NHL Stanley Cup Futures Betting Odds Favor Tampa Bay Lightning

by James Murphy in NHL  / January 29, 2019

The National Hockey League regular season is at its symbolic halfway point with the annual All Star Break. At the ‘far turn’, the NHL futures betting odds show the Tampa Bay Lightning as favorites to win the Stanley Cup at +385. This is a somewhat short price given the quality of competition they face including the three teams immediately behind them in the betting market—the Toronto Maple Leafs (+700), Calgary Flames (+1000) and Nashville Predators (+1000).

One interesting component of the top four contenders in the Stanley Cup odds marketplace is the presence of two teams from Canada along with a pair of teams from decidedly non-traditional hockey markets in Tennessee and Florida. The same can be said about the next two contenders on the table with the San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets each priced at +1150. The presence of three Canadian teams in the top tier of Stanley Cup competitors is a welcome relief for the country and creates hope that their long championship drought might soon come to an end. A Canada based team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup in 25 years since the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings to emerge victorious in 1993. Just as alarming—only five Canadian teams have made the finals since then. In recent years, Canadian teams have been hard pressed to even make the playoffs. This season there should be at least four playoff bound Canadian teams (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg) and possibly as many as six with Edmonton and Vancouver both within striking distance.

At the other end of the spectrum, the biggest longshot is also a Canadian team as the hapless Ottawa Senators are +30000 to claim the crown. The rest of the bottom feeders include several teams that have enjoyed considerable success during the past decade including the Detroit Red Wings (+25000), New York Rangers (+20000), New Jersey Devils (+20000), Chicago Blackhawks (+20000) and Los Angeles Kings (+17500). Since 1994, this ‘bottom six’ has accounted for a total of 13 Stanley Cup Championships.

A few other teams of note—the defending champion Washington Capitals are +1700, last year’s champion Pittsburgh Penguins are +1500 and last year’s Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights are +1300.

Here’s the full field rundown:

2019 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION FUTURES ODDS (AS OF 1/28/19)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING +385
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS +700
CALGARY FLAMES +1000
NASHVILLE PREDATORS +1000
SAN JOSE SHARKS +1150
WINNIPEG JETS +1150
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS +1300
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS +1500
BOSTON BRUINS +1700
WASHINGTON CAPITALS +1700
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS +2300
MINNESOTA WILD +2500
NEW YORK ISLANDERS +2500
COLORADO AVALANCHE +3700
ST. LOUIS BLUES +4000
MONTREAL CANADIENS +4500
CAROLINA HURRICANES +5000
DALLAS STARS +5000
ARIZONA COYOTES +7500
BUFFALO SABRES +7500
ANAHEIM DUCKS +8000
EDMONTON OILERS +8000
FLORIDA PANTHERS +11500
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS +12500
VANCOUVER CANUCKS +12500
LOS ANGELES KINGS +17500
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS +20000
NEW JERSEY DEVILS +20000
NEW YORK RANGERS +20000
DETROIT RED WINGS +25000
OTTAWA SENATORS +30000

James Murphy

James Murphy is a preeminent authority on the international gambling industry and has made frequent appearances in the mainstream media including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, CNBC and NPR. He has previously worked as a radio and podcasting host where he broadcast to an international audience that depended on his expertise and advice. Murphy also serves as an odds making consultant for sports and ‘non-sport novelty bets’ covering the entertainment industry, politics, technology, financial markets and just about everything else.

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