The 2019/20 NHL season is scheduled to start again on the 1st of August with 24 teams competing for the Stanley Cup. 12 teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference will take part in the special playoffs organised in two hub cities. In the 2020 NHL winner predictions Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are the favourites, let’s see their chances.
In the shortened season and new playoff system, the first four teams from both conferences are already through to the next round. But they will play one game against each other to define the order of the top 4. In the Eastern Conference, these teams include Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers. While in the Western Conference St Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars are already through. The remaining eight teams from both conferences will play in a best-of-five series.
2020 NHL winner predictions favour Eastern Conference teams to get the victory
Online sportsbooks in the US are offering similar odds for Boston Bruins (6.15) and Tampa Bay Lightnings (6.35) to become champions. Boston Bruins are the third-oldest active team in the NHL, it was founded in 1924. They have won the Stanley Cup six times so far making them the fourth most successful team. As a defending Eastern Conference Champions, the team has already won this season’s Presidents Trophy after the shortened regular season.
This year Boston will try to win the Stanley Cup as well. After they lost the seventh game against St Louis Blues in last season’s final. But they would need key players like David Pastrnak and captain David Krejci back to training which they were missing so far. The situation is similar with one of their biggest rivals, Tampa Bay Lightning who finished the regular season in 2nd place. Last year’s winners of the Presidents Trophy were out in the first round in the 2019’s playoff. So surely they are aiming to get much further this time, with the lead of their Russian top goalscorer Nikita Kucherov.
Last season’s champions are also in the favourites
As we mentioned, St Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup last season and they also won this year’s regular season in the Western Conference. The team won their first Stanley Cup in 2019 after reaching the final for the fourth time in the club’s history. They kept their great form this season as well and have the chance to defend their title. Online gambling sites in the US are giving them the odds of 8.30 to do so. Even though they are only ranked third in the possible Western Conference winners.
Where Vegas Golden Knights are ahead of them with the odds of 3.50. With their great goaltenders, Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner Vegas have the speed and style which would make them a difficult opponent for everyone. The team has only been playing in the NHL since 2017 but already reached the final in their first season. They lost there though against the Washington Capitals. Now their odds to go all along are 8.50 according to the 2020 NHL winner predictions.
While another team from the Western Conference, Colorado Avalanche can also get to the final and win it after finishing second in the regular season. With players like Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon the team has one of the best first line. Along with young players, Colorado can easily win their third Stanley Cup, their odds are 8.70 to do so.