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Golden Knights Rival Now Betting Favorite for Stanley Cup

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Jake Oettinger save on Jack Eichel Vegas Golden Knights Dallas Stars (Photo- Vegas Golden Knights via Twitter)

The Vegas Golden Knights dispatched the Dallas Stars in the 2023 Western Conference Final. Six games and done. However, the Golden Knights will be watching the 2024 WCF while the Dallas Stars get another bite at the apple.

After rolling through Vegas, Dallas is now the oddsmaker’s favorite to win the Stanley Cup, going off at only +180.

It’s a crowded field, including the juggernaut Florida Panthers, but Dallas seemingly quelled the best team in the league, the Colorado Avalanche, in six. It was a stunning but thorough series victory. Perhaps Dallas learned a little something from the Golden Knights last season.

While Dallas is the favorite, Florida, whom the Golden Knights quickly defeated in the Stanley Cup Final, is the second choice at +220.  If you need an outlet from your phone, the Best Betting Apps link is available, too.

It’s not to rub it in for Golden Knights fans; back-to-back Stanley Cup championships are quite rare. The Pittsburgh Penguins did it in 2016 and 2017, but have won only one playoff series since. Technically, the Tampa Bay Lightning did it, too, but their first was the bubble tournament of 2020 after the NHL season paused for four months, and their second was the abbreviated 2021 championship with just a 56-game schedule.

In other words, back-to-back championships in an 82-game schedule are indeed an incredible feat and have been accomplished only once in this century. Jonathan Marchessault couldn’t score on every shot two years in a row, right?

One big difference in these playoffs has been the play of Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger, who has been nothing short of spectacular. The young netminder was a little shaky in last year’s postseason, but he has been a brick wall this year and every bit worthy of hoisting 34 pounds of silver above his head in June.

Dallas’s free-agent signing of Matt Duchene is also paying huge dividends. After Nashville bought out Duchene last summer, Dallas scooped him up on a short-term deal, and he’s been fantastic, scoring 25 goals and 60 points in the regular season and six more points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Of course, the Dallas core has been here before. Joe Pavelski has played in a couple of Stanley Cup Finals but has not yet won the Cup. He lost his first Cup Final with San Jose (losing the 2016 Final to Pittsburgh in six games) and with Dallas in the 2020 bubble final. At 39 years old, this might be the last best shot for “Little Joe.”

Perhaps the third time will be the charm. Dallas is part of the final four for the third time in four years, counting the 2020 bubble.

Oddsmakers have a couple of longer shots on the board. Interestingly, the Vancouver Canucks are +1000 despite holding a 3-2 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers. The sportsbooks still like Edmonton’s chances (or at least bettors do) more than Vancouver’s because Edmonton is +850.

The other team still alive is the New York Rangers, who put down a furious series rally by the Carolina Hurricanes. New York rallied behind a third-period hat trick by Chris Kreider to beat Carolina in Game 6, quelling the Hurricanes’ attempt to come back from a 3-0 series deficit. New York and Florida should be an entertaining Eastern Conference Final, too.