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

Lorenzo Gahol 22 Nov 2017
  • Lightning are favorites to win the Stanley Cup
  • Maple Leafs and Penguins are also expected to contend for the title
Steven Stamkos (credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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

The NHL-best Lightning can be backed at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to hoist the prestigious trophy for just the second time and first since 2004. 

Featuring league points leaders Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, the Lightning own the best record in the NHL at the moment. Stamkos also leads the NHL in goals. Tampa Bay's defense is also formidable with Andrei Vasilevskiy ranking among the top five goaltenders in saves percentage.

The Lightning last appeared in the final in 2015 where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the second choice among the bookmakers to taste Stanley Cup success with Ladbrokes offering a price of 11/1. The Canadian club is currently ranked behind Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. 

The Maple Leafs are the third-highest scoring team in the NHL behind Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders. The club boasts of Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk and William Nylander. Toronto has lifted the Stanley Cup 13 times but it hasn't tasted success since 1967 - the longest title drought in the NHL.

Early favorites Pittsburgh Penguins have slipped to third place in the outright markets. The two-time defending champions have been on and off lately and are currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division behind New Jersey and Columbus.
 
Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel have emerged as the leaders of the team this season as two-time league MVP Sidney Crosby continues to struggle. 

Columbus and St. Louis have broken into the upper half of the outright odds market after being considered underdogs early in the season. A string of wins have put the Blue Jackets in a tight battle with New Jersey and Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. The Blues, meanwhile, have taken control of the Central Division in the Western Conference.

NHL 2017-18 Stanley Cup Winner Outright Odds (As of Nov 22)

TeamOddsBookmaker
Tampa Bay Lightning8/1Ladbrokes
Toronto Maple Leafs11/1Ladbrokes
Pittsburgh Penguins12/1William Hill 
Columbus Blue Jackets17/1Unibet
St. Louis Blues17/1Unibet
Nashville Predators18/1Sportingbet
Los Angeles Kings18/1Bwin
Washington Capitals25/1Bwin
Dallas Stars25/1Bwin
Chicago Blackhawks25/1Bwin


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