When the Stanley Cup Playoffs began a week ago, the Presidents Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning were the odds on favorite to win with 2/1 odds.
Now, the Bolts are on the brink of elimination Tuesday, and the Vegas oddsmakers have the Caps as the new Stanley Cup favorites with 5/1 odds.
NHL Stanley Cup winner updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) April 15, 2019
Capitals 5/1@GoldenKnights 6/1
Blue Jackets 10/1
Maple Leafs 12/1
The Caps originally ranked tied with the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators at 12/1 odds. That has been cut by over half thanks to their 2-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes.
And the Caps aren't the only 2018 Stanley Cup Final team to appear at the top. The Vegas Golden Knights rank just behind the Caps with 6/1 odds after taking a 2-1 series lead against the Sharks Sunday night.
Back-to-back? Vegas thinks so.
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