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Odds to Win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup: Bruins Will Be Favorites When Season Resumes

Odds to Win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup

With the 2019-20 NHL season on a pause due to ongoing preventive measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, odds are still on the board for which team will claim the Stanley Cup.

At BetOnline, the Boston Bruins are the +600 favorites, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning (+700), Vegas Golden Knights (+700), Colorado Avalanche (+800), Philadelphia Flyers (+900), St. Louis Blues (+900), Washington Capitals (+1200), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1600), Dallas Stars (+1800) and Toronto Maple Leafs (+1800).

When Will the NHL Season Return?

With the majority of teams having only 12 to 15 games remaining in the regular season, hockey fans around the world are anxiously waiting to hear what’s going to happen when play resumes.

“I believe that in a credible, sensible way we’ll be able to, at some point, complete the season and get through the playoffs and award the Stanley Cup,” league commissioner Gary Bettman said during an interview aired on the NHL Network last week. The NHL had previously planned to play games without fans in attendance, but the positive test from Rudy Gobert of the NBA’s Utah Jazz changed the NHL’s course.

As a result, the sportsbook has released odds on when action will return to the ice. The odds of the NHL playing games before June 1 sit at +325 for YES and -550 for NO, while the chances of games getting underway prior to July 1 are +110 for NO and -150 for YES. It’s clear the shop is banking on the league coming back before August 1, however, as the odds of that happening are -150 for YES and +110 for NO.

Extended Layoff Has Helped Some Teams Get Healthy

With players in quarantine and practicing social distancing, one underlying aspect of the layoff is the return to health for many athletes. The NHL season is a grind, so the extended time off has given many banged-up clubs an opportunity to get their players healthy for a (hopeful) playoff run.

Jacob Markstrom is the main reason the Vancouver Canucks occupy the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and with the goaltender sidelined due to a lower-body injury, the Canucks will have a chance to let him heal up in the upcoming break.

Markstrom (23-16-4, 2.75 goals-against average, .918 save percentage) has outplayed his backup Thatcher Demko (13-10-2, 3.06 GAA, .905 SV%), so getting the Swede back would be huge for the Canucks’ playoff hopes.

The Colorado Avalanche should be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the delay, as they were playing without Nathan MacKinnon, Joonas Donskoi, Andre Burakovsky, Mikko Rantanen, Philipp Grubauer and Nazem Kadri when action came to a halt. If the Avs can get those players back, they’ll be in excellent shape for a deep Stanley Cup run.

So Long, Momentum

Another factor is the complete loss of momentum for streaking teams like the Bruins. Boston led the NHL with 100 points going into the break and had won 16 of its last 20 games. The Flyers were enjoying their best season in recent memory, going 19-6-1 in their last 26 games prior to the pause.

Looking for more hockey betting information? Head over to our NHL page. Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds:

Odds to Win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup
Boston Bruins+600
Tampa Bay Lightning+700
Vegas Golden Knights+700
Colorado Avalanche+800
Philadelphia Flyers+900
St. Louis Blues+900
Washington Capitals+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1600
Dallas Stars+1800
Toronto Maple Leafs+1800
Nashville Predators+2000
Edmonton Oilers+2200
Vancouver Canucks+2800
Calgary Flames+3300
Carolina Hurricanes+3300
Arizona Coyotes+5000
Minnesota Wild+5000
New York Islanders+5000
New York Rangers+5000
Winnipeg Jets+5000
Florida Panthers+6600
Columbus Blue Jackets+10000
Chicago Blackhawks+25000
Montreal Canadiens+100000

Odds as of March 17 at BetOnline

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What is a Futures Bet on Stanley Cup Odds?

Before hockey season starts, oddsmakers will release their lines on each team’s chance of winning the shiny championship trophy. If you were to place a wager at any point before the Stanley Cup Final, you would be making a futures bet. This is a bet that deals with events that will happen in time. For instance, you could bet on the Detroit Red Wings to win the Cup in September, but you would not see the results of your bet until the postseason.

How to Read NHL Stanley Cup Odds

At your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see Stanley Cup odds listed like this:

Tampa Bay Lightning +300

Toronto Maple Leafs +450

Vegas Golden Knights +500

Boston Bruins +800

Unlike a moneyline bet where there is a clear favorite and underdog, for an NHL futures bet, you would consider the team with the lowest odds as the fave. In this case, it’s Tampa. The team with the highest odds would be the dog. For this example, it’s Boston.

Let’s say hockey season is about to start and you’ve done your research. You believe that it’s Toronto’s year, so you lay down $40 on the Leafs to win the Cup. If they do win it all, you’d see a payout of $220 – your original $40 is returned along with your winnings of $180.

You can use our Odds Calculator to figure out what you’d win based on the amount you bet and the odds.

When it comes to futures, get in on the action early. The closer it gets to the NHL playoffs, the more the odds will shift. Oddsmakers update the lines for these bets frequently as teams slip and fall in the standings. Injuries, trades and coaching changes will affect a team’s odds of making it to the Cup Final, and those who set the lines take that into consideration when updating the odds.

As mentioned above, it’s important to keep in mind that when you make your NHL futures picks, you won’t see a return until Lord Stanley’s Cup is awarded to the winner.