The 2020-21 Stanley Cup Finals matchup solidified on Friday night after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders, 1-0, in Game 7 of their third-round series. Tampa Bay will go on to play the Montreal Canadiens, who advanced to the finals by eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights in six games.
There'll be a lot of pressure on the Lightning as they enter the finals with a chance of becoming the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Pittsburgh Penguins did it in 2016 and 2017.
Considering how they are the defending champions, it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that the Lightning are favored to win the Stanley Cup once again. FanDuel Sportsbook has listed Tampa Bay as the -260 favorite to win the championship, while the Canadiens are the +220 underdogs. If Montreal is victorious, it'll be the organization's first Stanley Cup victory since 1993 — the last time any Canadian team accomplished that honor.
Game 1 of the Lightning-Canadiens series will go down on Monday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. EST at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. The Lightning are projected to win the opening matchup at -196 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the Canadiens' odds of winning sit at +164.
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