonton Oilers, for the Battle of Alberta in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Calgary and Edmonton hate each other.
The Flames needed seven games in overtime against the Dallas Stars to win the series. Calgary is thankful that they don’t need to deal with the headache of goalie Jake Oettinger anymore, but they have another headache to deal with in Connor McDavid.
Jacob Markstrom will hold the fort down in net for Calgary. Darryl Sutter is the head coach of this hockey team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the defending back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. Tampa Bay took down the Toronto Maple Leafs after trailing 3-2 in the series. The Lightning may run out of gas eventually though for head coach Jon Cooper’s squad.
The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you want to show your support for the Bruins, make sure you never miss a game by checking Bruins schedule. Carolina has four lines that can score and they can also defend. The Hurricanes will face the New York Rangers in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.