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BETTING SITES UPDATE STANLEY CUP ODDS AFTER 24-TEAM PLAYOFF APPROVED

With news that the NHL will be returning this summer for a 24-team playoff for the Stanley Cup, betting companies have been busy updating their odds for teams in the race. Two teams are emerging as the front-runners to be the last club standing at the end of the tournament: the Boston Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights.

It shouldn't really be surprising that the Bruins are the odds-on favourites. They led the league in points when the shutdown was implemented on March 12th with 100. Vegas was third in the Western Conference, with defending Cup champs St. Louis, as well as the Colorado Avalanche ahead of them in the standings. Tampa Bay is third in the odds, while St.Louis and 2018 Champions the Washington Capitals are tied for fourth. Here are the official numbers, straight from William Hill Sportsbook:

Vegas Golden Knights +550

Boston Bruins +550

Tampa Bay Lightning +600

Washington Capitals +800

St. Louis Blues +800

Colorado Avalanche +850

Philadelphia Flyers +1200

Dallas Stars +1500

Pittsburgh Penguins +1500

Nashville Predators +2500

Edmonton Oilers +2500

Toronto Maple Leafs +2500

Calgary Flames +3000

Winnipeg Jets +5000

Vancouver Canucks +5000

Arizona Coyotes +5000

Carolina Hurricanes +5000

New York Rangers +7500

Columbus Blue Jackets +7500

Florida Panthers +7500

New York Islanders +7500

Minnesota Wild +7500

Montreal Canadiens +10000

Chicago Blackhawks +10000

If you're willing to bet on the long shots and put some money on either Chicago or Montreal, you'd be looking at a big payday should either team go all the way. Betting $100 on either team would win you $10,000 should they hoist the cup at the end.

Source: CBS Sports
TIM TUCKER
MAY 27, 2020  (8H09)
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