Florida Panthers Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Florida Panthers Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Florida Panthers Stanley Cup Betting

The Florida Panthers overcame many challenges in 2021-22 to post the best record in the NHL regular season. Florida responded to the early season departure of head coach Joel Quenneville with its best regular season in team history. Interim head coach Andrew Brunette turned in a solid performance with a 51-18-6 record. But in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brunette was schooled by Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper. Thus, the Panthers believed that a change was necessary and hired veteran head coach Paul Maurice.

But the biggest news was a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames. The Panthers acquired Matthew Tkachuk in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schmidt, and a first-round 2025 draft pick. Subsequently, Florida locked up Tkachuk for an eight-year contract through 2029-30.

Florida Panthers at a Glance

2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +775 (Aug, 2022)

Eastern Conference Odds: +445 (Aug, 2022)

Last year the Florida Panthers finished with a record of 58-18-6 to win the Presidents’ Trophy as the best team in the NHL regular season. Florida posted the highest win percentage in franchise history. Florida ranked 1st for goals scored, 5th for power play efficiency, 12th for goals against, and 16th for penalty killing.

General manager Bill Zito has quickly made his mark as one of the most aggressive general managers in the NHL. Zito was hired to his position on September 2, 2020, and has overseen two of the best seasons in franchise history.

Paul Maurice is coming off a recent stint as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets from 2014 through 2021. Previously, Maurice was head coach of the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes (twice), and Toronto Maple Leafs. Maurice made his NHL head coaching debut in 1995 and has a career record of 775-681-99. He led the Hurricanes to an appearance in the 2002 Stanley Cup Final.

The acquisition of left wing Matthew Tkachuk was the biggest of any team this past summer. Tkachuk was the sixth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames. Tkachuk was a 2020 NHL All-Star and is coming off a career season. Tkachuk scored a career-best 42 goals with 62 assists in 2021-22. And then, in the playoffs, he added four goals and six assists in 12 games.

Defenseman Aaron Ekblad was the first overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft. Ekblad is one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL and a 2-time All-Star. He was the 2015 Calder Memorial Trophy winner as NHL Rookie of the Year. Ekblad scored 15 goals with 42 assists in 2021-22.

Florida Panthers Seasons

2021-22 58-18-6 Lost Second Round
2020-21 37-14-5 Lost First Round
2019-20 35-26-8 Lost Qualifying Round
2018-19 36-32-14 Did Not Qualify
2017-18 44-30-8 Did Not Qualify
2016-17 35-36-11 Did Not Qualify
2015-16 47-26-9 Lost First Round
2014-15 38-29-15 Did Not Qualify
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Florida Panthers History

The Panthers were founded as a 1993-94 expansion team with the-then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. They made the Stanley Cup Final in their third season but have never made it back. Since 2000, the Panthers have only five postseason appearances. Owner Vincent Viola has spent several years and a lot of money trying to dig the franchise out of the muck.

Attendance for the Panthers has been low for most of the past two decades but has increased with their new success. Like the rest of the NHL, Florida has had to navigate the pandemic issues that have kept attendance down in many markets, even after restrictions loosened. The pandemic came at the worst possible time for the Panthers as they were finally starting to get really good.

The Panthers' years of losing opened up the opportunity for several years of high draft choices. And for the past two seasons, we have seen improvements based on that new blood. Florida had a golden opportunity in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs to win over new fans and build a higher customer base. It helps that they play an exciting and winning style of hockey. The Panthers are easy on the eyes as one of the NHL’s most entertaining teams.

But Florida flopped badly in the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Help arrived that summer with the arrival of power forward Keith Tkachuk and new head coach Paul Maurice.

NHL Teams

Eastern Conference - Atlantic

Eastern Conference - Metropolitan

Western Conference - Central

Western Conference - Pacific

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