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NHL Presidents' Trophy Odds: Panthers Have Inside Track with Month Left

Scott Edwards Jr.
Scott Edwards Jr.@ScottEdwardsJr
NHL Presidents' Trophy Odds: Panthers Have Inside Track with Month Left

With just over a month left in the 2023-24 NHL regular season, every team is making their final push.

The NHL season can be a long and grueling one, with the playoffs themselves being one of the more unpredictable postseasons in sports. Even so, the race to be the best team and take home the Presidents' Trophy this season is still very much still wide open.

Teams don't often celebrate the Presidents' Trophy, but it's an accolade that can set teams up for success when the games count more. Home ice advantage throughout the playoffs comes with being the top team in hockey, so there's going to be a serious push from all the top teams until Game 82 is over.

Let's dive into the Presidents' Trophy odds, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

NHL Presidents' Trophy Odds

Team
Presidents' Trophy Odds
Florida Panthers135
Vancouver Canucks500
Boston Bruins500
New York Rangers750
Dallas Stars800
Winnipeg Jets1100
Carolina Hurricanes2400
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Florida Panthers (+135)

The Florida Panthers are looking for their second Presidents' Trophy in the last three seasons.

Since January 1st, the Panthers are a stunning 22-5-2, holding the best record in that stretch. As a result, they now have the best record in hockey at 44-17-4 with 92 points. Their 44 wins are the most in the league by two games, as well. It shouldn't come as a surprise they're so favored, either -- even if they have just a one-point lead on other teams as of this writing.

Statistically, this team does everything at a top level. The Panthers rank second with a 69.02 Corsi for per 60 minutes (CF/60) and second with a 53.59 Corsi against per 60 minutes (CA/60), showing dominance in the offensive and defensive zones. That has turned into 3.28 goals for per 60 minutes (GF/60), which places ninth in the NHL. They're actually underperforming in that respect. Florida is second with 3.54 expected goals for per 60 minutes (xGF/60), so there's room for them to improve if anything.

Keeping the puck out of the net, unsurprisingly, has them ranked among the best. They're second with 2.72 expected goals against per 60 minutes (xGA/60). Where the Panthers have outperformed is with 2.32 goals against per 60 minutes, leading the NHL in that respect.

Everything about this team screams the best. At +135 odds, the Presidents' Trophy is theirs to lose.

Vancouver Canucks (+500)

The only team from the Western Conference that feels like they have a real shot at taking the Presidents' Trophy are the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver was one of the surprises in the early part of this season but has proven throughout the 2023-24 campaign that they're the real deal. The Canucks are tops in the most important categories and have been for much of the year on the backs of Quinn Hughes, Elias Pettersson, and Thatcher Demko.

The Canucks are third with 3.51 GF/60 and fifth with 2.64 GA/60. Being in the top five for each mark is why this team has brought themselves to a 42-17-7 record and 91 points. If there's a team that I like to match the Panthers from here on out in this market, it will be the Canucks.

Vancouver has eight games against non-playoff teams from here on out as well as two games against a Vegas Golden Knights squad that has been reeling for the majority of the second half. If they can piece things together and stay around their expected numbers -- 3.13 xGF/60 and 2.88 xGA/60 -- they should be able to keep up with Florida.

Boston Bruins (+500)

It's been a weird season for the Boston Bruins, but the armor is starting to break under head coach Jim Montgomery.

Since taking over the Bruins to kick off the 2022-23 season, Mongomery has coached Boston to an incredible 103-25-20 record, which included taking home the Presidents' Trophy a year ago. There's no reason to believe they can't do it again this season, but it's going to be tough considering how they've reached 91 points.

Despite being just one point back of the Panthers, they have six fewer wins than them at 38-13-15. That'll be a big difference-maker, especially if they end up tied in points at season's end.

The Bruins have overperformed in every way. It shouldn't come as much of a shock considering who they lost in the offseason. They're scoring 3.26 GF/60, ranking 12th in the NHL. They're 16th, however, with 3.05 xGF/60.

Unsurprisingly, the same can be said on defense when a team has Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark in net. Boston is holding opponents to 2.62 GA/60, the fourth-best in hockey, all while having a 3.00 xGA/60 that is only the 13th-best.

On each end, the Black and Gold don't look like a Presidents' Trophy-winning team this year -- and that's okay. Bet elsewhere in this market if you're interested as the run has slowed down over the past month.

New York Rangers (+750)

If there's a longshot that could have some legs to it, then that club is the New York Rangers.

As the standings are now, the Rangers have a 41-18-4 record through 63 games, good for 86 points on the year. They have two games in hand on the Panthers and could very well be within a game once they've reached 65 games on the season. It's why the Rangers deserve some love in this market.

New York is a lot like the Bruins, but they have more wins to show that they can get the job done more often and in fewer games. Like Boston, they're outperforming both of their expected numbers. The Rangers have a 3.19 xGF/60 and 3.08 xGA/60. Good numbers, but they're doing them better with a season-long 3.28 GF/60 and a minuscule 2.66 GA/60.

Playing in the Metropolitan Division gives the Rangers room to succeed against teams that have mostly missed their expectations. Outside of the Carolina Hurricanes, no teams scares you, and they have nine games against fellow Metro opponents as a result -- not including Carolina.

The Rangers have a schedule that can help them get this done in the final month, giving the +750 odds plenty of intrigue for anyone wanting to bet in this spot.


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