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The Tampa Bay Lightning have been Stanley Cup contenders for the past few seasons, but based on their latest postseason odds, it seems oddsmakers really like their chances of contending again.

In FanDuel Sportsbook's initial odds release, Tampa Bay has a -750 betting line to make the NHL Postseason.

NHL Postseason odds

The usual suspects like the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins have favorable odds to contend for the Cup too, but there are a few surprising teams that have pretty solid odds to make the NHL Postseason. 

The New Jersey Devils made a miracle run to the postseason last year, but their -145 betting line seems to indicate that oddsmakers believe the team's young core will take the next step. 

The Calgary Flames are probably the most surprising postseason favorite. The team barely finished with a winning record last season, but their improved roster impressed oddsmakers enough to give them a favorable -195 betting line for the year. 

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