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.