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Stanley Cup Odds: Golden Knights, Lightning Are Co-Faves to Go All the Way

Odds to win the 2018 Stanley Cup and Betting

After knocking the Winnipeg Jets out of the playoffs, the Vegas Golden Knights are now tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning as Stanley Cup co-favorites at sportsbooks.

Vegas and Tampa Bay are +112 to lift Lord Stanley’s trophy at 5Dimes. The Knights dispatched the Jets in five games in the Western Conference final and kept their miraculous inaugural season alive. This is uncharted territory for an NHL expansion team, and books in Sin City will likely find themselves cheering against their hometown team due to Vegas’ sky-high odds at the beginning of the year.

In the Eastern Conference final, the Lightning have rattled off three consecutive wins and now lead the series 3-2 over the Washington Capitals. The Caps have a long history of disappointing showings in the playoffs, but this one would sting the most if they drop Game 6 in the franchise’s first trip to the conference final in two decades.

The Caps are +850 long shots to go all the way ahead of Monday’s massive tilt. OddsShark has got you covered for NHL Stanley Cup playoffs betting analysis and predictions from puckdrop of the first game to when the captain of the winning squad hoists the Stanley Cup.

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2017-18 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Vegas Golden Knights+112+20000
Tampa Bay Lightning+112+1200
Washington Capitals+850+1000

Odds as of May 21 at 5Dimes

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The NHL trade deadline has passed and after some last-minute deals, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights share the top spot on the oddsboard as +600 favorites to win the Stanley Cup.  

Online sportsbook Bovada has had Tampa Bay near or at the top of its list since the puck dropped back in October and the Lightning currently have the best win-loss record in the NHL. Vegas is right behind Tampa in the overall standings and the value that existed with the Golden Knights opening at +20000 is all but gone.

Here are some risers and fallers on the odds table that you should be paying attention to.

RISERS

Philadelphia +2800

The hottest team in the NHL, the Flyers are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games and have leaped over the Capitals for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Led by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, scoring has never been an issue for this squad but their defense has been excellent lately, holding teams to 2.31 goals per game in February. The only knock on them may be goaltending as starter Brian Elliott is on IR until the end of March and backup Michal Neuvirth is also out with a lower-body injury.

Pittsburgh +700

It’s hard to believe that sportsbooks were offering Pittsburgh’s odds around +1800 near the end of December. Fast-forward two months and the Penguins have been the highest-scoring team in the league in both January and February. This scoring surge has launched them to third in the Metropolitan Division as Pittsburgh aims for its third Stanley Cup in a row. Adding more depth at center with Derick Brassard doesn’t hurt either.

FALLERS

St. Louis Blues +2500

The Blues have taken a tumble recently that has dropped them out of the playoff race in the Western Conference. At 3-7 SU in their last 10 games, fans and analysts thought St. Louis would be a buyer at the deadline in an attempt to bolster the offense. Instead, the Blues dealt their second-best center and sit five points back of Minnesota in their division. The clock may be ticking on their window of contention.

New Jersey Devils +4000

The Devils are doing everything they can to remain in the playoff hunt. They acquired Michael Grabner and Patrick Maroon at the deadline and are ready to make a push in the final leg of the NHL season. One of the main reasons for their recent decline, however, has been goaltending as Cory Schneider remains on IR with a groin injury. If he isn’t back to 100 percent, it could be trouble in New Jersey.

2017-18 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning+600+1200
Vegas Golden Knights+600+20000
Nashville Predators+700+1400
Pittsburgh Penguins+700+800
Boston Bruins+800+1800
Winnipeg Jets+1100+4000
Toronto Maple Leafs+1100+1600
Washington Capitals+1400+1000
Anaheim Ducks+1800+1200
Dallas Stars+2200+2000
St. Louis Blues+2500+1600
Minnesota Wild+2800+1400
San Jose Sharks+2800+2000
Philadelphia Flyers+2800+4000
Calgary Flames+3300+2800
Los Angeles Kings+3300+2000
New Jersey Devils+4000+10000
Columbus Blue Jackets+5000+1600
New York Islanders+6600+2800
Colorado Avalanche+6600+8000
Carolina Hurricanes+7500+6600
Florida Panthers+7500+4000
New York Rangers+30000+1400
Chicago Blackhawks+30000+1600
Detroit Red Wings+30000+8000

Odds as of February 27 at Bovada

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