Who Are the 2020 Stanley Cup Favorites? Odds & Predictions
- Now three full months into lockdown, the NHL has put forward a plan in which the league hopes to resume play by the end of July
- The two Eastern conference juggernauts, Boston and Tampa Bay, share the best odds to hoist the Stanley Cup at the season’s end
- Last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the St. Louis Blues, rank within the top-8 teams to win the 2020 championship
NHL Championship Winner 2020 Odds
Odds taken on July 20 from DraftKings Sportsbook.
|TB Lightning|| +650|
|VGS Golden Knights|| +800|
|TOR Maple Leafs||+3000|
|CBJ Blue Jackets||+6500|
Who Has the Best Odds for the 2020 Playoffs?
Boston Bruins (44-14-12)
The Boston Bruins were the only team this season to reach the 100-point mark before the league suspended play. They had two forwards atop the top-10 in scoring all season long and regularly ranked among the league’s best when it came to goaltending and special teams. They were the first team to clinch their division and they ended the season going 7-3 in their final ten games, finishing with a 2-0 shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Forwards David Pastrnak finished fourth in league scoring with 48 goals and 95 points and his linemate Brad Marchand finished sixth with 87 points. The Bruins allowed the fewest goals against this season (just 167) and had the second-best power play percentage at 25.22 percent. Their goaltending tandem of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak combined for a league-leading eight shutouts and shared the league’s best save percentage at .921.
Leading scorer: David Pastrnak (48G, 95P)
Final 2020 odds: +650
Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6)
At the start of the season, it was looking like last year’s Stanley Cup favorites may not even make this list, as they started the year so poorly. However, towards the end of November, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up the pieces and rallied through the second half of the season – moving into second place in the Eastern conference and fourth-overall in the league.
Although they finished the season (unexpectedly) on a two-game skid, the Lightning finished the regular season with 92 points over 70 games played. They scored more goals than any other team in the league (243) and had a league-leading 11.2 percent shooting percentage. They were within the league’s top-10 when it came to power play percentage and power play goals as well.
The team finished with four shutouts and the ninth-best save percentage.
Leading scorer: Nikita Kucherov (33G, 85P)
Final 2020 odds: +650
Colorado Avalanche (42-20-8)
If hockey fans were truly robbed of anything this season, it was the finish of the Colorado Avalanche’s season. A great example of a slow and calculated rebuild, the Avalanche had it all together this season. Even through adversity, losing top scorers to injury and the like, the team was still strong enough and deep enough to stay competitive all year, finishing second in the Western conference behind only the defending champions, and third-overall in the entire league with 92 points.
They were the third-highest scoring team, with forward Nathan MacKinnon finishing fifth in league scoring with 93 points. The team fired 2100 shots on net this season and finished with a shooting percentage of 10.6 – the fifth-best. Their scoring prowess included eight shorthanded goals this season as well.
The team also finished with four shutouts and the fourth-best save percentage in the NHL.
Leading scorer: Nathan MacKinnon (35G, 93P)
Final 2020 odds: +800
St. Louis Blues (42-19-10)
The defending 2019 Stanley Cup champions proved all season long that 2019 was no fluke. The St. Louis Blues finished the 2020 regular season as the first-place team in the Western conference and second-overall in the NHL with 94 points, behind only the Boston Bruins.
Carrying forward from their highly defensive approach they took last season, the Blues finished the year by allowing the fifth-fewest goals against, having the ninth-best save percentage, and five shutouts.
They also made the most of the man-advantage, finishing with a third-best 24.26 power play percentage and 49 power play goals.
Leading scorer: Ryan O’Reilly (12G, 61P)
Final 2020 odds: +1100
Washington Capitals (41-20-8)
Contenders for the past several seasons, the 2018 Stanley Cup champions are just as dangerous and capable of any other team on this list. Captain Alexander Ovechkin was scoring like a rookie, netting 48 tallies before the league stopped dead. The team is so offensively dangerous that John Carlson, a defenseman, led the team in scoring this year.
They were the third-highest scoring team with 236 goals – 188 of them coming at even strength. They had a 10.7 shooting percentage as well, the second-best in the league behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The big factor for the Caps this year was goaltending, as Braden Holtby didn’t seem to live up to his caliber. The team actually finished the season with the fourth-worst save percentage in the NHL.
Leading scorer: John Carlson (15G, 75P)
Final 2020 odds: +900
Who Are the 2020 Stanley Cup Dark Horses?
Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15)
Despite what they lost during the offseason, the Columbus Blue Jackets still managed to be a competitive team and climb the rankings despite the odds. They finished 12th-overall in the NHL with 81 points in a year where they were expected to stay in the league’s basement.
Goaltending has been a massive story for Columbus. After losing Sergei Bobrovsky to free agency, the Blue Jackets introduced goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to the world. Merzlikins finished with a record of 13-9-8, a save percentage of .923, and a GAA of 2.35. Oh yea, he also recorded five shutouts in an eight-game stretch. The Jackets re-signed him to a two-year extension.
The Blue Jackets also headed into the season suspension with a lot of injuries and now, given the lay-off, most key figures will be back – healed and rested and ready to play. The Blue Jackets will have key figures such as Seth Jones and Cam Atkinson back on the ice when the playoffs begin.
They also swept the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round last season.
Leading scorer: Pierre-Luc Dubois (18G, 49P)
Final 2020 odds: +6500
New York Rangers (37-28-5)
This writer has had the New York Rangers pegged as a dark horse all season long and it’s time to double down. They will enter the playoffs with one of the best (and now well-rested) offensive cored in the league with the likes of Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. They are also riding a goalie who was once believed to be trade bait, Igor Shesterkin, who went 10-2 this season with a save percentage of .932 and a 2.52 GAA.
Despite finishing 17th-overall, the Rangers still managed to be the fifth-highest scoring team in the NHL this season, with Artemi Panarin leading the way for his team with 95 points – the third-highest points total this season.
They are tied with the Blue Jackets as the league’s youngest team.
Leading scorer: Artemi Panarin (32G, 95P)
Final 2020 odds: +4300
Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7)
Statistically this may not seem like the most outrageous pick, but the Flyers have struggled to make the playoffs over the past several years. When they do, they are usually ousted within the first round (usually by state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins).
Their 2019-20 season didn’t start as anything special, but like the St. Louis Blues last year, the second half of the season saw the Flyers continuing to climb up the rankings, having them finish this shortened season second in the Metropolitan division and sixth-overall. Many may have forgotten by now, but this Philadelphia team had a final stretch that saw them win nine games in a row before losing their final game of the season to the Boston Bruins.
They were the eighth-highest scoring team, had the fifth-best shooting percentage, and the eighth-most shorthanded goals this season.
Leading scorer: Travis Konecny (24G, 61P)
Final 2020 odds: +1000