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NHL 2017-18 Outright Odds: Penguins and Lightning favored to win Stanley Cup

Lorenzo Gahol in Ice Hockey 28 Oct 2017
  • Penguins and Lightning are favorites to win the Stanley Cup
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images))

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning are the top choices among the major bookmakers in Europe to emerge as Stanley Cup champions this season.

Both teams, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, can be backed at 10/1 with Skybet while the Penguins are slightly favored over the Lightning with Ladbrokes, Sportingbet, Coral and BetVictor.

The Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins are the two-time defending champions and have five Stanley Cup titles in their collection. The powerhouse club boasts of two-time league MVP Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.

Led by league points leaders Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, the Lightning own the best record in the NHL at the moment. The Lightning won their only Stanley Cup in 2004 and last appeared in the final in 2015.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are just ranked behind Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. The Canadian club is currently the highest scoring team in the league with Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk and William Nylander leading the attacks. 

Matthews is currently the third-leading scorer in the league behind Kucherov and Washington's Alex Ovechkin. The 20-year-old center also ranks third in points behind Stamkos and Kucherov.

Toronto has lifted the Stanley Cup 13 times but it hasn't tasted success since 1967 - the longest title drought in the NHL. 

Other contenders for the Stanley Cup this season are the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars. 

NHL 2017-18 Stanley Cup Winner Outright Odds

TeamOddsBookmaker
Pittsburgh Penguins10/1Skybet, Bwin
Tampa Bay Lightning10/1SkybetLadbrokes, Sportingbet
Toronto Maple Leafs13/1Unibet
Edmonton Oilers14/1SkybetWilliam HillUnibet
Chicago Blackhawks 14/1William Hill
Dallas Stars16/1William Hill
Washington Capitals16/1William Hill
Nashville Predators 20/1Unibet
Los Angeles Kings20/1Unibet
Anaheim Ducks20/1Unibet


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