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Lightning favored to win next Stanley Cup in latest gambling odds

After a surprising-to-many collapse at the end of last season, Tampa Bay is the favorite to go the distance.
Members of the Bolts Brigade wave a flag while the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first round of the playoffs April 10, 2019 in Tampa. (LUIS SANTANA  | Times)
Members of the Bolts Brigade wave a flag while the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first round of the playoffs April 10, 2019 in Tampa. (LUIS SANTANA | Times)
Published Aug. 6, 2019
Updated Aug. 6, 2019

TAMPA — If you’re a betting man, odds are you lost some money when the Blue Jackets swept the Lightning in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But if you have faith in Tampa Bay, the team is favored once again to bring home the coveted piece of silverware — and has been practically since the St. Louis Blues clinched the most recent Cup.

BookMaker lists the Lightning as No. 1 with 6.5/1 odds of winning the Cup this year.

John Lester, an odds consultant with BookMaker, said that if Lightning fans bet $100 on the team to win the Cup this season, they would get a return of $650 plus the $100 they put down originally. As for the negative numbers, in the case of a U.S. team winning the Cup this year, you would have to wager $900 to win $100 he said. On the other hand, if you took your chances on a Canadian team winning the hefty piece of silverware, you would win $600 for every $100 you bet.

In other words, the lower the number, the better the odds of winning. If you bet on a higher-numbered team, your odds are less likely to happen, but would yield a greater return.

Here are the current odds for teams throughout the league:

NHL 2019-20 Stanley Cup by country

U.S. team, -900

Canadian team, 600

NHL 2019-20 Stanley Cup by conference

Eastern Conference, -120

Western Conference, 100

NHL 2019-20 Stanley Cup by division

Atlantic Division, 240

Central Division, 300

Metropolitan Division, 310

Pacific Division, 280

NHL 2019-20 Stanley Cup by team

Anaheim Ducks, 17,500

Arizona Coyotes, 5,000

Boston Bruins, 950

Buffalo Sabres, 10,000

Calgary Flames, 2,000

Carolina Hurricanes, 2,000

Chicago Blackhawks, 3,500

Colorado Avalanche, 1,400

Columbus Blue Jackets, 15,000

Dallas Stars, 1,6000

Detroit Red Wings, 20,000

Edmonton Oilers, 7,5000

Florida Panthers, 2,000

Los Angeles Kings, 25,000

Minnesota Wild, 10,000

Montréal Canadiens, 5,000

Nashville Predators, 1,400

New Jersey Devils, 3,000

New York Islanders, 2,600

New York Rangers, 5,000

Ottawa Senators, 30,000

Philadelphia Flyers, 4,000

Pittsburgh Penguins, 2,600

San Jose Sharks, 2,800

St. Louis Blues, 1,400

Tampa Bay Lightning, 650

Toronto Maple Leafs, 950

Vancouver Canucks, 2,800

Vegas Knights, 850

Washington Capitals, 2,000

Winnipeg Jets, 2,200

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.