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Dominant postseason makes Avalanche favorites to build NHL’s next dynasty

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The dethronement of the two-time reigning champion The Tampa Bay Lightning in their rare third straight Stanley Cup Final is one thing. The Colorado Avalanche now has plans to launch a dynasty of its own type.

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This mission is highly valued by the bookmakers based on the odds set for the 2022-23 NHL campaign.

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With winning guard Conn Smythe, Cale Makar and standout center Nathan McKinnon, Colorado are +425 favorites to win the Cup next season. according to bookmaker Tipico.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in second with +725, followed by the Florida Panthers (+900) and the outgoing champion Lightning with 10/1.

“The Avalanche has consistently been one of the most dominant teams in the NHL over the past few years,” Tipico hockey analyst Vincent Pepe said. “Tie that to a 16-4 record in the playoffs and the second-best record in the NHL last season, and there’s no doubt they should have the best chance this season.”

The Colorado Avalanche pose for a team picture with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.
The Colorado Avalanche pose for a team picture with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6.

Toronto’s status as Eastern Conference favorites certainly fills the hearts of dedicated Maple Leafs fans still waiting for the organization’s first Cup since 1967.

After a 54-21-7 run this season, Toronto’s roster is ready for some serious play.

“Auston Matthews it’s absolute power on ice, who tied for sixth in points last season. Mitch Marner has also had a stellar season and the team expects him to stay at the top of his game,” Pepe said. “Most of the team is coming back in the 22-23 season, so expect to see them (playing for the Cup).”

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Florida’s best regular-season record of 58-18-6 was wiped out by a second-round win against Tampa Bay, but his 9/1 odds indicate that the bookmakers are treating the unanticipated crash as a learning experience.

The Panthers deservedly hold this place. At the end of the season, when they had the most productive offense and the best result, no one expected the trip,” Pepe said. “They have a solid 1-2 goalkeeping combination with Sergei Bobrovsky and a very promising understudy Spencer Knight, and an electric offense that set a record this year with four goals in a row. probability 0.01%.

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The returning Pacific Division champion Calgary Flames and the Capital Division champion Carolina Hurricanes are rated 15/1 along with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Eastern Conference Finals-qualified New York Rangers and Western Conference finalist Edmonton Oilers are 20/1 along with the Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins are 30/1, followed by the Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals are 40/1.

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Pepe thinks the Blues are a good choice.

“As a team with one of the youngest rosters in the NHL, the fans didn’t expect much from them, but they shocked the league by surpassing almost everything,” Pepe said.

The Blues were the only team other than the Lightning to face the Cup-winning Avalanche, giving them two of their four playoff losses. Low-performing (goalkeeper) Jordan Binnington didn’t help their cause, but if he can find his footing and the rest of the team can improve their game a bit, it could be a strong cup run.”

The Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, and Buffalo Sabers are seated 50/1 on the Tipico.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Colorado Avalanche to win Stanley Cup again



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