NHL odds for the 2019-20 Stanley Cup

St. Louis Blues NHL Stanley Cup champions
Will the St. Louis Blues repeat as NHL Stanley Cup champions or will another team claim the Cup in the 2019-20 season? (Photo credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Blues completed a worst-to-first run during the 2018-19 season to end the year hoisting the NHL Stanley Cup. Will the Blues repeat, can the Tampa Bay Lightning overcome an all-time disappointing season, or will a new sleeper team capture the Cup? NHL Stanley Cup odds are provided by DraftKings.

Top 5 NHL Stanley Cup contenders for the 2019-20 season

Tampa Bay Lightning +750

The 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team in NHL history to capture the Presidents’ Trophy for most points in the regular season and then be swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Based on talent alone, there is no reason to think the Lightning shouldn’t be near the top of the NHL’s overall standings once again.

Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) winner Nikita Kucherov and Vezina Trophy (best goalie) winner Andrei Vasilevskiy lead a core that returns most of its 2018-19 squad.

Don’t let last season’s early exit deter you from wagering on the favorites.

Vegas Golden Knights +1100

The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t replicate a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in Year 2 after making a miraculous run as an expansion franchise.

As solid as any club on offense, the Golden Knights have questions on defense – most notably, whether netminder Marc-Andre Fleury is able to avoid a decline in play as he turns 35 in November.

Toronto Maple Leafs +1200

Can the Toronto Maple Leafs lift the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967?

It’s been a slow burn in Toronto, but years of development could finally pay off in the 2019-20 season.

First, the Leafs need to prove they are capable of advancing in the playoffs after three straight years of first-round exits – the last two coming at the hands of the Boston Bruins.

Budding superstar center Auston Matthews also must show that he is mature enough to handle a leadership role.

Boston Bruins NHL Stanley Cup
Boston Bruins players react from the bench after losing to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. (Photo credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Bruins +1300

The defending Eastern Conference champions fell one win shy of winning the NHL Stanley Cup last season. The veteran-heavy Bruins are still as dangerous as ever, but team captain Zdeno Chara must fight off Father Time as he will turn 43 in March. Being paired with young standout defenseman Charlie McAvoy on the No. 1 line should be able to cushion any decline from Chara.

Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak could split a significant amount of time at goalie until one wrestles the job away from the other.

Dallas Stars +1300

The Dallas Stars made a huge splash this offseason, signing forward Joe Pavelski to a three-year deal. The addition of Pavelski provides the Stars with the added depth and scoring they desperately lacked a season ago when getting eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues.

While the Stars have the potential to be a very dangerous team come playoff time, Dallas will still need far more production from the second and third lines if they want to be taken seriously as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Defending NHL Stanley Cup champion

St. Louis Blues +1800

The St. Louis Blues came from nowhere to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup. The Blues entered the 2019 calendar year sporting a record of 15-18-4 before finishing with a 45-28-9 record.

Asking any team to repeat as champions is a tall task. Can the Blues put together a complete season? At the very least, the Blues likely won’t need another miracle prior to making a deep run in playoffs.

This is a team that shouldn’t see much of a drop-off, so +1800 seems worth the risk.

NHL Stanley Cup sleeper pick

Minnesota Wild +4000

When looking at NHL future odds, everyone hopes to find the one big fish they can eventually cash-in on.

While not among the league’s elite, the Wild have enough talent to win multiple series in May. The defense is good enough to carry the team through stretches of the season and the offense is solid. 

If goaltender Devan Dubnyk can provide the team with average play in net, or if Minnesota is able to acquire another netminder at the trade deadline, the Wild could be a team no one wants to face come playoff time.

Best of the rest

Colorado Avalanche +1700

Nashville Predators +1700

Washington Capitals +1700

Calgary Flames +1800

San Jose Sharks +1900

Pittsburgh Penguins +2000

Carolina Hurricanes +2100

Florida Panthers +2500

New Jersey Devils +2700

Winnipeg Jets +2700

On Sept. 25, 2019, DraftKings reported 29% of all bets had been placed on the New Jersey Devils despite the team’s long odds. (Photo credit: @DKSportsbook – Twitter)

Outside looking in

Philadelphia Flyers +3200

Montreal Canadiens +3500

Columbus Blue Jackets +3700

New York Islanders +3700

New York Rangers +3700

Chicago Blackhawks +4000

Chicago Blackhawks future odds
Stanley Cup winner+4000
Western Conference winner+2200
Central Division winner+1000
To make NHL playoffs: Yes+180
To make NHL playoffs: No-225
DraftKings Sportsbook odds as of Sept. 26, 2019

Anaheim Ducks +4500

Vancouver Canucks +4500

Arizona Coyotes +5000

Edmonton Oilers +5000

Buffalo Sabres +5500

With the first pick in the 2020 NHL Draft…

Los Angeles Kings +10000

Detroit Red Wings +15000

Ottawa Senators +22500