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Lightning Round: At the All-Star break, the Lightning remain one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup

Tracking their odds throughout the season

Tampa Bay Lightning v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

With the best of the best heading to Las Vegas for All-Star Weekend I figured it’s a good time to take a look at the current odds to win the Stanley Cup. The odds used in the following couple of paragraphs were provided by BetOnline.

As of 2/1/22 the Colorado Avalanche are pacing the NHL with the best odds at 17/4 to win the Stanley Cup. The Florida Panthers recent hot streak has boosted them to 7/1 with the Tampa Bay Lightning just behind them at 15/2. Rounding out the top four are the Carolina Hurricanes at 9/1.

Our friends at BetOnline are nice enough to show a monthly progression of the odds and it’s kind of interesting to see the journey the Lightning have been on this year on a month-by-month basis. They started the season at 7/1 behind Colorado and the Vegas Golden Knights who were at 6/1. A rough (at least for them) October that saw them go 4-3-1 dropped their odds to a season high of 10/1.

Chances are that’s the highest odds you’ll see them at all year, so if you got in at that number, congratulations. They righted the ship in November going 8-2-3 and the sharps lowered their odds slightly to 19/2. Another strong month in December (9-2-1) ticked them down to 15/2. Going 8-3-1 in January didn’t move the needle at all. Chances are, once the team is back to full strength at the end of the month, they’ll be back to their season-opening 7/1 odds.

Even though they lost two key players for a pretty long stretch of time, there wasn’t much fluctuation in their value, a sign that the oddsmakers respect the depth of the organization and know that they will be in the hunt at the end of the season. Chances are the only injury that could drastically alter their odds moving forward would be one to Andrei Vasilevskiy (who they have at 11/2 to win the Vezina).

In case your were wondering, the team that has seen their odds skyrocket the most is the Montreal Canadiens. Coming off their Stanley Cup appearance they started this season at 20/1. Now, they are 3000/1 to win the Cup. So, they still have a chance.

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