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History gives Flyers reason for optimism despite 2022 Cup odds

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The 2020-21 NHL season did not go according to plan for the Flyers.

Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning have repeated as Stanley Cup champions, it is time to look ahead to next season. 

As we get set to resume normalcy in the NHL with an 82-game schedule (this past season was 56 games) and regular divisions, the outlook on the Flyers from a betting perspective means the club has some work to do, which really shouldn’t surprise anyone. 

NBC Sports betting partner PointsBet has listed the Flyers with the 16th-best odds to win the Cup in 2022 at +3300 ($10 bet to win $330). So in a 32-team league, the Flyers are exactly at the halfway mark.

However, a deeper dive at the odds indicates the orange and black have an uphill battle just to make the postseason. Out of the top-16 teams on the board, 11 of them are from the Eastern Conference, which means the Flyers would be on the outside looking in come playoff time. Only the Devils, Senators, Blue Jackets, Red Wings and Sabres have greater odds to win Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The top three teams are the Avalanche and Golden Knights both listed at +550 with the two-time defending champion Lightning at +650.

A lot can change in the coming weeks as free agency will begin and general managers across the league will be seeking trades to improve their organizations. 

 

Here’s a little optimism: Dating back to 2012-13 when the Flyers missed the playoffs, the team has alternated playoff appearances, so the Flyers have that going for them come the spring of 2022. 

Furthermore, the last time the Flyers missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons occurred back in 1990 through 1994, when the franchise missed the postseason in five straight seasons. 

PointsBet is NBC Sports' official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

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