The Tampa Bay Lightning flamed out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a 128-point 2018-19 regular season, but sportsbooks have clearly wiped the slate clean entering a new season.
The Lightning are strong favorites by oddsmakers to hoist the Stanley Cup next summer. PointsBet and FanDuel are offering Tampa Bay at +700, while DraftKings has the Lightning at +750. Of the three books, only the Toronto Maple Leafs, at +950 by FanDuel, are being offered at lower than +1000.
Oddsmakers are mixed on who poses the biggest threat to Tampa Bay. PointsBet is offering the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins at +1000, while DraftKings has the Vegas Golden Knights at +1100, followed by Toronto (+1200) and Boston (+1300).
Tampa Bay figures to have a tough road to haul with Boston and Toronto in the Eastern Conference, while Las Vegas is the unanimous favorite out of the Western Conference by all three books. The Golden Knights are +375 to reach the Finals by PointsBet, followed by the Colorado Avalanche (+500).
Odds are a bit tempered on the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. PointsBet has the St. Louis Blues as the sixth favorite entering the season at +1500 (same odds as FanDuel), while DraftKings has them at +1800 to repeat.
For those who strongly believe the eventual champion will come from a core group of top teams, FanDuel is offering a prop bet of Tampa Bay, Toronto, Boston, Vegas and St. Louis (+146) vs. The Field (-180) to win the Stanley Cup.
With the Rangers, Islanders and Devils all mired in the middle of the pack, some books are offering a regional prop bet for the team finishing with the most regular season points. PointsBet is offering: Devils +140, Islanders +175 and Rangers +250, while DraftKings is Devils +120, Islanders +200 and Rangers +275.
DraftKings is offering a 3.5 Over/Under on how many Canadian teams reach the playoffs.
Stanley Cup champion odds (PointsBet) Tampa Bay Lightning: +700 Boston Bruins: +1000 Toronto Maple Leafs: +1000 Vegas Golden Knights: +1100 Dallas Stars: +1400 St. Louis Blues: +1500 Calgary Flames: +1600 Colorado Avalanche: +1600 Nashville Predators: +1600 Washington Capitals: +1600 San Jose Sharks: +1800 Carolina Hurricanes: +2000 Florida Panthers: +2000 Pittsburgh Penguins: +2000 Winnipeg Jets: +2000 New Jersey Devils: +2500 New York Islanders: +3000 Montreal Canadiens: +3500 New York Rangers: +3500 Philadelphia Flyers: +3500 Arizona Coyotes: +4000 Chicago Blackhawks: +4000 Edmonton Oilers: +4000 Vancouver Canucks: +4500 Columbus Blue Jackets: +5000 Minnesota Wild: +5000 Buffalo Sabres: +6600 Anaheim Ducks: +8000 Los Angeles Kings: +8000 Detroit Red Wings: +10000 Ottawa Senators: +25000