The Stanley Cup is considered by many as the hardest trophy in sports to win. NHL players put their bodies through a physical marathon for an 82-game regular season, but that’s just the beginning, as they then need to win four best-of-seven playoff series to hoist the cup.
Critics will be quick to nitpick the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2020 Stanley Cup, citing the oddity of games being played in a bubble, with no travel to endure and no fans to contend with. It might not have been a normal postseason, but they still needed to out-perform and outlast every other team in the NHL.
The Lightning got the job done in 2020, but that means little as we head into the upcoming 2020-21 season. There is a lot of uncertainty for all 31 teams to deal with. The start date for the new season is still unknown. The season may or may not be shortened. The hope of fans being allowed in arenas is also still very much up in the air.
Regardless of the when, where, and how, the NHL will play this season. And you can already bet on who you think will win the next Stanley Cup. Here’s how to bet on the Stanley Cup at Tennessee online sportsbooks, plus a quick guide to some recent trends and betting tips.
Stanley Cup 2021 odds are live already at some online sportsbooks. Whether you think one of the league’s elite teams will win the Cup or a huge underdog will make a Cinderella-run, you can check out the Stanley Cup betting odds for the Nashville Predators and the 30 other NHL teams below.
The Predators had a slightly disappointing 2019-20 season based on the standard the organization has set. They went 35-26-8 in 69 games before the NHL suspended their season on March 12. They made the playoff bubble, but lost their best-of-five first-round matchup against the Arizona Coyotes in four games.
Nashville’s struggles can be partly explained by the disappointing season from franchise legend goaltender Pekka Rinne. Rinne had a .895 save percentage in 2019-20— his career average save percentage is .914. Look for Rinne to rebound this upcoming season. If he doesn’t, Juuse Saros has proven to be a capable NHL goalie who will make more starts in net.
If the goaltending improves in 2021 and the team buys into what new coach John Hynes is preaching, the Stanley Cup is not out of the question for the Predators. Here you’ll see the best Stanley Cup & playoff odds for the Predators at sportsbooks across Tennessee listed below:
State legislation made sports betting legal in Tennessee in April 2019, and sportsbooks are finally live as of Nov. 1, 2020. This means legal sports betting will be up and running well before the start of the 2020-21 NHL betting season.
Sports betting in Tennessee is available only online, as well as through betting apps for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone/tablet. There will be no brick-and-mortar physical sportsbooks in Tennessee. But any bet you want to place can be easily made through your cell phone or computer from anywhere in the state.
Many sportsbook companies applied for licenses to conduct business in Tennessee, but four have already been approved and launched on Nov.1.
DraftKings Sportsbook is a huge name in the sports betting industry. DraftKings has a sleek mobile app and boasts an expansive and diverse amount of NHL markets to bet on including Stanley Cup futures.
FanDuel Sportsbook is also in Tennessee. It offers an awesome app with easy registration and deposit processes. FanDuel offers plenty of NHL options to bet on, whether it’s spreads, totals, moneylines, parlays, or props.
BetMGM has already formed a relationship with the Tennessee Titans, meaning it will be able to offer exclusive offers for sports bettors. The app has first-rate sign up offers and a great list of options to bet on, including the Stanley Cup and the Predators.
Tennessee Action 24/7 is a locally owned sportsbook operator who has been approved to operate in the state as well.
A futures bet is a bet made on an event that will occur in the future. You receive fixed odds based on the time you place your bet. The value in a future bet is that if you predict something will happen, you will get better odds in the futures market than if you bet on it when the event does happen.
If you bet on Nashville to win the Stanley Cup in the pre-season, you’ll get a better price than if you were to bet on Nashville to win the Stanley Cup while they’re in the playoffs.
An example of this would be if the Predators were +2000 to win the Stanley Cup during the pre-season. If they’re playing good hockey, their odds might drop to +1500 during the regular season.
If they qualify for the playoffs, their odds will likely drop to +1000. If they win a round, they’ll drop to +500. If they’re in the conference finals, they’ll drop to +200. If they’re in the NHL Stanley Cup Final, they might be -150 favorites.
Think of it this way: you and a friend both bet on the Predators to win the Stanley Cup through the DraftKings app. You both bet $100 on it. You placed your bet via the futures market during the pre-season at +2000. Your friend waited until the Predators made the Stanley Cup Final and bet the Predators at -150. Your $100 will return a profit of $2000. His $100 will return him a profit of $66.67. The value of future bets can be enormous.
Future bets are not paid out until your event is settled. If you bet on the Predators to win the Stanley Cup, your money will be held until either they win the Stanley Cup or they are eliminated from contention. Think of it as investing money that can’t be touched for a certain amount of time with a large potential return-on-investment.
If you don’t want to bet on the Stanley Cup through the futures market, you can wait until the Stanley Cup Final and bet each game individually. There are three main markets in Stanley Cup Final betting.
For example, if Nashville is -150 to win the game, their -1.5 puck-line will be in the +170 range. If Nashville wins the game by two goals or more, the -1.5 puck-line would be a winner. If Nashville wins the game by just one goal, or loses the game altogether, then betting the Predators on the puck-line would be a losing bet.
There’s no shortage of options for betting on the Stanley Cup. There’s an action for every kind of sports bettor.
Fans of the Predators might not want to hear this, but the Stanley Cup has been spending a lot of time in the Eastern Conference lately. After the Western Conference won four straight Cups from 2012-2015, the East has responded by winning four of the last five championships. The Tampa Bay Lightning continued this trend in 2020 by beating the Dallas Stars in the final.
Since 2014, only one team that entered the playoffs as a number-one seed has won the Stanley Cup. That would be the Washington Capitals in 2018. No other team that won the Stanley Cup in that time frame even won their division.
Tampa Bay finished 2nd in their division in 2019-20. The St. Louis Blues finished 3rd in the Central Division in 2018-19, but that didn’t stop them from going all the way. Regular season dominance is not at all necessary to go on a deep playoff run.
The NHL is made up of two conferences with two teams in each division. The Tampa Bay Lightning, champions in 2020, play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The 2019 champion St. Louis Blues play in the Central Division. The Washington Capitals of the Metropolitan Division lifted the Cup in 2018.
The Pacific Division has not won the Stanley Cup since the Los Angeles Kings won it in 2014. Outside of the Kings in 2012 and 2014, the division hasn’t seen one of its teams lift the trophy since 2007. Before that? 1990. That’s just three championships in 30 years.
That doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon either. In 2019-20, the Pacific division was the only division where there was no team to crack 90 points during the regular season. Four of the five worst teams in the Conference were in the Pacific division. It’s by far the weakest division in the league and the results show that.
Hockey is a sport with a lot of variances, meaning the final score doesn’t always match up perfectly with what’s going on in the game. Plenty of times the far better team loses the game because of special-teams or goaltending. St. Louis was the worst team in the NHL for over half of the regular season in 2018-19.
They got hot and went on a run that never stopped. In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings entered the playoffs as an 8 seed and then swept the best team in the league in the first round en route to the Stanley Cup championship. A longshot underdog isn’t as dumb as it may seem on the surface.
You can do all the research you want on a matchup, but that research will be mostly worthless if you don’t account for a team missing a star player due to injury. Your analysis might lead you to bet the under in a game, but then the game goes way over because you didn’t realize the teams were starting their back-up goaltenders.
At the same time, don’t overreact to an injury. Individual players are only a small part of their teams. A lot of times one player doesn’t make as much of an impact on a game as it seems.
It’s a fact that a team that played the night before is likely going to lose the game if they’re playing a rested team that didn’t play the previous night. If a team has traveled from New York to Los Angeles to Minnesota then back to Arizona and New York in the past week, you have to factor that into your handicapping strategy.
As hard as it is to believe at times, these players are humans as well and these things affect their ability to perform at a high level. We expect professional athletes to perform at their highest level in every game, but any sports fan knows teams come out with clunkers all the time. Digging into things that may not seem important is the difference between a winning bet and a losing bet sometimes.
In the Stanley Cup Final, remember to factor in things like how long of a rest a team has had before the series, how many games they’ve played in the playoffs so far compared to their opponent, and other factors that might be overlooked.
|2019-20||Tampa Bay Lightning||Dallas Stars||6|
|2018-19||St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins||7|
|2017-18||Washington Capitals||Vegas Golden Knights||5|
|2016-17||Pittsburgh Penguins||Nashville Predators||6|
|2015-16||Pittsburgh Penguins||San Jose Sharks||6|
|2014-15||Chicago Blackhawks||Tampa Bay Lightning||6|
|2013-14||Los Angeles Kings||New York Rangers||5|
|2012-13||Chicago Blackhawks||Boston Bruins||6|
|2011-12||Los Angeles Kings||New Jersey Devils||6|
|2010-11||Boston Bruins||Vancouver Canucks||7|
Bailey’s is a go-to Preds bar given its location near Bridgestone Arena. Lots of pool tables and satellite and cable coverage of virtually any sporting event are added benefits.
City Tap House has over 60 craft beers on tap and an 18-foot television screen to scream towards for late-game Preds penalty kills.
Barlines is another staple Preds bar and a stone’s throw from the Bridgestone Arena inside the Omni Hotel. 22 flat-screen TVs make it an ideal place to hang out and watch the Preds battle for their 14th visit to the playoffs since 2004.
Yes. The Pittsburgh Penguins recently did in 2016 and 2017. They also did it in 1991 and 1992. The Detroit Red Wings won in both 1997 and 1998. Many teams did it before that when there were fewer teams in the league.
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup as an eight seed in 2012. They were the first and only eight seed to accomplish this feat.
Of the last 25 Stanley Cups won, 18 were won by the team which had home-ice advantage in the series. This includes the Tampa Bay Lightning who won the Cup in the neutral-site bubble in 2020 but were listed as the team with home-ice advantage.
You can watch the Stanley Cup via the NBC Sports app for free, but you are required to log in with a television provider.