- The Vegas Golden Knights are among next season’s Stanley Cup favorites, according to various sportsbooks in Nevada.
- The fairly new team in Vegas didn’t make it to the finals in 2020, though it has performed well during the past three years of its presence in the city.
- Station Casinos’ STN Sports app puts the Golden Knights at the top, with other apps and books ranking the team highly.
- However, the team has a lot to do to meet the expectations set by the sportsbooks.
Sportsbooks began releasing next season’s odds shortly after the Tampa Bay Lightning took home the Stanley Cup. Among the favorites to win the cup come next year is the Vegas Golden Knights, according to various books in Nevada.
The Golden Knights are the favorites to clinch the professional hockey tournament title on the Station Casinos’ STN Sports app. The team stands alone at the canopy of Station Casinos’ odds at +550 (5.5-1) to lift the Stanley Cup.
The reigning champion Lightning is +600 (6-1) to take home the cup at Station Casinos sportsbooks.
The Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche are both +600 favorites to win the Stanley Cup at William Hill sportsbooks. This is the sole Nevada sportsbook with conference odds. These teams are also +280 co-favorites to clinch the Western Conference.
Boyd Gaming’s new B-Connected Sports app puts the Golden Knights as the second-favorite at +950. According to the app, the Colorado Avalanche are the favorites at +750 to take home the Stanley Cup in the coming season.
The Westgate SuperBook puts odds closer, with the Golden Knights, Colorado Avalanche, and Lighting tying at +700 to win the cup in 2021. It is often beneficial to find out the best odds.
A Bizarre Season with an Upsetting End
As a franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights have had a great start. For the three years the team has been playing, it has advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For a new team, that’s an exemplary achievement. However, Golden Knights are eyeing the pro hockey championship.
This year has been a strange one for all professional sports. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the halting of the NHL’s season in March. When the league resumed, the Golden Knights played against the rest of the Western Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada bubble.
A triumph in a pre-playoff round-robin tournament gave the Golden Knights victory in the top seed for the Western Conference. However, the team lost to Dallas Stars in the conference championship, which, in turn, lost the finals to Lightning.
Eyeing the Cup Next Season
As the Golden Knights head into the off-season, it is focusing on bringing the Stanley Cup back to Las Vegas in 2021. Coach Pete DeBoer said they’ve “got to find a way to get it across the finish line in first place, not in second or third or fourth.”
However, living up to the odds that Nevada bookmakers have set means the Golden Knights have a lot of work to do off-season. The team has a small salary-cap room and several free agents, including goaltender Robin Lehner, defenseman Deryk Engelland, and left winger Tomas Nosek.