Oddsmakers are not allowing a historic payout and overall financial loss to influence their bookmaking protocol.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the favorites with 5-1 odds, fresh off capturing the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best regular-season record, though they were upset in the first round.
“There’s no reason to think they’re not going to be a buzzsaw again,” Davis said. “They have a top-three goalie. All lines can score. They have to be the favorite and they have to be a sizable favorite.”
Vegas (9-1), St. Louis (10-1), the Boston Bruins (12-1) and Toronto Maple Leafs (12-1) are next in line. The Ottawa Senators (400-1), Los Angeles Kings (150-1) and Detroit Red Wings (100-1) represent the long shots with triple-digit odds.