The Tampa Bay Lightning have opened as the top choice with the NHL odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup. The Lightning were Presidents Trophy champions as the team with the best record for the 2019-20 regular season.
NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Futures Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning 6/1, Vegas Golden Knights 7/1, Toronto Maple Leafs 10/1, Colorado Avalanche 12/1, Boston Bruins 12/1, St. Louis Blues 16/1, Dallas Stars 16/1, Calgary Flames 20/1, Florida Panthers 20/1, Nashville Predators 20/1, Washington Capitals 20/1, Pittsburgh Penguins 25/1, San Jose Sharks 25/1, Winnipeg Jets 25/1, New Jersey Devils 30/1, Carolina Hurricanes 30/1, New York Rangers 30/1, Arizona Coyotes 30/1, New York Islanders 40/1, Vancouver Canucks 40/1, Chicago Blackhawks 40/1, Philadelphia Flyers 40/1, Edmonton Oilers 50/1, Montreal Canadiens 60/1, Buffalo Sabres 80/1, Minnesota Wild 80/1, Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1, Anaheim Ducks 200/1, Detroit Red Wings 200/1, Los Angeles Kings 200/1, Ottawa Senators 500/1
Betting Analysis for 2020 Stanley Cup Futures Odds
Public money based on reputation and marquee status goes a long way towards explaining the Lightning and their favorite status. Vegas has become something of a trendy team that is popular with the large gambling base in their hometown area. Toronto is “old money” and a top marquee brand as the most valuable franchise in the NHL as named by Forbes. The Maple Leafs have the largest fan base in hockey and that translates into betting favorite status any time that they are good.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lighting will return virtually all of their key components from their top regular season team of last year. Tampa Bay finished with a record of 62-20-3-1 and was the top goal scoring team, in the NHL last year. Many believe that the problem for the Bolts last year was that they failed to encounter much in the way of adversity. When Columbus jumped all over them the Lightning looked completely lost. Certainly, no team is as talented as Tampa Bay. But is the price to high on what is likely the best team in hockey?
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas was not as good in their second season and needed a strong second half serge to ensure a playoff berth. That being said the Golden Knights remain an upper tier team that can win any playoff series they are in. But are they really worthy of being the second pick to win the Stanley Cup? Vegas ranked only 13th in the NHL for goal scoring and 10th for goals against last year with a record of 46-34-7-2.
Toronto Maple Leafs
A blockbuster trade highlights the Maple Leafs offseason and enhances what was already their status as a top favorite for the Stanley Cup. Toronto sent Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen to Colorado for Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot. Barrie is seen as the offensive style defenseman and power play quarterback that is essential for a Stanley Cup charge. Barrie must help shore up a backend that remains suspect to many gamblers. Toronto finished 20th in the NHL for goals against last year and could not kill off the Boston Bruins in the playoffs despite having a chance to clinch the series on home ice.
St. Louis Blues
It’s no surprise that the defending Stanley Cup champions are not a favorite to repeat. What is most ironic is that the Blues will be a better team this year and yet not likely repeat as champions. St. Louis caught lightning in a bottle with a Cinderella run for the ages last spring.
2020 Stanley Cup Futures Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning