There are no two greater words in all of sports than "playoff hockey," and those are rivaled only by "Stanley Cup."
The Colorado Avalanche have the shortest odds to win the Stanley Cup, with the rest of the pack at a little bit of a distance behind them. Colorado also opened the season as the favorite to win it all.
But are there other teams who might gain some ground on Colorado in the race to the championship?
Let’s take a look at the consensus odds for the tops contenders and see which of them has the potential -- and the best value -- to overcome the Avalanche and win title this year. Click here to compare the latest Stanley Cup odds across all sportsbooks.
Vegas Golden Knights
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Yes, there’s some slight distance between the Avalanche and the other teams, but not so much that one of these teams catching up to Colorado is out of the question.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (+736), for example, whose odds continue to shorten, I think have a shot. They won the Stanley Cup in each of the last two seasons and they’re still one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Also, it’s great when they win because it inspires headlines like, “Flyers Struck By Lightning,” etc. I wouldn’t mind seeing them win a third straight title and wouldn’t overlook their odds here to do so.
The Pittsburgh Penguins (+1486) should also not be overlooked. They're at the top of the standings in the Metropolitan Division, over the Hurricanes who have shorter odds to win the Stanley Cup, so look for the Penguins' odds to get shorter as they continue to dominate.
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