2020-2021 NFL Season Update

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NHL 2020 Odds Season Preview

We’re one step closer to getting back on the ice. The NHL has reportedly narrowed down their search for a “hub” city to two candidates – Toronto and Edmonton – after looking very hard at Las Vegas as a potential site for resuming the 2019-20 season. Unfortunately, Vegas was hit hard by the coronavirus when Nevada re-opened for business, so any thoughts of the league buying, say, the Park MGM and turning it into a base of operations have been thrown out.

Players are expected to vote on the league’s re-opening proposal later this week. In the meantime, Stanley Cup odds are still on the board at Bovada Sportsbook, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are still the favorites at +550, with the Boston Bruins close behind at +600. This is despite Tampa Bay having to close their facilities for five days last month after three of their players (and a number of staff) tested positive for the coronavirus.

 

July 2020 NHL Update

Until more is known about the league’s restart plans, there won’t be any game lines on Bovada’s NHL odds board – most of the action is on the futures market, where odds to win Stanley Cup glory are front and center. You can also bet on which team will win each of the two conferences; at press time, the Lightning and Bruins are tied at +300 to win the Eastern Conference, while the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche are tied at +300 in the West.

Joining them on Bovada’s NHL Stanley Cup odds board are exact matchups for the Final. As you might expect, various combinations of the above four teams are at the top of the list, with Boston-Colorado, Boston-Vegas and Tampa Bay-Colorado tied at +1600 (Tampa Bay-Vegas is off the board at press time). All four teams have avoided the play-in round, but they still have to survive three grueling playoff rounds just to make the Final, so it’s more likely than not that a relative outsider will crash the NHL betting lines – just like the St. Louis Blues did last year when they defied the Stanley Cup odds and won their first championship.

Speaking of the play-in round, Bovada’s NHL lines also include series prices for each of the eight matchups, with the Pittsburgh Penguins (–230) still the biggest favorites in their series against the Montreal Canadiens (+190). And for the top teams like Tampa who will be playing that round-robin tournament for conference seeding, you can bet on which two teams will land at No. 1. The Bruins (+155) are favored in the East, and the Blues (+185) are favored in the West. Stay tuned for more lines – the kind you won’t find on the NHL Vegas odds – as the league fleshes out their schedule, and stay healthy.

 

Odds to Win the 2020 Stanley Cup

Tampa Bay Lightning +550

Boston Bruins +600

Colorado Avalanche +750

Vegas Golden Knights +750

Philadelphia Flyers +1000

*Odds as of July 30th, 2020

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