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Stacked Lightning are the Team to Beat in Stanley Cup Odds

Odds to Win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup

Although Tampa Bay suffered a historic first-round sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2018-19 NHL playoffs, oddsmakers expect the Lightning to lift the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history as the Bolts are the +750 front-runners to go all the way this year.

The Toronto Maple Leafs (+900), Vegas Golden Knights (+1000), Boston Bruins (+1100), Colorado Avalanche (+1300), St. Louis Blues (+1500), Florida Panthers (+1700), Dallas Stars (+1700), Nashville Predators (+1800), and San Jose Sharks (+1800) trail the Lightning on the oddsboard at Bovada.

Are the Leafs Getting Too Much Respect?

It’s interesting to see the Leafs above the Bruins on the oddsboard for a variety of reasons. Toronto is coming off its second straight first-round playoff loss to the B’s, and this season is likely a make-or-break one for head coach Mike Babcock if the Leafs can’t make it out of the opening round. The Bruins are an aging club, but given their track record against the Leafs and their run to the Stanley Cup Final, I wouldn’t bet against them in the postseason this year.

If you’re surprised to see the Panthers so high, you shouldn’t be. Florida landed star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and improved its defensive corps in the offseason, and Joel Quenneville – one of the top coaches in the NHL – is set to make his South Beach debut this season. The Panthers could already score with ease, so I think the new additions will make them a legitimate playoff contender in 2019-20.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds:

Odds to Win the 2019-20 Stanley Cup
Tampa Bay Lightning+750
Toronto Maple Leafs+900
Vegas Golden Knights+1000
Boston Bruins+1100
Colorado Avalanche+1300
St. Louis Blues+1500
Florida Panthers+1700
Dallas Stars+1700
Nashville Predators+1800
San Jose Sharks+1800
Washington Capitals+2000
Calgary Flames+2000
Winnipeg Jets+2200
Pittsburgh Penguins+2400
New Jersey Devils+2500
New York Islanders+3000
Carolina Hurricanes+3300
Philadelphia Flyers+3300
Chicago Blackhawks+3300
Edmonton Oilers+3500
Montreal Canadiens+3500
New York Rangers+3500
Arizona Coyotes+4000
Vancouver Canucks+4000
Columbus Blue Jackets+5000
Minnesota Wild+5500
Buffalo Sabres+6600
Anaheim Ducks+8000
Los Angeles Kings+8000
Detroit Red Wings+8000
Ottawa Senators+20000

Odds as of September 19 at Bovada