The 2018 Stanley Cup final four is shaping up. Representing the East are the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. Let’s take a closer look at the NHL odds of either team winning the East and the Stanley Cup!
Washington Vs Tampa Bay Eastern Conference NHL Playoff Odds
The puck drops for Game 1 on Friday, May 11th at 8:00 PM ET. The hometown Lightning are favored at -180 to beat the Caps who are listed at +158 to win Game 1. Tampa Bay is also favored to win the series at -190 while Washington pays +165.
First, let’s take a moment to recognize the importance of the Washington Capitals beating the Pens to reach the East finals.
Twenty years of franchise futility. Ten years of questions if Ovechkin is the guy. And now for the first time since 1998, the Capitals are in the Eastern Conference finals. And for the first time, Ovi has bested Sidney Crosby when it counted most.
Standing in the Caps way is the Tampa Bay Lightning who are now the favorites to win the Stanley Cup at +265. That will change depending on the result of Game 7 in Jets vs Preds series out of the West.
Why is Tampa favored to win the 2018 Stanley Cup?
The Lightning’s goal-scoring ability was tops in the NHL this season averaging 3.5-goals per game. Vezina Trophy finalist goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 2.20 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this postseason. Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman leads a skilled group of defenders. Finally, head-coach Jon Cooper is in his sixth season behind the bench and he knows how to get the most out of his skilled team. This is an experienced group.