The NHL Presidents' Trophy is an award for the team that finishes with the most points during the NHL regular season. If two teams are tied for the most points, then the Trophy goes to the team with the most regulation wins.
The NHL regular season opens this coming weekend.
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The Presidents' Trophy goes to the team that posts the most regular season points, so it's probably no surprise the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche is favoured to win the trophy yet again. At present, Colorado is listed at 4.00 to win (which means playing a $100 bet returns a total of $400).
Who else is among the top betting favourites? Well, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the second choice at 6.50. The Florida Panthers are 9.00, then the Tampa Bay Lighting are 12.00. Two more Canadian teams round out the top six favourites: The Edmonton Oilers are 12.00 and the Calgary Flames are 13.00. So, betting markets certainly like the chances of a Canadian team finishing with the NHL's top record.
Be sure to get your bets down before the season opener on Fri., Oct. 7th.
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Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
The NHL returns to the normal divisions and playing schedules in the 2022-23 season, which means fewer breaks, a full 82-game schedule, and action through the end of April.
This likely favors established and deeper teams, which obviously includes Colorado, Florida, and Tampa Bay.
We think the Maple Leafs are getting too much credit from bettors, while Florida, Edmonton, and Calgary could be very live to raise the Presidents' Trophy. Beyond the top six teams, it's hard to see any of the real longshots breaking through, but we also wouldn't frown on a few teams with lots of potential if things go right, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, and Boston Bruins.
For our money, we think the payoff on Colorado isn't high enough, Toronto is wasted money, and the value is on Florida, Edmonton, or Calgary (take your pick).