The field is set. Sixteen teams have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs and every year it seems this is the closest professional sports gets to have a March Madness. Upsets abound on a game by game basis and series upsets happen as often as players diving to block shot attempts.
Though the odds will vary slightly from sportsbook to sportsbook, here are the odds for each team in the playoffs broken down into three categories.
Nashville Predators +430
Tampa Bay Lightning +500
Vegas Golden Knights +700
Winnipeg Jets +900
Pittsburgh Penguins +900
Nashville and Pittsburgh were both in The Finals a year ago and nobody would be caught off guard if that happened again. The Predators were the President’s Trophy Winner (most points) and proved that getting to the Stanley Cup Finals was no accident. Nashville was consistently good all season and goalie Pekka Rinne proved he is big time performer last spring.
The Penguins go after a third straight Cup. After sleep-walking the first few months, Pittsburgh started 2018 20-8 SU and look poised to make another realistic run at the hardware.