Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Tampa Bay Lightning face the Dallas Stars with the biggest trophy in hockey on the line. The game will be broadcast in the US live on NBC.
The Bolts are 12-4 in the playoffs, having dispatched the New York Islanders in six games in the Eastern Conference Final. Lightning center Brayden Point enters as the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at +125. The 24-year-old has 25 points in 17 games in the NHL bubble counting both classification games and series and is a +13.
Point’s linemate Nikita Kucherov has 26 points in 19 games and is a +15, and checks in at +325 for the Smythe. Left defenceman Victor Hedman, a Norris Trophy candidate as the league’s top blue-liner, is +200 thanks to his +19 and 15 points.
For the Stars, rising superstar Miro Heiskanen leads all scorers with 22 points in 21 bubble games, and has just two penalty minutes at defenceman. He’s the chalk if the Stars win the trophy at +250, with goaltender Anton Kuhdobin as the second choice at +300. Kuhdobin has a 2.62 goals against average, a .920 save percentage, and a 12-6 record in the Edmonton games.
The following odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook:
Game 1 winner
Dallas Stars: +135
Tampa Bay Lightning: -159
Puck line Game 1
Dallas Stars +1.5: -195
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5: +160
Total Game 1
Over 5 goals: -134
Under 5 goals: +110
Stanley Cup winner
Tampa Bay Lightning: -182
Dallas Stars: +160
Exact series outcome
Stanley Cup Final exact games and winner
|TB Lightning to win 4-1||+385|
|TB Lightning to win 4-2||+415|
|TB Lightning to win 4-3||+450|
|DAL Stars to win 4-3||+650|
|DAL Stars to win 4-2||+700|
|TB Lightning to win 4-0||+725|
|DAL Stars to win 4-1||+1150|
|DAL Stars to win 4-0||+2500|
Smythe Trophy winner
Conn Smythe Winner
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