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Odds to Win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup: Islanders and Blue Jackets Leading The Way

Stanley Cup Betting Odds

The NHL Playoffs are in full swing and since the top team during the regular season in the Tampa Bay Lightning is out of the picture, the window is wide open for some fresh faces to win the Stanley Cup with the New York Islanders at the top of the list.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Islanders at +550 to lift Lord Stanley's Cup followed by the Columbus Blue Jackets (+600), Vegas Golden Knights (+650), Colorado Avalanche (+700), Toronto Maple Leafs (+700), St. Louis Blues (+750), Washington Capitals (+750), Boston Bruins (+1200), Nashville Predators (+1200) and Dallas Stars (+1800) to round out the top 10.

Blues Stun Jets and Sharks Keep Swimming 

A 2-0 lead in an NHL game may be the worst lead in sports and the Winnipeg Jets proved that when they coughed up three goals in the third period to drop Game 5 to the St. Louis Blues. The Jets now have to travel to the River City for an elimination game for Game 6 and will need to pull off an upset to survive and advance.

The Hurricanes and Sharks also showed that they weren't ready for their playoff runs to end when they both got home wins over the Capitals and Golden Knights. The defending Stanley Cup champions return home for Game 5 on Saturday and could still be a decent pick to win it all again with their odds at +750. As for the Sharks, they may be just delaying the inevitable as they've had goaltending issues in the first round and despite winning Game 5 vs the Knights, the value at +2000 to win it all is likely a sucker bet.

Avalanche send Flames packing

The top seeds in both the Eastern and Western Conference are now golfing, as the Calgary Flames became the latest team to join the Lightning in postseason elimination after losing to the Avs in four games. Behind the red-hot Philipp Grubauer, the Avs look like a team that no one wants to play right now as the second round awaits.

The Maple Leafs came away with a 2-1 victory over the Bruins in Beantown on Friday and now head back to Canada with a 3-2 stranglehold on the series. Both of the Leafs and Bruins recent playoff matchups went to Game 7, however, so don't be surprised if this one goes the distance.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the Stanley Cup and the series prices and be sure to click here for up-to-the-minute futures odds changes.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
New York Islanders+550
Columbus Blue Jackets+600
Vegas Golden Knights+650
Colorado Avalanche+700
Toronto Maple Leafs+700
St. Louis Blues+750
Washington Capitals+750
Boston Bruins+1200
Nashville Predators+1200
Dallas Stars+1800
Winnipeg Jets+1800
Calgary Flames+1800
Carolina Hurricanes+2000
San Jose Sharks+2000

Odds as of April 20 at Bovada

As we near the completion of the first week of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there has been quite the shakeup on the oddsboard. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning strolled into the playoffs as a massive favorite at +200, but after losing three straight games to the Columbus Blue Jackets they are on the verge of being a first-round casualty. The Washington Capitals have now emerged as the favorite at +550 to win the Cup.

Bovada has the Capitals at +550 followed by the New York Islanders at +650, the St. Louis Blues at +700, and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights at +800 to round out the top Stanley Cup contenders on the oddsboard.

Pens, Bolts Facing 3-0 Deficits

The first week of the playoffs has had some pretty crazy results but none more surprising than the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning dropping the first three games of their first-round matchups and now being on the brink of being eliminated.

Pittsburgh has run into a hot goaltender in Robin Lehner, who is leading the playoffs with a .951 save percentage and a stingy 1.62 goals-against average. What is most surprising in that series is that Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been held pointless and is a -5 heading into Game 4.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has gone from racking up 128 points with a record of 62-16-4 in the regular season to potentially just playing four games in the playoffs as Columbus seems to have its number. The Lightning have had some injury issues as Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman have missed time. Additionally, the NHL’s regular-season leading scorer, Nikita Kucherov, was suspended for one game.

Avalanche Creating issues for Calgary

Colorado looked a little overwhelmed in Game 1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome as Calgary skated away with a 4-0 victory seemingly with ease, restricting the Avs to just 26 shots in that game. However, the Avalanche have flipped a switch since that loss, outshooting the Flames 95-66 in the next two games and grabbing a 2-1 series lead.

It seems that Calgary has issues with the speed of Colorado and that has led to some penalty problems as the Avalanche had eight power-play opportunities in the first game at the Pepsi Center. Additionally, Colorado has only committed 29 turnovers through the first three games, while Calgary has had 41 giveaways.

Can Maple Leafs Exorcise Bruins demons?

The first two games of the Toronto-Boston series were wildly entertaining as the Maple Leafs secured a Game 1 win with their speed and offensive pressure, while the Bruins stormed back in the second by using their physicality. In the first game at the Scotiabank Arena, it looked a lot more similar to Game 1 than Game 2 as the Leafs grabbed a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win.

The biggest factor in this series has been the head-to-head matchup between the John Tavares line and the Patrice Bergeron line. Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron accounted for 40.93 percent of Boston’s total goals this year but have been limited to just three goals through the first three games of the series.

Nazem Kadri is suspended for the remainder of the series after cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in the face in Game 2, but that appeared to have no ill effect in Game 3. If coach Mike Babcock can continue to have the line matchups he likes, Toronto may make its first second-round appearance since 2004.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds for the Stanley Cup and click here for up-to-the-minute futures odds changes.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
Washington Capitals+550
New York Islanders+650
St. Louis Blues+700
Columbus Blue Jackets+800
Toronto Maple Leafs+800
Vegas Golden Knights+800
Nashville Predators+900
Calgary Flames+1000
Tampa Bay Lightning+1200
Boston Bruins+1300
San Jose Sharks+1300
Winnipeg Jets+1600
Colorado Avalanche+1800
Dallas Stars+1800
Carolina Hurricanes+3500
Pittsburgh Penguins+4500

Odds as of April 16 at Bovada

The most exciting time of the year for hockey fans and bettors alike is here: the Stanley Cup playoffs. When it comes to odds on which team sportsbooks think is going to go all the way in 2019, it’s clear that one club is head and shoulders above the rest of the league.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the undisputed Stanley Cup favorites at +200 odds at BetOnline, with the Calgary Flames (+900), Boston Bruins (+1000), Nashville Predators (+1200), St. Louis Blues (+1200), Vegas Golden Knights (+1200), Washington Capitals (+1200), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1400), San Jose Sharks (+1400) and Winnipeg Jets (+1600) rounding out the top 10.

Stacked Lightning are the cream of the crop

In the Western Conference, the Predators are set to take on the Dallas Stars. Other matchups include the Jets vs the Blues, Flames vs the Colorado Avalanche and Sharks vs the Vegas Golden Knights. In the East, the Bolts collide with the Columbus Blue Jackets, while the Bruins will face the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second year in a row. The Capitals begin their Stanley Cup defense against the Hurricanes, and the Islanders clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Lightning won an NHL record-tying 62 games this season.

If you’ve watched the Lightning at all this season, it should come as no surprise to see them with their current +200 number. Tampa Bay won an NHL record-tying 62 games in 2018-19, as they now share that title with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning’s 30 road victories made them just the second team in NHL history to reach that number, only one game behind the 2005-06 Red Wings team that had 31.

Despite those accomplishments, Tampa Bay will likely be tested by Columbus in the first round. Led by all-world goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets shook off a post-trade deadline slump to end the campaign with wins in seven of their final eight games.

While a Columbus upset is unlikely, we’ve seen time and time again over the years that a hot goaltender can single-handedly take a team to the Stanley Cup final, and the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Bobrovsky certainly fits that mold right now.

Maple Leafs are getting no respect

The biggest surprise on the oddsboard to me is the Maple Leafs. Toronto’s +1800 price is significantly low on the list for the amount of talent on the roster. The main reason is obviously their first-round opponent, as Boston has had Toronto’s number and then some in the postseason over the years.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs went to seven games in their opening series a year ago before the Bruins dispatched the Buds by a 7-4 decision in Game 7. It was the second time in the last six seasons Toronto lost to Boston in the playoffs, and clearly oddsmakers aren’t giving them much of a chance to buck that trend this time around. If you think the Leafs can finally beat Boston and make a deep postseason run, they’re a steal at +1800.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+200
Calgary Flames+900
Boston Bruins+1000
Nashville Predators+1200
St. Louis Blues+1200
Vegas Golden Knights+1200
Washington Capitals+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1400
San Jose Sharks+1400
Winnipeg Jets+1600
Toronto Maple Leafs+1800
New York Islanders+2000
Carolina Hurricanes+2500
Colorado Avalanche+3300
Columbus Blue Jackets+3300
Dallas Stars+3300

Odds as of April 10 at BetOnline

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The 2018-19 NHL season is in the stretch run with teams having roughly 20 games remaining until the playoffs, and the landscape of the Stanley Cup betting market couldn’t be more wide open right now.

The Tampa Bay Lightning top the championship list at Bovada with a price of +225, while the Calgary Flames (+700), San Jose Sharks (+700), Toronto Maple Leafs (+700), Winnipeg Jets (+750), Boston Bruins (+1200), Nashville Predators (+1200), New York Islanders (+1400), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1600) and St. Louis Blues (+1800) round out the top 10.

Blues are tearing up the NHL right now

It’s been a tale of two halves so far in the NHL campaign. Since the all-star break, a number of teams have made major strides up the standings while others have tumbled to the basement.

The St. Louis Blues are the most noteworthy team in that conversation. The Blues, who looked to be headed toward a high draft lottery pick at the end of 2018, have gone on an absolute tear since. St. Louis was riding a franchise-record 11-game winning streak as of February 21 and jumped from +8000 on January 3 to +1800 in Cup odds as a result. With a hot goaltender in Jordan Binnington and a reignited offense, the Blues look like a force to be reckoned with.

The Bruins, another hot team, are playing their best hockey of the season right now. Winners of six in a row, Boston is sitting comfortably in second place in the Atlantic Division standings as of this writing. The Islanders top the Metropolitan with a record of 35-18-6 and are now +1400 to win the hardware after being available for +2400 in early January.

Ducks, Avalanche and Sabres are trending downward

On the flip side, three squads have seen their Stanley Cup odds plummet. The Anaheim Ducks looked like a potential playoff team when 2019 began but have fallen off a cliff since, sitting at 24-27-9 and well back of the postseason hunt. The Colorado Avalanche (+2600 to +6600) and Buffalo Sabres (+2500 to +5500) join the Ducks in that list.

Take a look at the book’s full list of odds. Who do you think is going to win the Stanley Cup in June? Have your say in the comment section below.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+225
Calgary Flames+700
San Jose Sharks+700
Toronto Maple Leafs+700
Winnipeg Jets+750
Boston Bruins+1200
Nashville Predators+1200
New York Islanders+1400
Pittsburgh Penguins+1600
St. Louis Blues+1800
Washington Capitals+2000
Vegas Golden Knights+2200
Montreal Canadiens+2500
Columbus Blue Jackets+3000
Carolina Hurricanes+4000
Dallas Stars+4000
Buffalo Sabres+5500
Minnesota Wild+6000
Colorado Avalanche+6600
Edmonton Oilers+7000
Vancouver Canucks+7000
Chicago Blackhawks+7500
Arizona Coyotes+12500
Philadelphia Flyers+12500
Anaheim Ducks+15000
Florida Panthers+15000
New York Rangers+15000
Los Angeles Kings+25000
Detroit Red Wings+30000
New Jersey Devils+35000
Ottawa Senators+35000

Odds as of February 21 at Bovada

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With the calendar turning to 2019, the landscape of the NHL has shifted rapidly in the matter of a few months. When it comes to odds on which club will hoist the Stanley Cup in June, the Tampa Bay Lightning top the list.

The Lightning are the +300 front-runners to go all the way this season, with the Toronto Maple Leafs (+450), Winnipeg Jets (+1000), Calgary Flames (+1100), San Jose Sharks (+1100), Washington Capitals (+1200), Nashville Predators (+1400), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1400), Vegas Golden Knights (+1700) and Columbus Blue Jackets (+2000) comprising the rest of the top 10.

Lightning are undisputedly the team to beat

As of January 3, the Bolts were sitting head and shoulders above the rest of the league with a sparkling record of 31-7-2 SU. Tampa is currently riding a six-game winning streak and is 9-0-1 in its past 10 games.

With a star-studded forward group led by Nikita Kucherov (65 points), Brayden Point (52) and Steven Stamkos (43), along with standout netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy, it would be a major shock to see Tampa lose its favorite label before the playoffs. Tampa Bay opened the campaign with the second-best odds to win the Cup (+850) but has since leapfrogged Toronto, which opened with a league-leading price of +700.

Flames look like legitimate Stanley Cup contenders

There’s been no shortage of surprises on the ice this season, but the Flames rising to the top of the Western Conference is the biggest one. Calgary occupied the No. 1 spot in the West standings as of this writing at 25-12-4 and sat two points ahead of Winnipeg and Vegas.

Goaltending has long been an issue for the Flames, but Mike Smith (12-8-1) and David Rittich (13-4-3) have fared well enough to keep them in games so far. The young Flames are well-rounded from top to bottom and boast one of the most exciting forward groups in the league with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk paving the way, so don’t be surprised if their odds continue to improve from here on out.

Three teams are trending in the wrong direction

To say the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers have disappointed this year would be an understatement. The veteran-laden Kings are showing their age while becoming one of the slowest teams in the league and have a 16-22-3 record to prove it. L.A. started the year with the 11th-best odds to win the Cup (+2600) but are an afterthought at this point.

The Blues, who were one spot above the Kings on the odds list at +2000 prior to the season opener, look like a team in disarray. St. Louis is in the basement of the Western Conference (15-18-4), so it’s safe to say general manager Doug Armstrong’s roster overhaul in the summer hasn’t worked out.

Fresh off a surprise postseason appearance, the Flyers (15-19-5) were primed for big things this year but haven’t been able to live up to expectations. Philly has started four goaltenders already but made the decision to call up goaltender of the future Carter Hart to the big club, which has at least given some optimism for a frustrated fan base.

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Hockey is widely perceived as the toughest of the four major North American professional sports to predict, and a month into the 2018-19 NHL season, the race to be crowned Stanley Cup champion is once again wide open at sportsbooks.

At Bovada, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the +650 Stanley Cup favorites, with the Tampa Bay Lightning (+700), Nashville Predators (+850), Boston Bruins (+1000), Winnipeg Jets (+1000), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1100), San Jose Sharks (+1200), Washington Capitals (+1400), Vegas Golden Knights (+1600) and Calgary Flames (+2500) rounding out the top 10.

No shortage of surprises so far

It’s been an interesting opening month on the ice, to say the least. As of November 1, the Penguins (6-2-2) topped the Metropolitan Division, while the Lightning (8-2-1) reigned supreme in the Atlantic. Out west, the Predators (9-3-0) and Vancouver Canucks (8-6-0) led the Central and Pacific divisions, respectively.

The biggest surprise team so far is undoubtedly the Carolina Hurricanes, who were +10000 at the beginning of the campaign but are now +4000 to win the second Cup in franchise history. Led by Sebastian Aho, who has 17 points through 12 games, the Hurricanes look like a completely different team from last year’s 83-point club.

The Hurricanes have gone from +10000 to +4000 in Stanley Cup odds.

The ’Canes haven’t made the playoffs since the 2008-09 campaign and they haven’t had this type of a start in quite some time. If the three-headed goaltending trio of Petr Mrazek, Curtis McElhinney and Scott Darling can continue to exceed expectations, Carolina could be a legitamte threat in the Eastern Conference.

Other teams that have experienced meteoric rises on the oddsboard are the Montreal Canadiens (+10000 prior to the season to +4000), Canucks (+12500 to +8500) and Colorado Avalanche (+4000 to +2500). Out of those three, the Avs (7-3-2) are the likeliest candidates to maintain their red-hot pace, but stranger things have happened in the NHL.

Who’s trending downward?

When it comes to underperforming clubs, four teams stick out at the shop. The St. Louis Blues, who were +2000 in early October, were lauded by many thanks to their busy offseason, but their new additions haven’t panned out thus far. The Blues (3-4-3) are now +4000 at Bovada.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Flyers (+2600 to +4000), Los Angeles Kings (+2600 to +5000) and Florida Panthers (+4500 to +7000) have all been major letdowns after four weeks. There’s still plenty of time for them to right the ship, but their outlook is bleak.

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As per usual, sportsbooks are expecting another wide-open season on the ice. According to oddsmakers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the stand-alone favorites to go all the way in the 2018-19 NHL campaign.

At Bovada, the John Tavares-led Maple Leafs lead the way at +650 odds, with the Tampa Bay Lightning (+800), Winnipeg Jets (+850), Nashville Predators (+1100), Vegas Golden Knights (+1100), Washington Capitals (+1100), Boston Bruins (+1100), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1200), San Jose Sharks (+1200) and St. Louis Blues (+2000) rounding out the top 10. For a comprehensive betting breakdown of the top wagers for every NHL team, check out my best bets article here.

Addition of Karlsson has the Sharks looking scary

After months of speculation, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion finally decided to pull the trigger and trade franchise defenseman Erik Karlsson to the Sharks for forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and forward prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, as well as a first-round draft pick (2019 or 2020) and a second-round pick in 2019. If the Sharks miss the postseason this year, that first-rounder will be in 2019; otherwise, it’s a 2020 first-round pick that will go to Ottawa.

The Sharks’ championship odds moved from +1600 to +1500 after the Karlsson trade.

With Karlsson in the fold, the Sharks now possess the best one-two punch on the blue line in the NHL with the Swede lining up next to Brent Burns. San Jose is clearly going all-in right now, and despite the franchise’s history of excellent regular seasons followed by disappointing playoff showings, many fans and pundits alike are expecting the Sharks to make a serious push for Lord Stanley’s holy grail. In light of the Karlsson trade, the Sharks’ Cup odds shifted from +1600 to +1200.

Plenty of value in current Cup odds

Some professional sports leagues have been criticized for their lack of parity (looking at you, NBA), but the same certainly can’t be said about the NHL. For starters, at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, who could’ve predicted the Washington Capitals – a franchise synonymous with postseason failures – would finally get over the hump and win their first championship over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights?

That Stanley Cup matchup was proof of the unpredictability of the NHL, and sharp puck bettors can find tons of value on the oddsboard ahead of the upcoming season. A few teams I like are the Blues and Calgary Flames (+3300).

The Flames have a talented mix of young stars and seasoned veterans and could raise some eyebrows in 2018-19 if the goaltending holds up, but there’s plenty of traction on the tires of 36-year-old starting netminder Mike Smith. The Blues had arguably the best offseason out of any team in the league (outside of Toronto), as the club traded for Ryan O’Reilly and signed Tyler Bozak, David Perron and Patrick Maroon in free agency.

Take a look at the book’s full list of Stanley Cup odds. Who are you putting your money on? For more hockey betting information, head over to our NHL page ahead of puck drop of the new season on October 3.