The Pacific Division was the winner of the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay after besting the Atlantic Division 5-2 in the final game of the evening. As the league enters the second-half of the 2017-18 campaign the Lightning and the Golden Knights are the top choices to represent their conferences in the NHL Championship series. Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup: Vegas vs Tampa?
Rickard Rakell tallied a pair of goals for the Pacific in the finale of the tournament to help his fellow All-Stars earn the win. The winners have received a pool of $1 million to split between the 11 players involved.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser was named MVP of the tournament with two goals.
There are a number of big stories after the first-half of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. However, few match that of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. In addition to the Knights the Colorado Avalanche have bounced back from the worst season of any team in the salary cap era.
Colorado traded experience for youth this past offseason. The team is younger and quicker than last year’s version and last season and the squad is led by Hart-worthy Nathan MacKinnon.
New Jersey has made a jump from a disappointing 2016-17 campaign. Especially relevant is that the Devils have morphed into a speed scheme club that has all but abandoned their trap-style play they have been represented for decades.
In conclusion the league enter the second-half of the 82-game regular season slate with the million dollar question; can an expansion team make the Stanley Cup Finals and will Colorado and New Jersey continue their first-half success?
The Eastern Conference favorites to be a part of the Sir Stanley’s 2018 championship hosted this year’s All-Star Game. Furthermore Tampa Bay (6-to-1) and Vegas (6-to-1) are the top choices to square off in June’s Stanley Cup according to the Las Vegas SuperBook, WestGate.
Consequently a complete list of teams, opening and current odds, are as follows:
Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup: Vegas vs Tampa?