Tampa Bay Lightning Remain Stanley Cup Favorites Heading Into 2020
Who has the best odds for the 2020 NHL Season?
1. The Tampa Bay Lightning
Although their season came to an abrupt and unexpected halt in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, that hasn’t stopped the odds makers from naming the Tampa Bay Lightning the Stanley Cup favorites for 2020. Their 2019 campaign saw Tampa Bay register 62 regular season wins and 128 points as a team, running away with the President’s Trophy. The team also possesses the latest Art Ross and Hart trophy winner Nikita Kucherov and the most recent Vezina award winning goalie in Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Final 2019 record: 62-16-4
Leading scorer: Nikita Kucherov (41 goals, 128 points)
Odds at 888Sport: +700
2. Vegas Golden Knights
After making it to the Stanley Cup finals in their first year as a team, the Golden Knights didn’t quite find as much success in their sophomore season. However, their first round elimination in 2019 was not without its controversy. Bad refereeing haunted that series and who knows what could have been. Oddsmakers currently have the Vegas Golden Knights with the second best odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2020 despite finishing 16th-overall last season. With that said, it will be interesting how the Golden Knights perform having all their trade deadline acquisitions from last season on the ice for a full year – such as leading scorer Mark Stone, who had led the league in scoring for the first round of the playoffs
Final 2019 record: 43-32-7
Leading scorer: Mark Stone (33 goals, 73 assists)
Odds at 888Sport: +1000
3. Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins round out the top three favorites for the 2020 season and it’s not difficult to see why. The Bruins made their third Stanley Cup finals appearance in the last nine years. Unfortunately for them, they lost in game seven to the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins have been a steady, consistent team for years with all-star goaltending, big-bodied defense, and one of the most talented offensive and puck-possessive front-ends in the NHL. The team has chemistry and that stems from rarely making any off-season roster changes. It would be no surprise to see them in the finals once again in 2020.
Final 2019 record: 49-24-9
Leading scorer: Brad Marchand (36 goals, 100 points)
Odds at 888Sport: +1100
Who has the worst odds?
1. Ottawa Senators
If you like to take risks and gamble big, than the Ottawa Senators are your team. Admittedly going through a rebuild, 2019 saw the Senators lose captain and top-defenseman Erik Karlsson, offensive threats such as Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel, and also head coach Guy Boucher. They were also plagued by injuries last season and ended up in the league basement – finishing 31st overall. They were also last in the league in goals and shots against.
Final 2019 record: 29-47-6
Leading Scorer: Mark Stone (28 goals, 62 points in 52 games prior to trade)
Odds at 888Sport: +12500
2. Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings are far removed from their record setting 20+ playoff appearances in a row. The Red Wings failed to make the postseason last year and finished 28th overall. Some good news came to the team in the form of Steve Yzerman signing on as the new general manager. Yzerman is credited for making the Tampa Bay Lightning what they are today. But there is already uncertainty as Yzerman made a strange sixth-overall, first-round selection at this year’s entry draft that many argue was not worthy of a top-10 selection and maybe not even a first-round. Detroit, like Ottawa, also suffered from parting ways with players at the trade deadline such as young, offensive talent Gustav Nyquist.
Final 2019 record: 32-40-10
Leading Scorer: Dylan Larkin (32 goals, 73 points)
Odds at 888Sport: +7500
3. Los Angeles Kings
The LA Kings are an entirely different team that the one that won two Stanley Cups in three years (2012 and 2014). Their leading scorer and captain Anze Kopitar finished with only 60 points. All-star defenseman Drew Doughty finished with only 45 points and was a minus-34 on the ice. Former Conn Smythe winning goalie Jonathan Quick finished with a record of 16-23-7. Most recently, the Kings announced their buyout of the final two seasons of veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s contract. Aside from a draft pick in the top-5, the outlook for next season doesn’t look good for the team that finished second-last in the NHL.
Final 2019 record: 31-42-9
Leading scorer: Anze Kopitar (22 goals, 60 points)
Odds on 888Sport: +5000
Who are the dark horses?
1. New York Rangers
The odds were released before the dust had even settled on the St. Louis Blues’ Cup victory and the New York Rangers saw themselves with the third-worst chances to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2020. However, in the past week, the Rangers were not only able to draft top prospect Kaapo Kakko second-overall in this year’s entry draft (as well as having seven more selections to make on day two) but they were also able to trade for defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets. With some already fantastic pieces to work with in play such as Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast, the Rangers could find themselves back in the playoff picture a lot faster than some had originally thought.
Final 2019 record: 32-26-14
Leading scorer: Mika Zibanejad (30 goals, 74 points)
Odds on 888Sport: +6500
2. New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils find themselves ranked just above the New York Rangers in the odds department but like the Rangers, there are wildcard at play. Leading goal scorer Taylor Hall missed much of the latter half of the 2019 season due to injury. With a full off-season to heal, and provided the Devils can sign him to the contract extension they seem confident they can, the Devils will already have a significantly improved on-ice product next season with Hall in the line-up. Add to that the Devils’ first-overall pick in the draft Jack Hughes. It should be anticipated that Hughes will jump right in to NHL action, wasting no time in the farm system. With 2015 first-round pick Nico Hischier in the mix as well, the Devils seem better poised to return to the playoffs than the odds suggest.
Final 2019 record: 31-41-10
Leading scorer: Kyle Palmieri (27 goals, 50 points)
Odds at 888Sport: +5500
3. St. Louis Blues
You can’t write off the defending Stanley Cup champions. The St. Louis Blues were the biggest dark horse of them all last season. By January, the St. Louis Blues had one of the worst records in the entire NHL and left them, at the time, with 250-1 odds to win it all. Not a bad payout. The Blues pulled off significant moves at the trade deadline, made a key goalie change, and developed chemistry that led them all the way to their first championship. Provided many of the pieces stay in place for next season, the Blues should coast into the playoffs once again rather easily. The oddsmakers don’t have them ranked too low, but the odds to repeat as champions are always high.
Final 2019 record: 45-28-9
Leading scorer: Ryan O’Reilly (28 goals, 77 points)
Odds at 888Sport: +1500
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