Odds to Win 2019 Stanley Cup
With the National Hockey League regular season winding down and the Vegas and Offshore Sportsbooks Future Charts finding offensive-minded squads as the most likely to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2019 the question that has been asked a million-and-one-times remains. Can the Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper morph his team into the mindset of winning games by a 2-1 or 3-2 margin rather than having to score five goals to claim victory?
The perception that the Lightning are a high-flying group of skaters that care about winning but with a handful of goals in their pocket simply isn’t reality. This is a veteran Tampa Bay group that knows how to defend and play at a more deliberate pace.
The question isn’t whether the Bolts can slow the pace and be more focused defensively. The query at hand is whether they want to approach games with the aforementioned game plan.
To be or not to be Offensive
Flashback to Games 6 and 7 of their pair of Eastern Conference finals losses and you will find that Tampa scored a total of three goals. They scored two in Game 6 and one in Game 7 in their 2016 series loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two seasons later, last summer, they were shut out in back-to-back games by the soon-to-be and now-reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
Tampa is in line to set the all-time standings point mark this season. As a result the Lightning have earned their current 5-2 odds to win the 2019 NHL championship.
The Vegas Golden Knights have seen an uptick in local backing at the World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, Westgate, after a six-game win streak across the last two weeks of play. The Knights check in at 8-1 to earn the Cup title. The current Vegas odds are second to that of streaking San Jose who have won five straight and six of their last seven. The Sharks are currently at 6-1 in the latest Westgate update.
SuperBook of Las Vegas updated Odds to Win 2019 Stanley Cup: