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Stanley Cup Futures: Lightning and Knights co-favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights share the top spot as favorites to win the Stanley Cup at +600.  The NHL is on its final leg of the season and there is some betting value up and down the oddsboard for bettors wanting to get a wager in on some contenders.

Online sportsbook Bovada has had Tampa on top of the oddsboard for most of the season as the Bolts and Knights have been the class of the NHL. But nothing has been more of a shocker than the Knights.

Vegas opened at the bottom of the odds table at +20000 and anyone who took a flier and placed a wager on them in the preseason has set themselves up for a massive payday if the Knights can be the last team standing.

The two other teams that have made massive surges are the Boston Bruins at +800 (started at +3500) and the Winnipeg Jets at +1200 (opened at +4500). The Bruins have climbed to second in the Eastern Conference and sit one point behind Tampa.  Winnipeg, on the other hand, sits third in the Western Conference and has gone 7-3 SU in its last 10 games. The Jets are currently three points back of Vegas for the top spot in the West.

Two Canadian teams to fade — and now approaching “cross off” status for bettors — have to be the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, both at +25000. The Habs and Sens sit in 15th and 16th place, respectively, in the East standings and both will need a miracle to leapfrog teams ahead of them and clinch a playoff spot. 

It’s such a fall from grace for the Senators, who were one win away from reaching their second Stanley Cup final last year. The Canadiens rank in the bottom 10 in both goals scored and goals allowed this season and bettors should move on from backing the Habs.

Here’s a look at the updated Stanley Cup futures odds:

2017-18 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+600+1000
Vegas Golden Knights+600+20000
Boston Bruins+800+3500
Nashville Predators+850+1500
Pittsburgh Penguins+900+850
Winnipeg Jets+1200+4500
Toronto Maple Leafs+1500+1500
Washington Capitals+1500+1000
St. Louis Blues+1800+3500
Anaheim Ducks+2000+1500
Dallas Stars+2500+1500
San Jose Sharks+2800+2200
Calgary Flames+2800+3500
Minnesota Wild+2800+1500
New Jersey Devils+2800+10000
Columbus Blue Jackets+3300+2200
Colorado Avalanche+3300+10000
Philadelphia Flyers+3300+4500
Los Angeles Kings+3300+2200
Chicago Blackhawks+5000+1200
New York Islanders+5000+4500
New York Rangers+5000+1500
Edmonton Oilers+5000+1000
Carolina Hurricanes+6000+6500
Montreal Canadiens+25000+1500
Ottawa Senators+25000+3500
Detroit Red Wings+25000+10000
Florida Panthers+30000+4500

Odds as of February 14 at Bovada