Avs, Lightning early '21 Stanley Cup favorites

As Tampa Bay celebrated the return of the Stanley Cup with a socially distanced celebration on Wednesday, the Lightning have already been installed as one of the favorites to win the Cup next year.

The Colorado Avalanche have the shortest initial odds at several sportsbooks, including being offered at +700 by SportsBetting.com. That was slightly ahead of the Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights at +750.

There was room between the top three and the Boston Bruins (+1000) and Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals at +1800. No other team was being offered at shorter than +2000.

The once-mighty Detroit Red Wings were by far the longest shots at +15000, with the Ottawa Senators at +10000 bringing the next longest odds.

The Lightning won their second Stanley Cup final on Monday night, defeating the Dallas Stars in six games. The Avalanche finished second in the Western Conference with 92 points, but were eliminated by Dallas in overtime of Game 7 in the conference semifinals.

2021 Stanley Cup odds (SportsBetting.com)
Colorado Avalanche: +700
Tampa Bay Lightning: +750
Vegas Golden Knights: +750
Boston Bruins: +1000
Philadelphia Flyers: +1800
Washington Capitals: +1800
Dallas Stars: +2000
Toronto Maple Leafs: +2000
Edmonton Oilers: +2500
Pittsburgh Penguins: +2500
St. Louis Blues: +2500
New York Islanders: +2500
Vancouver Canucks: +2500
Carolina Hurricanes: +2800
New York Rangers: +2800
Calgary Flames: +3300
Nashville Predators: +3300
Winnipeg Jets: +3300
Arizona Coyotes: +4500
Columbus Blue Jackets: +4500
Florida Panthers: +5000
Minnesota Wild: +5000
Montral Canadiens: +5000
San Jose Sharks: +5000
New Jersey Devils: +6600
Buffalo Sabres: +6600
Los Angeles Kings: +6600
Anaheim Ducks: +8000
Chicago Blackhawks: +8000
Ottawa Senators: +10000
Detroit Red Wings: +15000

--Field Level Media

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