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2020 Stanley Cup Final Betting: Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds & Picks

2020 Stanley Cup Final Betting: Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning betting preview and odds

At the beginning of the season, Tampa Bay was a top Stanley Cup Favorite.  Dallas was not.  Consider the Lightning’s long record of elite play.  By contrast, the Stars have been mostly mediocre.  For the 2020 season, things have been different for Dallas.  The Stars were a top-four team in the West.  Of course, Tampa Bay contended for the top seed in the East.  Nobody is surprised about the Lightning’s hockey betting success.  To be exact Dallas has caught everyone off guard.  Goal scoring has never been a Stars strength.  Until the 2020 playoffs that is!

2020 Stanley Cup Final Betting Information

Date: September 19 through September 30, 2020
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
TV Coverage: NBC and NBCSN

Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning CashBet Wagering Analysis

Since making the 2015 Stanley Cup Final the Lighting have has a stellar sportsbook reputation.  Tampa Bay has been a top tier contender ever since.  Gamblers are more comfortable with them as a result.  Counter to that is a Stars team that has been inconsistent.  And with no recent record of playoff success.  Dallas has operated in relative anonymity.  The masses are not familiar with them at all.

Familiar Coaching Matchup

Dallas coach Rick Bowness knows Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper quite well.  From 2013 through 2018 Bowness was Cooper’s top assistant with the Lightning.  Specifically, Bowness ran the Tampa Bay defense.  Cooper considered him a key betting on hockey assets.  Following a subpar 2018, management cut ties with Bowness.  He immediately caught on with Dallas.  And then in December, he became head coach.  Bowness led the Stars to their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years.  At age 65 it has been a dream season.

Cooper is a highly regarded coach.  He is seen as young, dynamic, and in tune with his players.  Cooper is an innovator that relates to the modern athlete.  Most important of all his style translates into NHL betting success.  Each year the Lightning win a lot of games and money for gamblers.  All that is missing is a Stanley Cup Championship.

Players to Watch

Namely Dallas right wing Denis Gurianov has nine goals and eight assists.  Left-wing Jamie Benn has eight goals and 10 assists.  Defenseman Miro Heiskanen has five goals, 17 assists, and a +3.  In particular, Benn has had the reputation for underachieving.  His emergence is long overdue.

In like manner Lighting center, Brayden Point has nine goals, 16 assists, and a +13.  Defenseman Victor Headman has nine goals, six assists, and a +15.  So too does right wing Nikita Kucherov have six goals, 20 assists, and a +15.  Left-wing Ondrej Palat adds eight goals, five assists, and a +14.

Between the Pipes

Dallas goaltender Anton Khudobin is 12-6 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.  Second goaltender is Khudobin’s normal role.  But when Ben Bishop was lost to injury, he took full advantage.

Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 14-5 with a 1.82 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.  Vasilevskiy has been the Lightning starter for several seasons.

Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning CashBet Free Pick

In this situation, the Stars have momentum and confidence.  Also, in their favor is a favorable Betting NHL price.  Of course, the Lightning are a top tier hockey club.  That isn’t the issue. Instead, the focus must be on Tampa Bay’s high price.  Against a quality Dallas team.

Stars vs. Lightning CashBet Best Bet: 

Dallas Stars


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