Does anything beat the Stanley Cup playoffs? I would argue the greatest thing in sports is a Game 7 in overtime in the NHL postseason. That is closer than you may think with the first day of the playoffs starting on April 11. Let’s take a look at some updated Stanley Cup odds from MyBookie.The Tampa Bay Lightning have played in two Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history. In 2004 the Lightning beat the Calgary Flames in a Game 7 in Tampa – this writer just so happened to be in attendance. In 2015, the Lightning lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks – this writer happened to attend one of those games as well.
Updated 2018 Stanley Cup Odds – March 7th Edition
As of this writing, the 2017-18 Lightning have the most points in the NHL and lead the league in scoring at 3.6 goals per game. Thus, little surprise they are the +380 favorites to win a second Cup. The Bolts also have the NHL’s leading scorer in Nikita Kucherov, who is a leading candidate to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP. The only thing that might keep Kucherov from winning is teammate and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who will get MVP and Vezina Trophy votes. He has a a .933 even-strength save percentage on the season in 53 starts and have been stretches when he has been every bit as valuable as Kucherov.The Bolts also have two other superstars in winger Steven Stamkos and defenseman and Norris Trophy candidate Victor Hedman. In a recent game, they became the first pair of players in Lightning history to each tally at least two goals and two assists in the same game. Tampa Bay was already a top Cup contender before the trade deadline, and then it made the biggest splash in the trade market by acquiring defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the Rangers. McDonagh immediately gives the Lightning the East’s best defense corps, led by Hedman.
New Power Rankings!3. Golden Knights2. Predators1. LightningMORE:https://t.co/HgNLBZpv5O— SI NHL (@SI_NHL) March 7, 2018