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  • The St Louis Blues won the 2019 Stanley Cup
  • They certainly weren’t the favorites for much of the season, though
  • See how the 2019 Stanley Cup odds changed throughout the 2018-19 NHL season, from opening right before puck drop for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals

The St Louis Blues won the 2019 Stanley Cup, their first in franchise history. But the team was in last place in the NHL as late as January 3, 2019, and they were seen as underdogs nearly the entire way. Have a look back at how the odds changed throughout the season.

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Top Stanley Cup Contenders

Here are a few notes on the movement of top Stanley Cup contenders:

  • [06/10/2019] The Bruins have forced a Game 7 and are listed as -145 favorites to hoist the Cup
  • [06/07/2019] The Blues picked up a win on the road in Game 5, taking a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final; they’re now heavily favored to win the series, sporting -290 odds
  • [06/04/2019] The Blues have evened the series 2-2, and see their odds go back to +140, which is what they were to start the Stanley Cup Final
  • [06/02/2019] A commanding 7-2 victory in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead, the Bruins are again heavy -340 favorites
  • [05/30/2019] The Blues stole Game 2 on the road in OT and saw their average odds go from an average of +250 to +110 as a result
  • [05/28/2019] After winning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins average odds moved from -160 to -300
  • [05/27/2019] The odds have shifted slightly since the Stanley Cup Final matchup was set, as the Bruins are now at an average of -160 instead of -165
  • [05/22/2019] The Boston Bruins have opened as favorites over the St Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final
  • [05/17/2019] After sweeping the Hurricanes, the Bruins see their average Stanley Cup odds shorten to -150, making them the odds-on favorite
  • [05/14/2019] After taking a 2-0 series lead, and seeing the Sharks drop Game 2 of the WCF, some books are calling Boston the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup; their average odds sit at +100, though
  • [05/09/2019] The Bruins still have the best odds to win the Cup with the Conference Finals set, but the Sharks, after defeating the Avalanche in Game 7, now have the second-best odds
  • [05/08/2019] The Boston Bruins have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup, while the St Louis Blues have the second-best after defeating the Stars in Game 7
  • [05/03/2019] The Carolina Hurricanes are now the favorites to win the Cup after taking a 3-0 series lead on the Islanders
  • [04/25/2019] After all four division-winners fell in the first round of the NHL Playoffs, the Boston Bruins are left as the favorites entering the second round
  • [04/15/2019] With the Lightning down 3-0 in their first-round series to the Blue Jackets, the Washington Capitals have become Stanley Cup favorites
  • [04/01/2019] At +220 on average, Tampa Bay’s odds are the shortest they have been all year
  • [03/13/2019] Winnipeg’s odds continue to get longer as their uneven play continues
  • [02/26/2019] After a 4-month hiatus, the Bruins are once again a top-5 cup contender

Closing Stanley Cup Odds

Team Odds
Boston Bruins -178
St Louis Blues +160

As if the Tampa Bay Lightning being swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round wasn’t shocking enough, the other three division-winners – Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, and Washington Capitals – were also sent home in the first round.

Teams Searching for Their First Cup

Team Years in the NHL Cup Final Appearances Closest They’ve Come
Vancouver Canucks 48 3 Game 7 Cup Final losses in both 2011 and 1994. No one in Vancouver will ever forget LaFayette’s post or the ensuing riots.
Buffalo Sabres 48 2 Game 6 in 1999. Losing in overtime, no thanks to Brett Hull’s foot in the crease.
San Jose Sharks 27 1 Game 6 in 2016. They’ve never been able to shed their label as chokers.
Nashville Predators 20 1 Game 6 in 2017. Nashville fans still rue the bad call on Sissons’ go-ahead goal.
Ottawa Senators 26 1 Game 5 in 2007. A heartbreaking series for that culminated in the infamous Emery-Phillips mixup. 
Vegas Golden Knights 1 1 Game 5 in 2018. Luca Sbisa hands the game to Lars Eller to end the Knights historic run.
St. Louis Blues 52 3 The St. Louis Blues got swept in the finals in three consecutive years, in 1968, 1969, and 1970.
Florida Panthers 25 1 Swept by Colorado in 1996, despite the year of the rat.
Arizona Coyotes 22 0 Lost in 5 games to the LA Kings in 2012. Dustin Brown isn’t admired by Glendale faithful.
Winnipeg Jets 24 (1979-1996, 2011-2018) 0 Defeated by the LA Kings in 5 games in 2018. Canada’s best hope was no match for Ryan Reaves’ heroics.
Minnesota Wild 18 0 Swept in the 2003 Conference Finals. Despite a disappointing playoff history, they did end Patrick Roy’s career in spectacular fashion.
Columbus Blue Jackets 18 0 The Jackets have only won 4 playoff games in their history, 2 in 2014 and 2 in 2018. They probably beat the Caps if not for Lars Eller’s shin, though.

Top Canadian Teams

No Canadian team has won since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, but 2019 looked like a promising year for the 26-year drought to come to an end. The Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Winnipeg Jets were all considered top contenders.

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs were the last remaining Canadian team this season, but they didn’t even make it out of the first round of the 2019 NHL Playoffs
Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Montreal Canadiens 24 33 1993 1993
Toronto Maple Leafs 13 21 1967 1967
Edmonton Oilers 5 7 1990 2006
Calgary Flames 1 3 1989 2004
Vancouver Canucks 0 2 N/A 2011

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division

The Metropolitan Division boasts two perennial powerhouses in the east: the Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not to mention the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are going for it this season after a very flashy trade deadline.

The division boasts three of the top four active playoff performers in the NHL in Ovechkin, Crosby, and Malkin. All three of them have Conn Smythe trophies, to boot.

  • The Carolina Hurricanes were the last Metro team standing, making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Final; they would, however, get swept by the Boston Bruins
Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Washington Capitals 1 2 2018 2018
Pittsburgh Penguins 5 6 2017 2017
New York Rangers 4 11 1994 2014
New York Islanders 4 5 1983 1984
New Jersey Devils 3 5 2003 2012

Atlantic Division

Outside of the Bruins, Lightning, and Leafs, the Atlantic division was totally irrelevant in a discussion of potential Stanley Cup Favorites. The Panthers looked to be strong contenders for a playoff berth, but they turned out to be an utter disaster, with several boat anchors playing big roles on their roster. Also, turns out relying on 41-year-old Roberto Luongo to stop the puck wasn’t such a good idea, after all.

  • The Atlantic division appeared to start and stop with the Tampa Bay Lightning. But they suffered one of the most epic playoff collapses, getting swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • The Boston Bruins represented the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals
Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Toronto Maple Leafs 13 21 1967 1967
Boston Bruins 6 19 2011 2013
Tampa Bay Lightning 1 2 2004 2015
Detroit Red Wings 11 24 2008 2009
Montreal Canadiens 24 33 1993 1993

Western Conference

Pacific Division

In the offseason, the Pacific Division didn’t project to be very strong in 2018-2019, with Vegas being the only expected Cup Contender. After the Sharks acquired Erik Karlsson, things changed quickly, and they became eminently relevant once again.

Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Anaheim Ducks 1 2 2007 2007
LA Kings 2 3 2014 2014
San Jose Sharks 0 1 N/A 2016
Vegas Golden Knights 0 1 N/A 2018
Edmonton Oilers 5 7 1990 2006

Central Division

The Central Division boasts some strong teams, headlined by powerhouses in Nashville and Winnipeg. Heading into the season, you thought it was a shame only five teams from the Central could make the playoffs, because all eight of these teams looked like they’d have a legitimate shot to enter the postseason in 2018-2019.

  • For all the hype Nashville got in the preseason, they’ve frankly looked unspectacular all season. Their center depth in Johnansen-Turris-Bonino-Boyle was once regarded as one of their key strengths but now looks like their chief weakness
  • St. Louis, led by Jordan Binnington and Ryan O’Reilly’s heroics, won their first ever Stanley Cup
 Team Stanley Cups Finals Appearances Last Championship Last Finals Appearance
Chicago Blackhawks 6 13 2015 2015
St. Louis Blues 0 3 N/A 1970
Colorado Avalanche 2 2 2001 2001
Dallas Stars 1 4 1999 2000
Nashville Predators 0 1 N/A 2017

Archived Stanley Cup Odds: 2018

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After receiving a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Ottawa ('15), Matt spent two years with Rogers TV as a host, producer, and play-by-play commentator. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD's Editor-in-Chief and sports betting expert.