Despite a shocking first-round exit from this 12 months’s postseason, Tampa Bay is favored to bounce once more and go all the way in which in which subsequent season.
The Lightning are heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup subsequent 12 months after opening at 6-1 odds on the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas on Saturday.
The Red Wings, Ducks and Kings had been prolonged images at 80-1, nevertheless the Senators had it the worst at 300-1.
Tampa Bay accomplished the frequent season with 62 wins, tying the file set by the 1995-96 Red Wings. It’s value noting, though, that Detroit didn’t win the Stanley Cup in 1996. The Lightning accomplished 62-16-4 whole behind a strong value led by Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.
“Give our group a lot of credit for continuing to come to the rink everyday regardless of where we sat in the standings and just wanting to win,” Stamkos suggested the Boston Herald in April.
“That was unlike anything a lot of us have ever been through in our careers being clinched for so long and in a position where we knew we were going to be in the playoffs. We wanted to finish strong. … It was a result of us playing the right way and winning hockey games and it is no easy feat in the NHL with the parity we have, which I think is the greatest in sports.”
After opening as favorites to win all of it at 2-1 odds ahead of the playoffs, nonetheless, the Lightning had been eradicated in 4 video video games as a result of the Blue Jackets completed a first-round sweep. A Presidents’ Trophy winner had under no circumstances been swept in the first spherical sooner than Tampa Bay was despatched residence.