The NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs are considered the most grueling postseason in all professional sports, and that intensity gets ramped up for the Stanley Cup Final.
Vegas vs. Florida isn't exactly what the NHL odds had expected at the onset of the postseason, but both teams have had extraordinary runs in pursuit of their first Cup victory for their respective franchises.
Stanley Cup odds
Stanley Cup odds are a form of NHL futures. These are long-running odds markets that release before the start of the regular season and take action over the course of the schedule, adjusting to results, betting handle, and injuries.
Conn Smythe Trophy Odds
The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sportsbooks begin offering Conn Smythe odds at the start of the playoffs, updating them as the rounds go on and teams are eliminated.
Stanley Cup Final preview and predictions
We've got comprehensive breakdowns, Stanley Cup predictions, and staff picks for the Panthers vs. Golden Knights series — plus game-by-game picks and props.
Game 4 picks
Josh Inglis: Golden Knights vs. Panthers Game 4 picks
Jonny Lazarus: Golden Knights vs. Panthers Game 4 props
Game 3 picks
Josh Inglis: Golden Knights vs. Panthers Game 3 picks
Robert Criscola: Golden Knights vs. Panthers Game 3 props
Game 2 picks
Jonny Lazarus: Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 picks
Daniel Dobish: Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 2 props
Game 1 picks
Josh Inglis: Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 1 picks
Jonny Lazarus: Panthers vs. Golden Knights Game 1 props
How to watch
In Canada, fans can catch Stanley Cup Final games on Sportsnet and CBC, while fans in the United States can find Stanely Cup Final action on NBC and USA channels.
Where to bet on the Stanley Cup
Hockey betting is on the rise in North America. The NHL’s popularity provides fun and unique ways to wager on hockey action all season long. Where you bet on hockey is just as important as what you bet, and Covers has reviewed the best betting sites available in your region.
How to bet on hockey
Hockey is one of the most exciting sports to bet on due to the fast-paced action and swings in momentum. And the Stanley Cup playoffs dial up the drama, with plenty of unpredictable outcomes and thrilling underdog stories. Learn how to bet on hockey and make smarter NHL bets with Covers.
The Stanley Cup Final is one of the longest-running championship events in North American sports with a rich history of memorable competition and outstanding players
The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Frederick Stanley, the 16th Earl of Derby, who donated the trophy to honor the best amateur hockey team in Canada.
The Stanley Cup was first awarded to the winner of the Canadian Challenge Cup (1893-1914) and later used as the top prize in a championship series between the winner of the National Hockey Association and the winner of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (1915-1926).
It wasn’t until 1927 that the National Hockey League adopted the Stanley Cup as its championship trophy.
The first Stanley Cup
The first winner of the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Hockey Club, which won the Challenge Cup in 1893. The first NHA vs. PCHA winner was the Vancouver Millionaires in 1915. The first NHL champion to hoist Lord Stanley was the Ottawa Senators in 1927.
NHL Stanley Cup Winners from 1927-2022
|2021||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2020||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2019||St. Louis Blues|
|2014||Los Angeles Kings|
|2012||Los Angeles Kings|
|2008||Detroit Red Wings|
|2005||Season canceled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout|
|2004||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2003||New Jersey Devils|
|2002||Detroit Red Wings|
|2000||New Jersey Devils|
|1998||Detroit Red Wings|
|1997||Detroit Red Wings|
|1995||New Jersey Devils|
|1994||New York Rangers|
|1983||New York Islanders|
|1982||New York Islanders|
|1981||New York Islanders|
|1980||New York Islanders|
|1967||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1964||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1963||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1962||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1961||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1955||Detroit Red Wings|
|1954||Detroit Red Wings|
|1952||Detroit Red Wings|
|1951||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1950||Detroit Red Wings|
|1949||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1948||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1947||Detroit Red Wings|
|1945||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1943||Detroit Red Wings|
|1942||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1940||New York Rangers|
|1938||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1937||Detroit Red Wings|
|1936||Detroit Red Wings|
|1934||Chicago Black Hawks|
|1933||New York Rangers|
|1932||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|1928||New York Rangers|
Stanley Cup FAQs
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2020 and the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
Henri Richard won the most Stanley Cups as a player with 11 in his storied career with the Montreal Canadiens.
There are 10 current NHL franchises that have never won the Stanley Cup (Vancouver, Buffalo, San Jose, Winnipeg, Las Vegas, Florida, Nashville, Arizona, Minnesota, Columbus).
Yes, there have been 18 teams win the Stanley Cup in at least two consecutive years since 1918. Tampa Bay won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.