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Four Teams Poised For Winning The 2020-2021 Stanley Cup Title

After having the 2019-2020 pro hockey season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic ending up with a 24-team playoff format, the NHL has been back since mid-January bringing hockey fans their beloved action. While the season is already one third of the way in, all the best online sports betting outlets are already starting to show stronger signals and odds for which teams look best to go after the Stanley Cup. Four teams stand out from the rest as favorites right now to take the NHL title. The Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Las Vegas Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs all have hockey fans acknowledging their favoritism, and here’s why.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers left the 2019-2020 season with a chip on their shoulder because of their wasted potential and chances. But in this new season the Flyers are back and they are looking poised like no other team to take the league by storm. If they were in any other division this would be an easy statement to base and back but given that the NHL East is widely considered the most talented division in the league, well the Flyers are still looking real good. Bringing back pivotal pieces like Nolan Patrick and Oskar Lindblom made them go from a good looking team to a team that can potentially have two top class first lines. That’s how much talent there is in Philadelphia right now, a perfect mix of youth and veteran strength. 

Although they might not be first in their division, trailing the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders there’s no denying that the Flyers have the best squad in the NHL East. Their offense is effective and has made the art of comeback wins a true thing. Their goaltending with Carter Hart has been formidable as well as their defense holding the fort strong despite being on the younger side with Travis Sanheim and Travis Konecny calling the shots. Add to those a player like Sean Coultier who is still only 28 and there is defense for days and for long postseason runs.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The defending Tampa Bay Lightning look like they have not lost a skip to their title run of last year’s playoff run. With their only real issue being losing Nikita Kucherov for the season after going through hip surgery they still play at the best level and don’t really seem to have any plans to stop any time soon. 

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One of Tampa Bay’s main reasons for performing so well is the playing of Andrei Vasilevskiy, considered by many hockey experts as the best goalie in all of the league. Tampa Bay appears to only know the concept of winning and winning in commanding forms with shutouts being a regular thing for them. Their division will surely be a breeze to win at their pace and a repeat of the Stanley Cup win could easily be in the makings.

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Las Vegas Golden Knights

Hockey fans surely know that if there’s a team that should get some much deserved recognition it’s the LV Golden Knights. The Golden Knights have battled through almost every single obstacle the COVID-19 ridden season can throw at them. From not having their coaching staff for a whole game to a player getting pulled midgame because of a positive COVID-19 test results, Las Vegas has seen it all and still managed to put on some great hockey games on the ice. 

Their goal differential is one of the best in the league, and even in a conference with other title contenders like the Colorado Avalanche they are still looking as the best suited to take the NHL West division. If the Golden Knights can dig back into their explosive offensive hockey another trip to the Stanley Cup could be in the plans, maybe this time even snatching a win unlike in 2018.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Could this be the year in which the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup drought finally finishes? Well the Canadian squad are surely making a run for it. Comfortably leading the North Division, aka the Canada Division of the league, the Leafs are showing off some real potential. No, not like in other years where it looks like something good but then the Leafs manage to screw it up. 

The Leafs hold one of the best scoring offenses in the league, only surpassed by Tampa Bay’s, but that’s not something to be surprised about. For the past few seasons Toronto has had some of the absolute best offenses in the league, their problems usually relied on the defensive side of the puck. With some key additions in the off season to truly arm up the defense Toronto has become also one of the best defensive squads in the league. Their effectiveness on both sides of the puck and the ease of their calendar make their case for a Stanley Cup title oh so valid.

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