Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate after defeating the New York Islanders in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Friday, June 25, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
- The Tampa Bay Lightning are -275 favorites to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in the 2021 Stanley Cup final
- The best-of-seven series gets underway Monday, June 28
- Everything you need to know in order to bet on the Stanley Cup final is right here
The Tampa Bay Lightning are seeking to defend the Stanley Cup title. On the other hand, the Montreal Canadiens are looking to end the longest Stanley Cup drought in the history of their franchise. Montreal has won a record 24 Stanley Cup titles, but none since 1993. In the opening Stanley Cup Final series odds, Tampa Bay is favored to bring home Lord Stanley yet again.
Everything you need to know in order to bet on the 2021 Stanley Cup final is outlined below.
Series Schedule and Where to Watch
The Stanley Cup final is a best-of-seven series. The games get underway on Monday, June 28 at Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena.
2021 Stanley Cup Final Schedule
|Date||Game||Site||Start Time||Broadcast Networks|
|Monday, June 28||Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
|Wednesday, June 30||Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
|Friday, July 2||Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens||Bell Centre||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
|Monday, July 5||Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens||Bell Centre||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
|Wednesday, July 7||Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning*||Amalie Arena||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
|Friday, July 9||Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens*||Bell Centre||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
|Sunday, July 11||Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning*||Amalie Arena||8 PM EST||NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS|
The Lightning hold home-ice advantage in the series. Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 would be played in Tampa Bay. Games 3, 4, and 6 are scheduled for Montreal’s Bell Centre.
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What Sportsbooks Are Offering Promos & Odds Boosts?
All of the leading online sportsbooks are offering betting action on the Stanley Cup final series. Among the top options are DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, PointsBet, William Hill, and 888Sport.
New bettors should check into each site and determine the one that best suits their betting needs. Some factors to take into consideration when making this decision include site promos and signup bonus offers.
RUN IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE’RE GOING TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL…AGAIN pic.twitter.com/0GzgdpJVCv
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 26, 2021
For example, BetMGM is currently offering a promo through which players can bet $20 on any event and win $100 even if the bet is a loser. FanDuel is offering a risk-free bet worth up to $1,000. DraftKings is providing a $50 free bet and up to $1,000 in a signup bonus.
2021 Stanley Cup Final Boosted Odds
Another factor to weigh is whether the sportsbook offers boosted odds on specific wagers. These are betting lines in which an online sportsbook increases the return on investment for a winning wager.
What Does Moneyline Mean?
Playing the moneyline is the most commonly played wager in sports betting. The moneyline is based on a $100 wager.
Here’s how it works – the underdog is assigned a positive number. For instance, the Canadiens are +225 to win the Stanley Cup. That means if a bettor wagers $100 on the Canadiens and Montreal wins the Cup, they will win $225.
For the second year in a row the Stanley Cup Final features the Lightning vs Corey Perry. 👀 pic.twitter.com/vb6TtrstlH
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 26, 2021
Tampa Bay, the favored team, is assigned a negative number. The Lightning are -275 to win the Cup. In this instance, that means a bettor would be required to wager $275 on Tampa Bay in order to realize a $100 profit on the bet.
Take the time to learn about what the odds indicate and how wagers work from our handy sports betting guide.
Crazy BetMGM Promo Allows Bettors to Bet $20 on Any Event, and Win $100 Even if Their Wager Loses
And don’t forget to capitalize on promotional offers when joining a betting site. Currently, BetMGM is offering a risk-free bet worth up to $600. New players who deposit $250 at PointsBet will receive $500 in free bets.
Lightning vs Canadiens Game 1 Odds & Series
The defending champion Lightning are given -275 odds to defeat the Canadiens and retain their hold on the Stanley Cup. Montreal is a +225 longshot to win the Cup for the 25th time.
As to which team will win Monday’s series opener, Tampa Bay is a -200 favorite at home. Montreal is a +165 road underdog. So far in the playoffs, the Lightning are 3-0 in Game 1 of a series. Interestingly, two of those three games were played on the road.
Canadiens vs Lightning Stanley Cup Final Odds
|Team||Moneyline at DraftKings|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-275|
The Canadiens are 1-2 in Game 1 through three playoff rounds. All three games were played on the road.
There are several different ways to wager on the outcome of a playoff series. Exact series outcome is a popular wager. Bettors are wagering on which team will win and in how many games.
They’ve done it! Montreal is going to the Stanley Cup Final! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VK0b06JXiu
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 25, 2021
For instance, Tampa Bay in five games offers odds of +365. Get explanations on all the betting methods available from our NHL betting guide.
What Player and Game Props Can You Bet On?
Player and game props are another opportune method for wagering on a Stanley Cup final game. Two of the most popular player props are first goal scorer and anytime goal scorer.
Stanley Cup Final banners going up on Amalie Arena this morning. #Bolts #StanleyCupFinal #MTLvsTBL pic.twitter.com/9KWtoMnOLC
— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) June 27, 2021
Game props are also offered. These include the time the first goal will be scored and whether the winning team will record a shutout.
Hockey analytics have become a popular method for determining which way to wager on a game. These calculations are easily explained in our advanced hockey stats guide.
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.