Stanley Cup Odds & Picks

Updated 2020 Stanley Cup Odds, Favorites, Longshots & Sharp Picks

The 2020 NHL season is coming back but straight to the playoffs. Keep reading for the latest Stanley Cup odds and who the top picks are.

Updated 2020 Stanley Cup Odds

  • Tampa Bay Lightning +570
  • Boston Bruins +650
  • Vegas Golden Knights +700
  • Colorado Avalanche +850
  • St. Louis Blues +1000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +1200
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
  • Washington Capitals +1300
  • Dallas Stars +1600
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +2000
  • Nashville Predators +3000
  • Chicago Blackhawks +3000
  • Edmonton Oilers +3000
  • Arizona Coyotes +3300
  • New York Rangers +3500
  • Minnesota Wild +4000
  • Carolina Hurricanes +4500
  • Calgary Flames +5000
  • Vancouver Canucks +5000
  • Winnipeg Jets +5000
  • Florida Panthers +5500
  • New York Islanders +6000
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +6600
  • Montreal Canadiens +7500

Stanley Cup Betting Favorite: Tampa Bay Lightning +570

NHL recently came out with a 24-team regular season restart plan. Under the format, 4-teams from each conference automatically make it to the playoffs.

Those 8-teams play in a round-robin in each contest to determine playoff seeds. Tampa Bay is one of the four round-robin teams in the East.

That’s why the Lightning is favored at +570. But from a hockey stand-point, should Tampa Bay offer such low odds?

In 2018-2019, Tampa Bay won 62 during regular-season games. They bowed out of the playoffs in the first round. This year’s argument is that Tampa is well-rested.

But every participating team will be well-rested. Not only that, but every team also got a chance to get their injured players healthy.

The odds on the Lightning make them an underlay. Back Tampa Bay if you want. Know that no team has an edge over any other in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, which makes accepting low odds a bad idea.

The Sharp Stanley Cup Pick: St. Louis Blues +1000

There are a couple of reasons to like the St. Louis Blues to repeat. The first has to do with odds.

St. Louis is the lone Top 5 odds contender that offers at least +1000. Boston’s odds to win the Cup are +700. Colorado’s odds are +850. Like the Bruins, the Vegas Golden Knights offer +700.

There’s another reason to like the Blues. Right-wing Vladimir Tarasenko will be healthy.

Tarasenko was a huge part of St. Louis’ march to the Stanley Cup last season. We can’t discount the effect a healthy Tarasenko will have the Blues’ during this year’s playoffs.

The Blues won the Cup last year, get Vladimir back, and had played well enough to win one of the deepest divisions in hockey, the Western Conference Central, before the shutdown. What’s not to like?

The Longshot Stanley Cup Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs +20000

Before the season started, Toronto was one of the favorites at +850 to win the Cup. What changed?

The pandemic. If this were a normal season, the Leafs would be the third seed from the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. That accounts for Toronto’s overlay odds.

The new playoff format means the Maple Leafs must play into the Round of 16. When hockey returns, Toronto’s first opponent will be the Columbus Blue Jackets.

No worries. Artemi Panarin bounced from Columbus to the New York Rangers. He’s not the only player the 2019-2020 Columbus Blue Jackets lost.

The Leafs should handle the Jackets. If they were one of the Top 4 from the East, their odds would be no worse than +1000, like St. Louis’.

That makes Toronto a huge overlay at double the Blues’ odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup. The fact they average 3.39 goals per, behind only Tampa Bay and Washington, makes them even more attractive.

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Must Watch Games March 9-15

NHL Must Watch Games March 9-15

With several sports considering playing in empty stadiums due to the Corona Virus, will the home teams lose the benefits fo playing in front of a friendly crowd?

NHL Must Watch Games March 9-15

Monday, March 9

Florida Panthers at St. Louis Blues

In the last head-to-head match, St. Louis beat Florida 3-2. The Blues hit a rough patch in late February, though. They’ve lost 4-of-5. Give the Panthers a shot.

Tuesday, March 10

Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers

Heading into the week, Boston has won 4-of-5. But the Flyers scored 6 goals against the Bruins in the last match. Since the second half started, Philadelphia has turned it on. They get the win.

Wednesday, March 11

San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks

Two of the most disappointing teams in the Western Conference throw down on Wednesday. San Jose has dropped the body 39 times this season. The Sharks beat the Blackhawks 4-2 in the last head-to-head, though. Back SJ.

Thursday, March 12

New York Islanders at Calgary Flames

Heading into the week, the Islanders have lost 6 straight. Calgary has won 3 straight. Flames should win. They’re worth backing on the puck line because NYI is a mess.

Friday, March 13

Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche

From Feb. 27 to March 4, the Canucks had lost 4 straight. Vancouver broke the losing streak on March 6 with a 6-3 win against Colorado. The Avalanche are the better team. The Canucks have proven they can hang. Back the dog at the expected overlay odds.

Saturday, March 14

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins

Toronto has lost 3 in a row heading into the week. Boston drubbed the Leafs 4-2 in the last match. Although the Leafs will score, the blue line won’t keep the Bruins from at least 4 again. Back Boston on the puck line.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes

February and early March haven’t been kind to the Pens. Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in their last 9. Carolina hasn’t played much better, though. Does that mean Pittsburgh gets the win? It doesn’t because home ice will means something on Saturday. Go with the Hurricanes.

Sunday, March 15

Montreal Canadiens at Anaheim Ducks

The Canadiens took the last head-to-head. Montreal beat Anaheim 3-2. But, the Ducks are in decent form, 4-2 SU in their last 6. Anaheim gets the nod.

Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild

Heading into the week the Predators have won 2 in a row after losing 3 straight. Both wins happened against the Dallas Stars. In the last match against the Wild, Minnesota dropped the Preds 3-1. Wild make it 2 in a row against Nashville.

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NHL Must Watch Games Mar 2 – 8

NHL Must Watch Games Mar 2 – 8

It’s March and that means the contenders and pretenders in the NHL should be clearly defined.  Keep reading to find out this week’s must-watch and bet NHL games for the week of March 2nd the 8th.

NHL Must Watch Games Mar 2 – 8

Monday, March 1

Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators

The Oilers aren’t in their best form. Edmonton has gone 2-4 in their last 6 heading into the week. They beat the Preds 3-2 in the last matchup, though. Give the Oilers a shot.

Tuesday, March 2

Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning

In their last 2, the Bruins bounced back from 2 straight losses with wins against the Stars and Islanders. That could spell bad news for the Lightning. Tampa broke a 4-match losing streak on Feb. 29. But although the Bruins have a chance, the Lightning won 3-2 in the last head-to-head. Tampa keeps it going with a huge win.

Wednesday, March 3

Arizona Coyotes at Vancouver Canucks

In the last match, the Canucks forced the Coyotes to drop the body in a great 3-1 win. No evidence to suggest Arizona turns it around on Wednesday. Back Vancouver.

Thursday, March 4

Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers

Carolina’s form has sky-dived off the proverbial cliff. The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5. Because the Flyers are 6-1 in their last 7, the Hurricanes’ dive figures to continue past the water and to the bottom of the ocean.

Friday, March 5

Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets

Vegas leads the Pacific Division. Also, they won 8 straight from Feb. 13 through Feb. 28. Golden Knights get it done.

Colorado Avalanche at Vancouver Canucks

Colorado fans aren’t happy the Avs didn’t make a splashy trade before the deadline. No worries. As of March 1, Colorado is just 3 points behind the Blues in the Central. They won’t allow a team like Vancouver to set them back.

Saturday, March 6

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

The Caps, Pens, and Flyers are at the top of the Metro Standings. That makes this match one of the most important of the week. The Caps bested the Penguins 5-3 in the last head-to-head. Give D.C. a shot to make it 2 in a row.

New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers

From Feb. 20 through Feb. 25, the Devils won 3 straight. But the Rangers bogarted goals in a 6-3 loss the last time NJD faced NYR. New York by at least 2 looks solid.

Sunday, March 7

St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks

The worst team in the Central takes on the best. The last time this happened, Chicago lost by a goal, 5-6. Give the Blackhawks a chance to turn the tables and grab a win in the rematch.

Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks

The Avs buried the Sharks 4-0 in the last match. Nothing changes on Sunday because San Jose hasn’t gotten better while Colorado is scorching.

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