NHL: 2020 Stanley Cup Winner Odds

The NHL season was reaching it’s business end with the regular season due to end on April 4th and the Stanley Cup Finals to be held in late May and early June. But with the Boston Bruins leading the league, the season was brought to an abrupt halt on March 12th due to the Covid-19 crisis and put on hold indefinitely.

How Will the Stanley Cup Winner be Decided?

There was great uncertainty as to how the 2019-20 NHL season would be concluded following its suspension. It was eventually decided to cancel what remained of the regular season, with the NHL deciding upon a 24-team format for the postseason, with 12 teams from the Eastern Conference being based in Toronto and 12 from the Western Conference being located in Edmonton. The Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Stanley Cup Winner Odds 2020

Odds at Bovada
Colorado Avalanche +700
Vegas Golden Knights +600
Philadelphia Flyers +1000
Tampa Bay Lightning -190
Boston Bruins +3000
St. Louis Blues +2200
Washington Capitals +5000
Carolina Hurricanes +8000
Dallas Stars +160
Calgary Flames +3000
New York Islanders +1000
Vancouver Canucks +1600
Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
Chicago Blackhawks +30000
Montreal Canadiens +4000
Arizona Coyotes +20000

Odds via bovada

NHL 2020 Playoff Format

The four highest finishing teams in the regular season from each conference will play in a separate Seeding Round Robin to determine the seeding in the First Round. 

The eight lower seeded teams in each conference will play in the Qualifying Round, a best-of-five series. The winners of these series will advance to face one of the round-robin teams in the First Round (in a best-of-seven series).

NHL 2020 Schedule

The NHL playoffs began on Saturday August 1, 2020, with the game between Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders. They are scheduled to conclude no later than October 4, 2020, with the Stanley Cup Finals, to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. 

NHL Stanley Cup 2020 Leading Contenders

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning failed to live up to expectations in the playoffs last season, but that experience could drive them on this year.

After undergoing surgery to repair a core-muscle injury just prior to the COVID-29 pandemic led to the NHL’s suspension, the Bolts captain Steven Stamkos was expected to be out of the game for a couple of months. His return for the playoffs could be crucial.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins come into the playoffs as the Presidents’ Trophy winners, so clearly have to be considered among the favorites for the Stanley Cup. The key question is whether they will be able to retain that regular season momentum after such a lengthy lay-off, particularly given that some on their roster are at the veteran stage of their careers.

Vegas Golden Knights

Despite the franchise itself having little history, there is a wealth of playoff experience on the Knights’ roster. On the downside, they could miss playing any games in front of their own fans in their Las Vegas fortress.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avs performed admirably in the regular season given the number of injury absences they had to contend with. They should have a healthy roster for the restart, although there is a concern as to a relative lack of postseason experience.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers were one of the form teams in the NHL in the two months prior to the suspension, but will the lengthy break have stopped their momentum?

The enforced break has enabled the Flyers to benefit from the injury recoveries of James van Riemsdyk (hand), Nate Thompson (knee sprain) and Philippe Myers (fractured patella in right knee).

St. Louis Blues

The defending Stanley Cup champions finished top of the Western Conference despite
the lengthy absence of Vladimir Tarasenko due to a shoulder injury. He should be back though to augment a team that will be high on self-belief and team spirit. Retaining the trophy isn’t beyond the realms of possibility for the Blues.

Washington Capitals

Stanley Cup winners in 2018, the Caps still retain many of the same names on their roster today.

Any team able to call upon Alex Ovechkin has to be a contender, while the addition of another veteran Russian in Ilya Kovalchuk before the shutdown adds to their firepower.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are definitely capable of challenging for the Stanley Cup, with them possessing plenty of quality on their roster in the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

The return of Jake Guentzel after a couple of months out with a shoulder injury ia also a major boost.

Dallas Stars – The Stars were very strong in defense during the regular season, but struggled for goals themselves in attack. The lack of firepower could be their undoing in the playoffs.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs face an awkward looking series against the Columbus Blue Jackets to begin the postseason, but they have the offense to cause problems for any opposition team. They could also give an opportunity to their prolific teenage prospect Nicholas Robertson.

Edmonton Oilers

Although the Oilers are not seen as one of the favorites for the Stanley Cup, they undoubtedly have a potential game-changer on their roster in Connor McDavid. They can also count on Hart Trophy candidate Leon Draisaitl (110 points in 71 games, consisting of 43 goals and 67 assists), but is the supporting cast good enough?

Nashville Predators

The Predators might not be the force they were a few seasons back and they generally failed to impress during the regular season. However, they still have an experienced and talented roster and they will be hoping they can gain some momentum in the playoffs.

NHL 2020 Predictions – Who Will Win the Stanley Cup 2020?

The Tampa Bay Lightning can make up for last season’s postseason anti-climax by claiming the Stanley Cup and winning the Eastern Conference.

In the Western Conference it might be worth backing the St. Louis Blues to come through again.

Latest Stanley Cup Winner Odds 2020 Updates

MARCH 18TH – Market Support for the Flyers

With no NHL games for the foreseeable future, punters can focus on the 2020 Stanley Cup futures markets and it’s the Philadelphia Flyers who are the team coming in for some sustained support in the 2020 Stanley Cup winner odds market with the best betting lines now sitting at around the +900 mark.

MARCH 13TH – NHL Season Suspended

The NHL season has been put on hold following the coronavirus outbreak. You can still bet on Stanley Cup winners 2020 with some online sportsbooks who are still offering their NHL futures odds markets. This enforced hiatus could well benefit the league-leading Boston Bruins (+500) who went on a deep run in the NHL playoffs last season, by giving them more time to recover.