Based off the odds of Vegas, what teams have a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup?
Tampa Bay Lightning +300
Toronto Maple Leafs +550
Calgary Flames: +1000
Nashville Predators: +1200
San Jose Sharks: +1200
Winnipeg Jets +1200
Washington Capitals +1400
Pittsburgh Penguins +1700
Boston Bruins +1700
Columbus Blue Jackets: +1800
New York Islanders +2200
All betting odds aside, my top three choices for a Stanley Cup this season.
- Tampa Bay Lightning: Is there any need to get into much of a discussion about this? From line one to four they produce, their back end is strong with plenty of experience and mobility and the icing on the cake. A healthy, solid number one goalie, Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Lightning are 34-8-2 with 70 points, they lost a combination of 10 games all year and only EIGHT in regulation. With a +67 goal differential.
- Calgary Flames: In all honesty the Western Conference does not look to difficult this year. The Flames have played well in their division and if the season were to end today they would have to go through Minnesota, Vegas or San Jose then Nashville or Winnipeg. The Flames have been a great team on both sides of the puck if they can figure out their goaltending, between Mike Smith and David Rittich they are a top-pick for the West Conference finals. The Flames are 28-13-4 with 60 points but a point ahead of San Jose for the divisional lead.
- Winnipeg Jets: The Jets have to get through the Predators again one more time to get to the Conference finals and from there if you come out alive in the West it is a possibility. The Jets will need Connor Hellebuyck to wake up and play a big role in their success from here until June. The Jets will need to see Patrik Laine step up big time as well, along with more depth players and a solid game from their backend.
Those are my top-three choices for the Stanley Cup Champions 2018-2019, what are yours?