Stanley Cup Odds - UPDATED

Evaluating updated Stanley Cup title odds

Current Odds

The following odds were found on DraftKings (updated February 23, 2020):

  1. Lightning (+500)
  2. Bruins (+750)
  3. Avalanche (+900)
  4. Penguins (+1000), Blues (+1000)

Analysis 

The Lightning have been on an historic run lately and have multiple double-digit winning streaks in the regular season, which is an extremely rare feat. They also recently broke their franchise record for consecutive victories. Building off of last year’s historic regular season, Tampa Bay is back in the groove and their odds improved from +700 to +500 to emerge as the clear frontrunner. Boston’s odds also improved from +900 to +750 and the Avalanche entered the top five, replacing the Capitals. While winning the Stanley Cup is all about getting hot at the right time, it’s clear that the Lightning are the best overall team at the moment and should have a major chip on their shoulders after getting swept in the first round of the playoffs after their historic 2018-2019 regular season. 

Previous Odds

The following odds were found on DraftKings (February 1st, 2020)

1. Lightning (+700)

2. Blues (+800)

3. Bruins (+900) / Avalanche (+900)

5. Capitals (+1000)

Early-Season Odds

The following odds were found on DraftKings (Monday November 18th, 2019)

  1. Bruins (+700)
  2. Lightning (+900)
  3. Golden Knights (+1000)
  4. Avalanche (+1200)
  5. Blues (+1200)

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Analysis

Despite the fact that they have an NHL-leading 36 points heading into Tuesday, the Washington Capitals do not have top five odds. The Boston Bruins, who narrowly lead the Atlantic Division with 29 points lead the way, followed by the underachieving Tampa Bay Lightning, who are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. The Vegas Golden Knights check in fourth in the Pacific Division while the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche check in at No. 1 an No. 2, respectively, in the Central Division. It's clear that DraftKings' oddsmakers are playing the long game and are not reacting to too much early-season noise.

Previous Odds

The following odds were found on DraftKings (updated on Sunday October 27th, 2019):

  1. Lightning (+800)
  2. Golden Knights (+1000)
  3. Avalanche (+1100)
  4. Bruins (+1150)
  5. Maple Leafs (+1150)

Analysis

Despite their 5-3-2 start, the Tampa Bay Lightning stand atop the DraftKings’ Stanley Cup odds list. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres (9-2-1) aren’t in the top 10 while the Washington Capitals (8-2-3) man the 10th spot. Similarly, the Edmonton Oilers (8-3-1) are nowhere to be seen in the top 10. 

While these teams are off to hot starts, DraftKings’ oddsmakers are clearly playing the long game and believe that the teams listed above have the best shot to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. If you have a firm belief that one team is standing out above the rest or has the most upside, now’s the time to place your bet since the field is pretty even across the board. 

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