Tampa Bay Lightning Open As 2020 Stanley Cup Favorites After Last Season’s Shocking Collapse

After the Tampa Bay Lightning broke numerous NHL records during the regular season a year ago, the Bolts will look to bounce back after their shocking upset in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lightning—who won the Presidents’ Trophy last year and tied the NHL single-season record with 62 wins—were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round after entering as the favorite to win the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.

Despite last season’s setback, the Bovada Sportsbook oddsmakers believe the Lightning have the best chance to win the Stanley Cup in 2020, listing the team as the favorites at +700 odds.

When converted to an implied probability, we can see the Bolts have a 12.50% chance to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end of the 2019-20 NHL season.

However, the Bolts are by no means a heavy favorite. The Toronto Maple Leafs are listed at +850 odds, giving them a 10.53% chance and the best shot of any Canadian NHL team.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are third with +1000 odds, 9.09% chance, after making it to the Finals two years ago in their inaugural season.

The defending champion St. Louis Blues—who won a thrilling seven-game series 4-3 over the Boston Bruins—come in at +1500 odds, 6.25% chance, so it doesn’t look like Scott Berry, a Blues fan who won $100,000 from a $400 bet, will get the same odds this time around.

The Bruins, last year’s runner up, have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup than the defending champs at +1100 odds, an 8.33% chance.

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2020 NHL Stanley Cup Odds

NHL Odds found at Bovada Sportsbook

  • Tampa Bay Lightning +700
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +850
  • Vegas Golden Knights +1000
  • Boston Bruins +1100
  • Colorado Avalanche +1200
  • St. Louis Blues +1500
  • Florida Panthers +1800
  • Nashville Predators +1800
  • Dallas Stars +1600
  • San Jose Sharks +1800
  • Washington Capitals +2000
  • Calgary Flames +2000
  • Winnipeg Jets +2500
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +2500
  • New Jersey Devils +2500
  • New York Islanders +3500
  • Carolina Hurricanes +3000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +3300
  • Chicago Blackhawks +3300
  • Edmonton Oilers +3300
  • Montreal Canadiens +3500
  • New York Rangers +4000
  • Arizona Coyotes +4500
  • Vancouver Canucks +4000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +6000
  • Minnesota Wild +5500
  • Buffalo Sabres +6600
  • Anaheim Ducks +8000
  • Los Angeles Kings +8000
  • Detroit Red Wings +8000
  • Ottawa Senators +20000