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Lightning Enter Summer Atop 2019 Stanley Cup Odds

Odds of Tampa Bay Lightning Winning 2019 Stanley Cup

After closing out the NHL season atop the Eastern Conference standings, the Tampa Bay Lightning fell one win short of advancing to the Stanley Cup final. Despite that disappointing result, the Lightning have emerged as early favorites to raise the hardware next season, perched as a +900 bet on the 2019 Stanley Cup futures odds.

Tampa Bay had a pair of opportunities to clinch a berth in this year’s Stanley Cup final after marching to a 3-2 series lead in their Eastern Conference final matchup with the Washington Capitals. However, Washington shut down the vaunted Lightning offense with consecutive shutout victories, capped by a 4-0 win as a +121 underdog in Game 7, earning the Capitals their first trip to the Stanley Cup final since 1998.

The Capitals carried over that momentum into their Stanley Cup final matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights, rebounding from a 6-4 loss in Game 1 with four straight victories to claim their first Stanley Cup title and pay out as +115 on the NHL playoff series prices.

The Capitals remain near the top of the 2019 Stanley Cup odds, joining the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets at +1000. However, change has already come to Washington, most notably with the recent departure of head coach Barry Trotz, leaving the door open for assistant coach Todd Reirden, who has emerged as heavy -750 favorite to take over as the club’s bench boss.

The Maple Leafs continued their steady climb back to respectability in 2017/18, establishing new franchise records for regular-season wins and points, but have failed to advance past the first round in each of their past three postseason appearances.

The Jets enter the summer near the top of the odds to win the Stanley Cup following their best season in franchise history. Winners of 52 regular season games, the Jets flirted with the top of the odds in Stanley Cup betting during their march to the Western Conference final, but were unable to solve the Golden Knights on their way to a series defeat in five games.

 

Vegas Tied with Nashville on Stanley Cup Betting Lines

Following their spectacular NHL debut in 2017/18, the Golden Knights look toward their second year of existence knotted with the Nashville Predators at +1100 on the 2019 Stanley Cup odds, ahead of the Boston Bruins, who sit alongside the Pittsburgh Penguins at +1200.

The Golden Knights set the new standard for first-year NHL clubs, recording 51 wins while finishing fourth in the league in team goals. With approximately $30 million in projected cap space, Vegas is also expected to be an active player in this summer’s free agent market.

Fresh off their first trip to the Stanley Cup final in 2017, the Predators racked up a league-leading 117 points this past season, while the Bruins and Penguins are also expected to be active this summer after making second-round exits from this spring’s playoffs.

Further down the Stanley Cup betting lines, the Edmonton Oilers join the San Jose Sharks at +1800, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks at +2200, while the Anaheim Ducks sit level with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers at +2500.

 

*Odds as of June 22, 2018

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