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With 62 wins by now, and a season ending in less than a month the Tampa Bay Lightning is leading the NHL Stanley Cup odds. Online sportsbooks in the USA are predicting that the Bolts are unlikely to step down from their spot. If they can finish the season in the first place, which is highly possible, they’ll get the first seed. That will give them considerable advantages in the NHL Stanley Cup games.
Even though last season was not one of the Tampa Bay’s best seasons, the team will be returning stronger than ever in the play-offs. Most of their main players were side-lined for several reasons. All of them are expecting their comeback in the Cup games. However, it’s not going to be an easy game for them for sure. Boston Bruins’ statistics have been pretty promising too. They are closely followed by Washington Capitals, St.Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.
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NHL Stanley Cup Odds- The latest favorites
Tampa Bay Lightning is the Bovada sportsbook’s favorite in the NHL Stanley Cup odds with +700 betting odds. The Stanley Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the hockey world. Probably because of that, the competition seems to be so intense that four teams are in the second place in the betting list.
Washington Capitals is in second place in the NHL Metropolitan division with 37-17-5 records and 79 points in total. As long as the team leaders Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov can keep their forms and can get good enough support from the team members, they have a +900 betting odds at Bovada sportsbook.
Last year’s champions St.Louis Blues are now sharing the second place in the betting odds with Colorado Avalanche and Capitals. With their backbone of the scoring attack Vladimir Tarasenko injured, the Blues don’t have as good a chance as at winning as the last year. If he gets in the heat of the Stanley Cup without fully recovering, the risk is too high. If he gets injured again after the surgery, it might even end his career. However, the Blues have managed to get a new defenseman Marco Scandella during the trade season. The NHL Stanley cup 2020 winner betting predictions favor them to at least get to the finals.
Colorado Avalanche is standing at third place in the Central Division with a total of 75 points. As of the latest NHL Stanley Cup odds they were in second place with +900 odds according to online sportsbooks in the US. Even though they didn’t start the season that great, they have proved themselves worthy of a cup in the games. Team rookie Martin Kaut is planning to make his Stanley Cup debut in this season.
When is the Stanley Cup?
The NHL Stanley Cup will be hosting its 103rd edition this season. The regular season will end on April 4, 2020, after 82 games between 31 teams. 16 teams advance to the Stanley Cup, eight from each conference. The selection is based on the points the teams collect throughout the regular season.
This season, Stanley Cup play-offs will begin four days after the season finale, on April 8th. The entire play-off continues for about two months and ends with the Stanley Cup finals which will take place at the end of May. The list of teams advancing to the play-off is not out yet.
The teams in the play-offs will hold the games taking turns. The tickets cost an average of 200 dollars, with some exceptions such as Rangers and Red Wings. You can buy the tickets from the official NHL site, or from the team websites. The officials warn against any other sketchy websites or individuals, so make sure to check the legibility of that before making any purchase.
Which team won the Stanley Cup last year?
St.Louis Blues won the franchise’s first championship in a final against Boston Bruins. The NHL Stanley Cup odds were against them at the beginning of the season, and they were at the last place in the league. It was surprising enough when they managed to advance to the play-offs, but nobody even thought that they would win.
They have started the season with their worst record of 15-18-4 and the head coach Mike Yeo was fired. After the Blues’ assistant coach Craig Berube replaced him and a Jordan Binnington joined the team, the team stat starts to see the upturn. The Blues’ advanced to the finals for the first time since 1970 and celebrated their first-ever championship.
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