70 percent of respondents of a recent poll of hockey fans and bettors thinks the Colorado Avalanche will NOT repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 2023, yet they are big favourites to win it again.
We conducted a poll recently of mostly our Canadian readers and followers, and came up with some interesting results.
Only about 30 percent of the poll respondents said they believe Colorado will repeat at the 2023 Stanley Cup champions. The Avalanche won this year's Stanley Cup 4 games to 2 versus the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. However, most observers who watched the series could easily decipher that Colorado was (and is) the much-better team.
In fact, Colorado is clearly the best team in the NHL, perhaps by a large margin.
Here's the poll results, conducted on Tuesday, June 28th:
What about the odds to win the 2023 Stanley Cup? How does this factor?
Well, according to SPREADS.CA, the Avs are about +375 to win a second straight Stanley Cup. Meanwhile the Toronto Maple Leafs are getting the most love from the Eastern Conference at +800. The Lighting, who have appeared in three straight finals through this season, are about +900.
Oh, and nobody apparently likes Edmonton to win it next season.
Here's the complete list and odds: