As of April 20, the Avalanche sit in a tie with the Florida Panthers for the most points in the NHL this season at 116, with both teams vying for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Stanley Cup Odds
Colorado opened the season as the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup at +600, while the Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning rounded out the top three at +700 and +750. The Avalanche added Josh Manson and Artturi Lehkonen at the trade deadline, bolstering their team in multiple facets.
Sine the year opened, the Avalanche have risen to +350, while the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames have emerged with the next two highest odds at +550 and +900.
The Panthers have seen some dramatic line movement, where they opened the year at +2500. The Flames currently lead the Pacific by ten points and are closing in on a division title, while the Panthers are on the same track with an eight-point lead atop the Atlantic.
The Avalanche, Panthers, and New York Rangers are all the current biggest liabilities, with the Rangers opening the year at +2500 and currently sitting at +1600.
Colorado still owns the biggest ticket and handle percentages by a significant margin, where they currently are at 25.6% and 33.4%. In terms of the tickets, the Panthers and Lightning, two teams out of the Atlantic, both own the next highest percentages at 8.3% and 7.1%. The Panthers weren’t expected to make a jump like that this season, but have been dominant from start to finish, while you can never count out the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Lightning.
Behind the Avalanche on the handle percentages are the Panthers and Rangers, who boast 8.1% and 7.5% of the handle.
The Eastern Conference is much more of a log jam in terms of unpredictability, which is likely why you’re seeing Colorado enter the playoffs as the clear-cut favorite.
Sixteen NHL teams boasted ticket percentages above two percent and that goes to show you how much parity the NHL typically has to offer, even if there wasn’t much of a playoff race this year in the Eastern Conference.
One team you might want to keep an eye on that has made some noise is the Minnesota Wild, which owns a ticket percentage of 4% and a handle of 4.2%.