Golden Knights Have Best Odds to Win Stanley Cup Entering 2020 NHL Playoffs


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The Vegas Golden Knights, who face the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening playoff round, are +450 favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Photo by @TalkinHawkey (Twitter).

  • The Vegas Golden Knights are the +450 favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning (+500) and Colorado Avalanche (+600) are other top contenders.
  • Which team is the best bet heading into the first round?

When they joined the NHL as an expansion team for the 2017-18 season, the Vegas Golden Knights made plenty of history.

They won more games (51) and collected more points (109) than any first-year team in league history. Vegas not only got to the Stanley Cup final, the Golden Knights won a game. No team had ever done that during their inaugural NHL campaign.

About the only thing they didn’t accomplish was hoisting Lord Stanley’s mug.

That could be about to change.

As the NHL prepares to get the first round of the playoffs underway, the Golden Knights are the +450 favorites in the 2020 Stanley Cup odds.

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Odds

Team Odds at Caesars
Vegas Golden Knights +450
Tampa Bay Lightning +500
Boston Bruins +600
Colorado Avalanche +600
Philadelphia Flyers +900
St. Louis Blues +900
Washington Capitals +1400
Dallas Stars +1500
Carolina Hurricanes +2000
Calgary Flames +2500
Vancouver Canucks +2500
Chicago Blackhawks +3000
New York Islanders +3000
Arizona Coyotes +3200
Montreal Canadiens +4000
Columbus Blue Jackets +4200

Odds as of Aug. 11th.

Vegas earned the Western Conference’s top seed by going 3-0 in the round-robin portion of the NHL’s postseason qualifiers, a unique format required by the COVID-19 hiatus. The Golden Knights will face the 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in the conference quarter-finals.

The Knights Are Golden

A perfect 3-0 slate during round-robin play. Fifteen goals deposited into enemy nets. A 27.2% (3-of-11) power play: What’s not to like about how Vegas performed during the round robin? The Golden Knights are a powerful team from top to bottom.

There’s depth at forward, and a sturdy sextet along the blueline. They even go two-deep in goal.

Robin Lehner figures to get the nod to start against the Blackhawks, the team that dealt him to Vegas. Three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury is ready to step in at a moment’s notice.

2020 NHL Eastern and Western Conference Title Odds Tracker

The Max Factor

Vegas averaged five goals per game in the round robin without their top scorer. Max Pacioretty, who led the Golden Knights with 32 goals and 66 points this season, missed all three games due to a minor injury he suffered in training camp.

However, he’s good to go for the first-round series with the Chicago Blackhawks and will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Tuesday (Aug. 11).

Other Cup Contenders

One of these seasons, the Tampa Bay Lightning have to go all the way, right? Since 2015, they lost in the Cup final and have twice fallen in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Is this the year Tampa Bay finally does it?

The Boston Bruins were the favorites to win the Cup at the COVID-19 pause to the season in mid-March. Something was amiss with Boston, though, during the Eastern Conference round robin, in which they went 0-3-0 against Philadelphia, Tampa, and Washington. Goalie Tuukka Rask is ailing and the Bruins face a tough opening test against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Likewise, the defending Cup champion St. Louis Blues also seemed to be missing an element during round-robin play. The Flyers are the top seed in the East and are 12-1 over their last 13 games.

The team to beat is in the West, however. The Colorado Avalanche may have lost their last round-robin game to Vegas but the Avs won their four previous meetings by a combined margin of 13 goals.

In the offseason, Colorado added valuable playoff bite in Nazem Kadri, Joonas Donskoi, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a talented, emerging roster. The Avs have gone one step further each of the past two playoffs.

This time, Colorado will go all the way.

Pick: Colorado Avalanche (+600)

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