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NHL Second-Half Betting Preview: Updated Stanley Cup Odds and Futures To Buy Now


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The NHL All-Star Break is as good a time as any to take a good, hard look at the betting landscape. There are no games until Monday and organizations usually use the four-day break to assess where they stand for the second half.

Parity is the name of the game in the NHL and the league loves to flaunt the “any team, any year” ethos of hockey, and there is no better way to behold parity than to take a gander at the odds.

There are six teams between +900 (10% implied probability) and +1200 (7.7%), 12 teams between +900 and +2000 (4.8%) and 17 teams between +900 and +3000 (3.2%). If the league really wants to pump the parity, it should start right here:

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2020 Stanley Cup Odds

  • Tampa Bay Lightning +900
  • Washington Capitals +900
  • Boston Bruins +950
  • St. Louis Blues +950
  • Colorado Avalanche +1100
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
  • Dallas Stars +1400
  • Toronto Maple Leafs +1600
  • Vegas Golden Knights +1600
  • Arizona Coyotes +1700
  • Carolina Hurricanes +1700
  • New York Islanders +1800
  • Calgary Flames +2400
  • Nashville Predators +2400
  • Vancouver Canucks +2600
  • Florida Panthers +2800
  • Edmonton Oilers +3000
  • Philadelphia Flyers +3600
  • Winnipeg Jets +3600
  • Columbus Blue Jackets +6000
  • Buffalo Sabres +7000
  • New York Rangers +7000
  • Minnesota Wild +8000
  • San Jose Sharks +9500
  • Chicago Blackhawks +10000

It isn’t unusual to see a bunch of teams bunched up in between 10-1 and 20-1, but the fact that no team has truly separated itself from the pack is atypical. And as tight as things are in the betting market, they are even tighter in the standings.

At the break, only nine teams are more than six points out of the playoffs and the Bruins are the only team with more than a six-point cushion in their respective division. But even that lead is tenuous as the B’s are being chased by the red-hot Lightning, who have three games in hand.

All this parity at both ends of the playoff race has to lead to some betting value, right?

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There was a time, around mid-November, when people were actually worried about the Tampa Bay Lightning. A few months later and the Bolts are right where we expected them to be — at, or near, the top of the odds.

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