- BetOnline has updated its Stanley Cup odds for all 31 NHL teams before puck drop on Wednesday.
- The Lightning (+700) are the favorites, but teams like the Panthers (+1600) and Stars (+2000) are trending upwards
- The Bruins (+1400) and Blues’ (+1600) title odds have fallen in recent months
After a summer of long, drawn-out restricted-free-agent negotiations with many of the league’s top stars, the NHL season is finally getting underway on Wednesday.
ODDS TO WIN 2020 STANLEY CUP
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+700|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+1200|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+1200|
|St. Louis Blues||+1600|
|San Jose Sharks||+2000|
|New Jersey Devils||+2500|
|New York Islanders||+2500|
|New York Rangers||+2500|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+5000|
|Los Angeles Kings||+6600|
|Detroit Red Wings||+10000|
SURGING STANLEY CUP ODDS
With dynamic RFA Brayden Point wrapped on an affordable bridge deal, Tampa Bay is now at 7/1 to hoist Lord Stanley (8/1 in June).
It’s hard to argue with oddsmakers given the Lightning set an NHL record with 62 regular-season wins last year and have the favorites to win the Hart, Art Ross, Norris and Vezina trophies on their roster.
The Lightning have re-signed Point to a three-year, $20.25 million contract.https://t.co/irW3TFiMg1
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 23, 2019
Two hundred miles southeast, the Panthers’ Cup odds are hotter than the Miami sun, rising from 25/1 to 16/1 in just three months. Florida brought in two-time Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky and Joel Quenneville, a coach with three rings and a killer mustache, to join underrated Finnish superstar Aleksander Barkov.
However, considering the organization’s sad history, +180 to miss the playoffs might be the superior play.
The Coyotes are up to 25/1 (33/1 in June) following their trade for six-time 30-goal scorer Phil Kessel, and both the Devils and Rangers went from 66/1 to 25/1 after drafting Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko with the first two picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Jack Hughes introduces himself to the King
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) September 20, 2019
The Central Divsion’s Dallas Stars have jumped from 28/1 to 20/1 in recent months, but I still believe they’re one of the top value bets on the board.
FALLING STANLEY CUP ODDS
Boston’s title odds have fallen from 9/1 to 14/1, but for better or worse, these are the same Bruins who cruised to last year’s Cup final before falling apart on home ice in Game 7 against St. Louis.
The Blues seemingly bolstered their chances to repeat by acquiring Justin Faulk from the Hurricanes and wrapping up 24-year-old defenseman on a long-term extension, but their Cup odds went from 12/1 in the summer to 16/1 today.
Washington has kept the core of their 2018 championship club intact, but Alexander Ovechkin and company have gone from 16-1 to 20-1 longshots in the past three months.
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) September 29, 2019
San Jose’s odds took the exact same nosedive, which probably doesn’t bode well for 40-year-old Joe Thornton, who recently signed on for one more year.
Finally, no team’s odds plummeted further than the poor Blue Jackets, who experienced a mass exodus over the summer. After losing star players Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky to free agency, Columbus went from 28/1 to 50/1 to win the Stanley Cup.