Oilers, Maple Leafs among favourites on Stanley Cup odds

Toronto Maple Leafs centre John Tavares (91) chases down Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid (97). (Frank Gunn/CP)

The Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs both sit among the favourites on the odds to win the Stanley Cup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com as the NHL campaign approaches the 20-game mark.

The Oilers, who sit at +1200 on the updated Stanley Cup odds at online betting sites, are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. That made them the first team in the Western Conference to reach the 13-win mark. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have powered the Edmonton offence, which ranks second in the NHL with 3.88 goals per game, and the duo have combined to pot 30 of the team's 68 total goals to date.

While the Oilers have powered their fast start with steady offensive production, it has been goaltending that has been key to Toronto's early-season success. Listed as a +1100 wager on the season-opening Stanley Cup odds but now at +900, the Maple Leafs have struggled at times to fill the net, scoring two or fewer goals on 10 occasions during a 13-6-1 start. However, Jack Campbell has regularly bailed this team out, with the team's starting goaltender allowing just 13 total goals and posting three shutouts during his current 8-2-0 run.

Elsewhere, despite claiming the early-season lead in the Western Conference standings, the Calgary Flames continue to lag at +2800 on the Stanley Cup odds, while the Winnipeg Jets have vaulted to a +3300 wager on those NHL odds. A shaky 2-2-4 run to open the month of November did little to help the Flames overcome skepticism at the sportsbooks, particularly in the wake of the team's dismal performance last season. However, the team has taken a step forward thanks to an eighth-ranked offence and the league's stingiest goaltending. The Jets have made gains since opening as a +4000 wager despite compiling a middling 9-4-4 record.

Canada's other three NHL teams, meanwhile, have fallen well off the pace on the Stanley Cup betting lines. The Vancouver Canucks have dipped to +15000 on those futures, ahead of both the Montreal Canadiens (+20000) and the Ottawa Senators (+30000).

The Colorado Avalanche continue to lead the way at +625 but find themselves with some unfamiliar company atop the NHL futures, with the Florida Panthers at +800. Sporting odds as long as +2800 to open the season, the Panthers have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with during a 13-2-3 start that features an unblemished 10-0-0 home record.

As well, the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes both sit at +900 on the latest Stanley Cup odds, with the Vegas Golden Knights at +1000 on those betting lines

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