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The Tampa Bay Lightning are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to the pre-playoff chances of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. The Lightning enter the postseason 2-1 after finishing the regular season 21 points ahead of the closest team in the final standings of the league.
Tampa Bay's 62 wins tied the most Detroit Red Wings of 1995-96 in a single season for an NHL team.
The Calgary Flames, who finished with the best record in the Western Conference, and the Golden Knights of Las Vegas, runners-up of the Stanley Cup last year, enter the playoffs with the best odds of 10-1. The defending champion of the Stanley Cup, Washington Capitals, will open with a 12-1 probability to repeat.
The full odds for the 16 teams: