The Boston Bruins tied for the second-best record in the NHL during the regular season, but oddsmakers haven't pegged them as one of the top two favorites to win the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
The B's are +1000 to win the Stanley Cup, which is tied with several teams for the third-best odds. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup favorite at +250, while the San Jose Sharks are the Western Conference favorite at +800.
Check out the odds (from Caesars) of all 16 playoff teams in the tweet below:
Why aren't the Bruins a bit higher? Well, their road to the Cup Final is brutal.
Boston plays the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the best teams in the league, in the first round. If the Bruins survive the Leafs in Round 1 for the second year in a row, they likely will have a second-round rematch with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Lightning. An upset over the Lightning could result in an Eastern Conference finals battle with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
The Bruins probably would be favored over any team in the Stanley Cup Final, but getting to that point figures to be extremely difficult given the likely opponents in the East.
Boston's road to the Cup Final begins Thursday night at TD Garden with Game 1 versus the Leafs.
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NHL's All-Star weekend isn't just a time for the NHL's best players to showcase their skills on the ice. Apparently, their mascots get a chance to do that as well.
The NHL has a mascot game every year at All-Star weekend to showcase the Grittys and Youppis of the world. But just before the start of Saturday night's NHL All-Star Game, the Boston Bruins took some time to shout out their mascot Blades.
As you can see in the video below, courtesy of the Bruins official Twitter account, Blades had a pretty nice dangle to beat the Anaheim Ducks mascot, Wildwing, and net a goal.
Considering that's a person in a bear costume on skates, that's pretty good.
The Bruins will be hoping that David Pastrnak can find success similar to that of Blades during the game on Saturday night. To watch the NHL All-Star Game, click here.
Many of hockey's best players have descended on St. Louis for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
Among the players showcasing their elite talent for the world to see is Boston Bruins right winger David Pastrnak, who entered the All-Star break with a league-leading 37 goals. He is the only Bruins player participating in the game after goaltender Tuukka Rask decided to skip the event (he later was placed on injured following a concussion suffered on Jan. 14).
Pastrnak is the Atlantic Division team captain, and he'll try to lead the team to its first ever All-Star Game victory. The current All-Star format, which was adopted in 2016, pits the four divisions against each other in a single-elimination tournament. The two semifinal winners square off in the final.
Here's the information you need to watch the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
When: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports