The Duel

Blues and Capitals Surpass Islanders for Best Odds to Win 2019 Stanley Cup

By Ian McCafferty
St Louis Blues v New York Islanders
St Louis Blues v New York Islanders / Bruce Bennett

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The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have been as unpredictable as ever, with the top team in each conference getting bounced in the first round. The Tampa Bay Lightning, a team won the President's Trophy, were swept out of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets and the No. 1 seed in the West, the Calgary Flames, lost, 4-1, to the Colorado Avalanche.

With two No. 1 seeds no longer in the playoff picture, two teams are now tied at +600 for the best odds to win the Stanley Cup – the St. Louis Blues and the defending-champion Washington Capitals. Just four days ago, the New York Islanders were the favorites at +550, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Blues have made the largest jump, going from +1400 on April 18 to +600 today. The Capitals, who haven't yet advanced to the second round, have held steady at +600. And the Blue Jackets, who knocked off the Lightning, went from +700 last week to +650 in the latest odds.

St. Louis' improved odds come after they knocked the Winnipeg Jets out of the NHL playoffs.

The former-favorite Islanders are the only favorite to advance thus far, sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins, and putting them at +650 as they wait for the second-round opponent.

The Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights are all tied at +750, even though none have advanced. The Sharks and Golden Knights face off in Game 7 on Tuesday night, after San Jose won Game 6 in double OT. And the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (+900) in another Game 7.

The Blues and Caps can now add their names to the list of favorites to win the Stanley Cup, but they likely won't be the last with all the upsets that have already taken place.

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