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Stanley Cup Final Matchup Odds: Lightning, Flames Top the List

Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames celebrates after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during an NHL game on December 20, 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We’re past the halfway point of the 2018-19 NHL season, and odds are out on which teams will collide in the Stanley Cup final. According to sportsbooks, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames are the favorites to meet in the championship in June.

At 5Dimes, a Lightning-Flames Cup matchup is the front-runner at +1210, with Lightning-Winnipeg Jets (+1380), Lightning-Nashville Predators (+1410), Lightning-Vegas Golden Knights (+1515) and Lightning-San Jose Sharks (+1965) next up on the oddsboard.

Plenty of surprises so far this season

As of February 7, the Lightning (81 points), Toronto Maple Leafs (69) and New York Islanders (66) were topping the standings in the East, while the Flames (73), Jets (71) and Sharks (69) reigned supreme in the West.

The Flames were expected to be an improved team entering the campaign, but no one saw them leading the Western Conference entering 2019. Calgary boasts the second-most goals in the league with 197, trailing only the Lightning (207 goals). The Philadelphia Flyers were an afterthought for the majority of the campaign but have rattled off eight straight wins and were only a few points out of a playoff spot as of this writing.

​​​​​​​Parity is king in the NHL, as the 2018 Stanley Cup final between the expansion Golden Knights and the perennially underachieving Washington Capitals was one that virtually no one could have predicted at the beginning of the campaign. It remains to be seen if we’ll see another long-shot matchup next June, though.

2019 Stanley Cup Final Matchup Odds
  • Lightning vs Flames +1210
  • Lightning vs Jets +1380
  • Lightning vs Predators +1410
  • Lightning vs Golden Knights +1515
  • Lightning vs Sharks +1965
  • Maple Leafs vs Flames +2950
  • Maple Leafs vs Jets +3325
  • Maple Leafs vs Predators +3400
  • Maple Leafs vs Golden Knights +3650
  • Lightning vs Stars +4450
  • Maple Leafs vs Sharks +4700
  • Islanders vs Flames +5250
  • Capitals vs Flames +5300
  • Canadiens vs Flames +5400
  • Penguins vs Flames +5500
  • Bruins vs Flames +5750
  • Islanders vs Jets +5900
  • Capitals vs Jets +6000
Odds as of February 7 at 5Dimes

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When it comes to futures betting in any sport, bettors can find plenty of value as long as you know how to pick your spots. In hockey, predicting which teams are going to meet in the championship before the season starts is a tall order, yet there’s tons of value on the board at sportsbooks.

Online shop 5Dimes has released odds on which clubs will make up the 2019 Stanley Cup final, with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators topping the list at +3300 odds. The Bolts occupy the top three spots, as their chances of meeting the Winnipeg Jets sit at +3375 and their odds of playing the reigning Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights sit at +3650.

Will the Lightning get back to the Final?

Considering Tampa Bay has made the conference finals in three of the past four years while appearing in the Cup final in 2015, it’s no surprise to see them as the front-runners in the Eastern Conference. With John Tavares in tow, the Toronto Maple Leafs claim the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots, with their chances of meeting the Predators sitting at +3650. A potential all-Canadian matchup with the Jets is available for a price of +3725, and the odds of a Toronto-Vegas championship is at +3925.

Parity is king in the NHL, as the 2018 Stanley Cup final between the expansion Golden Knights and the perennially underachieving Washington Capitals was one that virtually no one could have predicted at the beginning of the campaign. It remains to be seen if we’ll see another long-shot matchup next June, but there’s no shortage of value on the board.

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2019 Stanley Cup Final Matchup Odds
  • Lightning vs Predators +3300
  • Lightning vs Jets +3375
  • Lightning vs Golden Knights +3650
  • Maple Leafs vs Predators +3650
  • Maple Leafs vs Jets +3725
  • Maple Leafs vs Golden Knights +3925
  • Bruins vs Predators +4350
  • Bruins vs Jets +4450
  • Penguins vs Predators +4550
  • Penguins vs Jets +4650
  • Bruins vs Golden Knights +4675
  • Capitals vs Predators +4825
  • Penguins vs Golden Knights +4875
  • Capitals vs Jets +4950
  • Lightning vs Sharks +5000
  • Capitals vs Golden Knights +5200
  • Maple Leafs vs Sharks +6250
  • Lightning vs Stars +6800
  • Lightning vs Kings +6800
  • Penguins vs Sharks +7000
  • Bruins vs Sharks +7450
  • Maple Leafs vs Kings +7500
  • Maple Leafs vs Stars +7500
  • Lightning vs Ducks +7600
  • Lightning vs Oilers +7600
  • Capitals vs Sharks +8000
  • Maple Leafs vs Ducks +8400
  • Maple Leafs vs Oilers +8400
  • Lightning vs Flames +8500
  • Lightning vs Wild +8500
  • Bruins vs Kings +8900
  • Flyers vs Predators +9000
Odds as of October 3 at 5Dimes