Last Updated: 2019-08-23
Time for another update of the 2019-20 Stanley Cup odds, and we’ve seen a little bit of movement at the top, as Tampa Bay moved from +700 to +750, while the Toronto Maple Leafs remained unchanged at No. 2, with odds of +900. Boston and the Vegas Golden Knights remained tied for No. 3 at +1000. That gives the East the top two teams in terms of the Cup odds and three of the top four. The Vegas Golden Knights are still the top team in the West.
The East is going to be a dogfight, as you can say the majority of teams who missed the playoffs have gotten better, with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils two of the teams who should be quite a bit better than they were a year ago, so it’s not surprising both teams saw a reduction in odds since our first look at the Stanley Cup odds.
The Devils dropped all the way to +2800, which as a Devils fan is most likely too low. While New Jersey should be in the hunt for a playoff spot, it’s difficult to imagine them doing anything there with the way the team is currently constructed. The forwards group from top to bottom looks good, but they could use an upgrade at defense, particularly a left-handed defenseman. But New Jersey did add Gusev since our last look at the odds and he should be a decent second-line player.
A number of marquee RFAs have yet to sign and those could have some influence on the odds, particularly if teams have to move other players to free up the cap space to get them signed.
We’ll look at the odds as of Aug. 23 at MyBookie to win the Stanley Cup.
|Tampa Bay Lightning
|Toronto Maple Leafs
|Boston Bruins, Vegas Golden Knights
|St. Louis Blues
| Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars
|Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers
|Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets
|New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils
|Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens
|Vancouver Canucks, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers
|Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets
|Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks
There is still a fair amount of work to be done by several of the teams at the top of the list. The Maple Leafs still have to get Mitch Marner signed, while the Lightning need to get Point’s name on a contract. It could very well be the domino effect, where after one of the big names signs the others are quick to follow, but we are at the point where teams at least have to consider bridge deals pretty soon to get their players in the fold.
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