Quick Strikes: The Tampa Bay Lightning Are The Odds On Favorite To Win The Stanley Cup


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The Washington Capitals done-did it. They not only advanced to the third round for the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era, but they won. 

The Capitals rallied back from a 3-2 series deficit to win two straight and eliminate the Lightning in seven games, including the finale in Tampa. They'll move on to the Stanley Cup Final, where they'll face the Vegas Golden Knights and have a chance to win the first D.C. sports championship since 1992, when the Redskins won the Super Bowl.

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NHL Playoffs odds

Here's a look at each team's projected odds to advance via SportsLine, not to mention their odds to win not only their conference, but also the Stanley Cup.    

Matchup breakdown


The Lightning are, to be blunt, the best scoring team in the NHL. They have three players that have double figure points so far, with (of course) Nikita Kucherov leading the way so far at 12. Steven Stamkos has been an efficient facilitator for the Lightning, putting up seven assists, and Ondrej Palat has more than a third of his 11 regular season goals with four in this postseason. The Lightning aren't leading many raw categories, but they haven't had time to build up those stats. The Capitals, meanwhile, have arguably the best goal creator in the NHL in Alex Ovechkin, who has eight goals to lead the Caps in these playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov has seven goals of his own, while T.J. Oshie has put up five. There's a lot of firepower, but the Capitals are more top-heavy in the scoring department.