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Odds to Win the 2019 Stanley Cup: Lightning Listed as Early Favorites

Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready for the game against the Washington Capitals during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 23, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.

While the champagne was still flowing in the Washington Capitals’ locker room on the heels of their first Stanley Cup championship, oddsmakers were already gearing up for the 2018-19 NHL campaign.

The Lightning are +1000 favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2019.

At BetOnline, the Tampa Bay Lightning are the very early +1000 favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2019, with the Nashville Predators (+1100), Boston Bruins (+1200), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1200), Toronto Maple Leafs (+1200), Vegas Golden Knights (+1200), Capitals (+1200), Winnipeg Jets (+1200), Edmonton Oilers (+1800) and Anaheim Ducks (+2200) possessing the top 10 odds at the shop.

The Caps, who opened the 2017-18 season with +1000 odds to go all the way, proved the doubters wrong in an incredible playoff run that culminated in a decisive five-game series win over Vegas in the Cup final. Washington is expected to have the inside track on re-signing unrestricted free agent John Carlson in the summer, but even if the blue-liner doesn’t return to the team, the Capitals are still loaded with talent top to bottom and are in a solid position to repeat as Stanley Cup champs.

Sportsbooks are clearly respecting the Lightning

Considering the firepower on Tampa Bay’s roster, it’s no surprise to see the Lightning tabbed as the front-runners to win the second title in franchise history. The Bolts made an appearance in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years before bowing out to the Capitals in seven games in the 2018 postseason. With names like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy leading the charge, the Lightning will be an extremely tough team to beat in the 2018-19 season.

New squads expected to be in the playoff mix

The Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks (+2200), Calgary Flames (+2500) and Dallas Stars (+2500) all finished outside the playoff picture this season but are expected to bounce back in a big way. Parity is king in the NHL, as teams can come out of nowhere to make a deep postseason run. Besides, who at the beginning of the year could have predicted a Capitals-Golden Knights 2018 Stanley Cup final?

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds on the ice. Which club are you putting your money on? Have your say in the comments.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOpening Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+1000
Nashville Predators+1100
Boston Bruins+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1200
Toronto Maple Leafs+1200
Vegas Golden Knights+1200
Washington Capitals+1200
Winnipeg Jets+1200
Edmonton Oilers+1800
Anaheim Ducks+2200
Chicago Blackhawks+2200
San Jose Sharks+2200
Calgary Flames+2500
Columbus Blue Jackets+2500
Dallas Stars+2500
Los Angeles Kings+2500
Minnesota Wild+2500
Philadelphia Flyers+2800
Colorado Avalanche+3300
St. Louis Blues+3300
Florida Panthers+4000
New Jersey Devils+4000
Carolina Hurricanes+5000
Montreal Canadiens+5000
New York Islanders+5000
New York Rangers+5000
Buffalo Sabres+6600
Detroit Red Wings+6600
Arizona Coyotes+7500
Ottawa Senators+7500
Vancouver Canucks+7500

Odds as of June 7 at BetOnline

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The Washington Capitals are on the verge of franchise history after the Game 4 win that has given them a 3-1 series lead vs the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup final. 

The Capitals smoked the Knights 6-2 in Game 4 and sportsbook 5Dimes has placed Washington as a -660 favorite to finish the job, with Game 5 on Thursday night. Bettors should note that a team with a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final hasn’t gone on to lose since 1942. 

The Knights will return home to lick their wounds after allowing the most goals they’ve yielded in a game in the entire postseason. Vegas is listed as a +480 underdog to overcome the deficit and with two potential home games, the Knights can’t be written off until the final buzzer.

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2017-18 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Washington Capitals-660+1000
Vegas Golden Knights+480+20000

Odds as of June 6 at 5Dimes

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The NHL trade deadline has passed and after some last-minute deals, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights share the top spot on the oddsboard as +600 favorites to win the Stanley Cup.  

Online sportsbook Bovada has had Tampa Bay near or at the top of its list since the puck dropped back in October and the Lightning currently have the best win-loss record in the NHL. Vegas is right behind Tampa in the overall standings and the value that existed with the Golden Knights opening at +20000 is all but gone.

Here are some risers and fallers on the odds table that you should be paying attention to.


Philadelphia +2800

The hottest team in the NHL, the Flyers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games and have leaped over the Capitals for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Led by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, scoring has never been an issue for this squad but their defense has been excellent lately, holding teams to 2.31 goals per game in February. The only knock on them may be goaltending as starter Brian Elliott is on IR until the end of March and backup Michal Neuvirth is also out with a lower-body injury.

Pittsburgh +700

It’s hard to believe that sportsbooks were offering Pittsburgh’s odds around +1800 near the end of December. Fast-forward two months and the Penguins have been the highest-scoring team in the league in both January and February. This scoring surge has launched them to third in the Metropolitan Division as Pittsburgh aims for its third Stanley Cup in a row. Adding more depth at center with Derick Brassard doesn’t hurt either.


St. Louis Blues +2500

The Blues have taken a tumble recently that has dropped them out of the playoff race in the Western Conference. At 3-7 SU in their last 10 games, fans and analysts thought St. Louis would be a buyer at the deadline in an attempt to bolster the offense. Instead, the Blues dealt their second-best center and sit five points back of Minnesota in their division. The clock may be ticking on their window of contention.

New Jersey Devils +4000

The Devils are doing everything they can to remain in the playoff hunt. They acquired Michael Grabner and Patrick Maroon at the deadline and are ready to make a push in the final leg of the NHL season. One of the main reasons for their recent decline, however, has been goaltending as Cory Schneider remains on IR with a groin injury. If he isn’t back to 100 percent, it could be trouble in New Jersey.

2017-18 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+600+1200
Vegas Golden Knights+600+20000
Nashville Predators+700+1400
Pittsburgh Penguins+700+800
Boston Bruins+800+1800
Winnipeg Jets+1100+4000
Toronto Maple Leafs+1100+1600
Washington Capitals+1400+1000
Anaheim Ducks+1800+1200
Dallas Stars+2200+2000
St. Louis Blues+2500+1600
Minnesota Wild+2800+1400
San Jose Sharks+2800+2000
Philadelphia Flyers+2800+4000
Calgary Flames+3300+2800
Los Angeles Kings+3300+2000
New Jersey Devils+4000+10000
Columbus Blue Jackets+5000+1600
New York Islanders+6600+2800
Colorado Avalanche+6600+8000
Carolina Hurricanes+7500+6600
Florida Panthers+7500+4000
New York Rangers+30000+1400
Chicago Blackhawks+30000+1600
Detroit Red Wings+30000+8000

Odds as of February 27 at Bovada