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Flames Now +1600 to Win 2020 Stanley Cup, Bumping Penguins from Top 10

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in NHL Hockey

Updated Mar 30, 2020 · 1:45 PM PDT

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The Flames had the best record in the Western Conference this past season, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs. Photo By mark6mauno (Wiki Commons)
  • The Calgary Flames are now a top-10 favorite to win the 2020 Stanley Cup
  • The Flames were the number one seed in the West last season, but were upset in the first round of the playoffs
  • Is Calgary worth betting at these odds?

The Calgary Flames had a disappointing finish to their 2018-19 campaign, but there’s no denying they’re one of the most talented teams in the NHL.

The Flames’ average 2020 Stanley Cup odds opened just outside the top-10 last week, but have already been bet down to +1600 ahead of perennial contender Pittsburgh.

2020 Stanley Cup Odds

Team Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning +675
Boston Bruins +1000
Toronto Maple Leafs +1000
Vegas Golden Knights +1000
Colorado Avalanche +1200
St. Louis Blues +1400
San Jose Sharks +1600
Calgary Flames +1600
Winnipeg Jets +1800
Washington Capitals +2000
Pittsburgh Penguins +2200

Odds taken 06/17/19

The core of their roster remains intact, and aside from a question mark between the pipes, there’s no reason to believe this group will not be a serious Stanley Cup contender again next season.


Calgary’s Ceiling is Incredibly High

The Flames put together one of the best regular seasons in franchise history in 2018-19, finishing with a conference-best 107 points and a plus-62 goal-differential. They feature a trio of 30-goal scorers all under the age of 26, and the best defenseman in the league.

Only the Lightning scored more goals last season than the Flames, and all of Calgary’s key offensive pieces are in the prime of their careers. They’re fast, incredibly skilled and a nightmare to play against.

They were one of the most puck dominant teams last season and no team in the West converted a better percentage of high danger scoring chances.

Calgary Won’t Stay Complacent

As good as the roster is, Flames GM Brad Treliving will likely still be active in free agency or on the trade front this offseason. He has a history of making big deals and he’ll desperately be trying to unload the James Neal contract.

Calgary is short on cap flexibility at the moment, so it’s safe to assume Treliving will try to deal an expiring contract or two to solidify any holes on the roster. Everyone recognizes how close Calgary is to winning a Stanley Cup, so we can expect Treliving to pull out all the stops to make this a championship calibre team.

Buy the Flames, Sell the Penguins

While the Flames are a stock on the rise, the Penguins are trending down. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be another year older and Phil Kessel refuses to leave town. Their cap situation is a nightmare again and they’ve already started to unload expensive talent.

Pittsburgh wasn’t good enough to escape the first round last season, losing in four straight to the Isles, and currently lack the depth to compete with the elite teams in the East.

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