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Four major league championships in one month? Sounds like a sports lover’ (and bettors’) dream—And it’s all happening, starting with the Stanley Cup Final.

Read on to discover NHL Playoff updates, the Lightning vs Stars odds (and our picks), the playoff schedules & where to watch.

NHL Playoffs & Stanley Cup Final News

The 2020 NHL Conference Finals are finally kaput, and the Stanley Cup Final are upon us. The top four teams from both conferences played a 3-game round robin for first-round seeding, and now, the Western and Eastern Conference winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars will compete for the Stanley Cup, in the first Stanley Cup championship to be held solely in Canada in over 30 years (and the first final since 1928 to be held in one location, in this case, Roger’s Place in Edmonton).

Lightning vs Stars Odds: How did Game 1 go? 

In Game 1, the Dallas Stars won 4-1. The first round was relatively uneventful, with each team scoring one goal—One from the Stars’ Joel Hanley and one from the Lightning’s Yanni Gourde. Dallas was up by 2 in the second round, and kept up the pace despite the Lightning trying to aggressively score a goal, focusing on defense and ending the third period at 4-1 with an empty-net goal scored in the game’s last 20 minutes.

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Dallas Stars

  • Let’s take a look at the Dallas Star’s stats going into the finals:
  • Record: 37-24-8
  • Points Percentage: .594
  • Round Robin Placement: Third
  • Players Acquired during Off-Season: Corey Perry, Joe Pavelski, Andrej Sekera, Taylor Fedun and Jason Dickinson

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Let’s take a look at the Lightning’s stats going into the finals:
  • Record: 42-21-6
  • Points Percentage: .657
  • Round Robin Placement: Second
  • Players Acquired during Off-Season: Curtis McElhinney, Luke Schenn, Luke Witkowski, Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrick Maroon, Andrej Vasilevskiy, Cedric Paquette and Brayden Point.

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Odds & Betting Pick

Lightning vs Stars Odds

 Here are the odds via BetOnline:

Team Spread Moneyline Total Points Team Goals
Dallas Stars +1 ½  -205 +134 Over 5 -130 Over 2 ½ +110 Under 2 ½ -140
Tampa Bay Lightning -1 ½ +175 -148 Under 5 +118 Over 2 ½ -147 Under 2 ½ +117

 Here are the odds via Bovada:

Team Spread Win Total
Dallas Stars +1.5 (-200) +130 O5.0 (-130)
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 (+170) -150 U5.0 (+110)

Our Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning

Why?: Even though Dallas took Game 1, not only do the Tampa Bay Lightning have a better points percentage over the Dallas Stars, but they also have the home ice advantage.   

NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule  

You can watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Game 3 on Wednesday September 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Game 4 on Friday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Roger’s Place will host a Game 7 if needed to determine a Stanley Cup champion.

The 2020 Stanley Cup Final will take place at Roger’s Place, following the NBA’s lead with no audience in the stands.

Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is a card game enthusiast who you can find checking out the latest themed online casino games or sports betting trends. When she’s not writing about what’s new in the gambling world and industry (both online and on land), you can find her watching the NBA and looking up assorted player facts. (Did you know Lebron snacks on apples and almond butter everyday?)

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