We’re past the 2018-19 NHL season’s halfway point, and odds are out on which teams will collide at the Stanley Cup final. According to sportsbooks, Calgary Flames and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be the favorites.
At 5Dimes, a Lightning-Flames Cup matchup is your front-runner at +1210, with Lightning-Winnipeg Jets (+1380), Lightning-Nashville Predators (+1410), Lightning-Vegas Golden Knights (+1515) and Lightning-San Jose Sharks (+1965) next up on the oddsboard.
Plenty of surprises so far this year As of February 7, the Lightning (81 points), Toronto Maple Leafs (69) and New York Islanders (66) were topping the standings from the East, although the Flames (73), Jets (71) and Sharks (69) reigned supreme in the West.
The Flames were anticipated to be an improved group but no one noticed them leading the Convention entering 2019. Calgary boasts the second-most targets in the premier league odds with 197, trailing just the Dragon (207 goals). The Philadelphia Flyers have been an afterthought for nearly all the campaign but have rattled off eight straight wins and were just a few points out of a playoff place as of the writing.
Parity is king at the NHL, as the 2018 Stanley Cup final between the growth Golden Knights and the perennially underachieving Washington Capitals was one which nobody could have predicted at the start of the effort. If we’ll see another matchup that is long-shot following June it remains to be seen.