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Can the Calgary Flames win the Stanley Cup?

The Calgary Flames are not the first team that comes to mind when thinking of Stanley Cup wins. The Flames won one Stanley Cup in 1989, and they’ve made it to the finals three times: in 1986, 1989, and 2004. That means it’s been more than 30 years since the Flames were Stanley Cup champions.

However, the Flames have been on fire this season and have quickly climbed up in rankings. While the Calgary Flames started at +2500, the team rapidly moved up the list and currently has odds of +850 to win the Stanley Cup.  

There are plenty of reasons for this excellent performance, including the Flames’ complete dominance from their top line, but is this enough to give the Flames a fighting chance for a Stanley Cup win? Let’s see!

Top 2022 Stanley Cup Contenders

At the time of writing, sportsbooks such as Bet365 have the following outright odds to win the Stanley Cup:

NHL TeamTo Win Stanley Cup Odds
Colorado Avalanche+425
Florida Panthers+525
Carolina Hurricanes+550
Tampa Bay Lightning+700
Calgary Flames+850
Toronto Maple Leafs+1100

As we can see from the above table, Calgary Flames is a top contender with respectable +850 odds, making the Flames the fifth favourite to win the Stanley Cup.

Despite the Flames’ strong performance (currently the Canadian team with the best odds to win the Stanley Cup), Colorado Avalanche continue to dominate the list, closely followed by Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes.

Of course, odds constantly shift, which is why we always recommend you check out legal Canadian betting sites for the latest NHL odds. With that in mind, we can’t exclude that the Flames’ odds will keep shortening as the season progresses.

Will the Calgary Flames make the playoffs?

While the chances are slimmer that the Calgary Flames will win the Cup, there is a strong likelihood that the team will make it to the playoffs—already being near virtual locks as they pull away in the Pacific Division. This is good news for the team after the Flames missed the playoffs last year:

Playoff YearOutcome
2021Missed Playoffs
2020Lost First Round
2019Lost First Round
2018Missed Playoffs
2017Lost First Round

The top three teams in each division earn berths in the playoffs. According to the NHL’s official stats, Calgary Flames currently has the top spot in the Pacific Division with 79 points with games in hand over every other Pacific team. This is also reflected in the betting odds because the Calgary Flames are -1000 strong favourites to win the NHL Pacific Division:

Odds from Bet365: To Win NHL Pacific Division

Bet365 also priced the Calgary Flames at +375 to win the Western Conference, second only to Colorado Avalanche (+180).

Odds from Bet365: To Win NHL Western Conference

Stanley Cup or not, we can be hopeful that this will be one of the best years for the Flames in some time.

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