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2020 Stanley Cup Final Exact Matchup Odds

Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, left, gets the puck past St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) for a goal and the win during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Philadelphia Flyers.

The quest for the Stanley Cup officially gets underway on August 11, as 16 teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences begin battle to determine a champion.

This year’s playoffs might look drastically different from previous editions of the postseason, but there’s still plenty of value when it comes to wagering on which teams will comprise the matchup in the Stanley Cup Final.

Is a Lightning-Golden Knights Matchup in Store?

According to the latest odds from online sportsbook 5Dimes, the likeliest matchup in the final features the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Vegas Golden Knights at +1100. Tampa Bay vs the Colorado Avalanche is next up at +1600, followed by the Knights vs the Boston Bruins at +1700.

The Lightning won the Presidents’ Trophy a year ago but were promptly swept out of the first round of the 2019 playoffs by the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets. Tampa Bay once again draws Columbus in the opening round, and the Blue Jackets will have no shortage of momentum after dispatching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the play-in round. 

For a full list of Stanley Cup odds, check out our NHL championship futures article. Our daily NHL odds page outlines the latest up-to-date moneylines, pucklines and totals for each playoff affair.

Here’s a look at the top Cup Final matchup odds at the shop:

2020 Stanley Cup Final Exact Matchup Odds
MatchupOdds
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Vegas Golden Knights+1100
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche+1600
Boston Bruins vs Vegas Golden Knights+1700
Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche+1750
Philadelphia Flyers vs Vegas Golden Knights+1780
Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche+1930
Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues+2200
Philadelphia Flyers vs Dallas Stars+2300
Carolina Hurricanes vs Vegas Golden Knights+2445
Washington Capitals vs Colorado Avalanche+2500
Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues+2500
Carolina Hurricanes vs Colorado Avalanche+2650
Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights+2700
Boston Bruins vs Dallas Stars+3400
Carolina Hurricanes vs St. Louis Blues+3925
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Vegas Golden Knights+4000
Carolina Hurricanes vs Dallas Stars+4300
Washington Capitals vs St. Louis Blues+4500
New York Islanders vs Vegas Golden Knights+4650
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars+5000

Odds as of August 11 at 5Dimes

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Which Stanley Cup Final Matchups are Offering Value?

The best way to wager on Stanley Cup Final exact matchup odds is simple: choose the team that you think has the best chance to go all the way, and pair them up with the team you think is the top contender from the opposing conference.

Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche +1930

Personally, I’m all-in on the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Cup in 2020. The Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL prior to the COVID-19 hiatus and Alain Vigneault’s club was lights-out in the Eastern round robin. Philly posted a perfect 3-0-0 record to grab the No. 1 seed, dethroning Eastern Conference powerhouses Tampa Bay, Washington and Boston in the process.

So, which teams from the West have the best odds to clash with Philly in the Cup Final? The Flyers vs the Colorado Avalanche is available at +1930 odds – a fantastic price for two stellar clubs.

The Flyers, boasting budding superstar Carter Hart in net, have the edge in the goaltending department. Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer is an unproven commodity, but he’s shown flashes of brilliance in the past. Led by Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado has plenty of star power up front, and Rookie of the Year candidate Cale Makar is already one of the best defensemen in the league.

Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues +2875

The St. Louis Blues aren’t garnering many headlines ahead of a first-round date with the Vancouver Canucks, but I’m banking on yet another deep playoff run from the defending Stanley Cup champions.

The main core of last year’s Cup-winning squad remains, and second-year netminder Jordan Binnington has already proven he’s a clutch playoff goaltender who can rise to the occasion when the lights are brightest. If these teams did end up meeting in the Stanley Cup Final, a hard-fought seven-game series could easily be in store.

Given the long-shot +2875 value, a wager on the Flyers colliding with the Blues looks like a sharp bet to me. Sportsbooks are sleeping on the Blues a little bit right now – you won’t be able to get odds like this if both Philly and St. Louis advance past the first round.