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A sizzling start has propelled the Boston Bruins into the top spot on the Stanley Cup futures.

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend – which has become a checkpoint of the NHL season, since the vast majority of teams holding a playoff spot by that point usually make the postseason – the Bruins are a +850 favourite on the 2020 Stanley Cup odds at sportsbooks monitored by The Tampa Bay Lightning (+900) are the second favorite, followed by the Washington Capitals (+1000), New York Islanders (+1200), St. Louis Blues (+1200) and Toronto Maple Leafs (+1200).

The next cluster of teams has a new face as the Edmonton Oilers (+1600) are now among the Colorado Avalanche (+1400), Dallas Stars (+1600), Vegas Golden Knights (+1600) and the Carolina Hurricanes (+1800) at online betting sites.

The Bruins enter Thursday with the best goal differential in the league by a considerable margin, with David Pastrnak scoring goals at an incredible pace. Skeptics might note that it is tough to keep up such a pace all season, and of course, recent history is littered with regular-season juggernauts that stalled in the playoffs. The Lightning just last season were one of those teams and, this time around, might be worth fading until they display consistent success.

The Capitals, led by Alex Ovechkin, should likely hold their betting value thanks to being in a competitive Metropolitan Division. The Islanders and Hurricanes are two of the league’s most defensively formidable teams and might be worth some darkhorse consideration, since neither team is overly blessed with the type of big-name scoring talent that tends to draw casual bettors and lower betting value. The small-market Hurricanes have one of the league’s deepest defense corps, led by Dougie Hamilton, and that depth does tend to come to the fore in the spring.

Of course, no Canadian-based team has raised the Stanley Cup since 1993. The Maple Leafs are on a three-win streak since installing Sheldon Keefe as head coach after firing Mike Babcock and are back in an Atlantic Division playoff spot. Their road to the Stanley Cup final still goes through Boston, their stumbling block in 2018 and 2019, but at +1200 on those NHL odds they are a value play.

Edmonton’s price has dropped by almost half thanks to a hot streak engineered by Hart Trophy candidates and linemates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but the Oilers are likely too much of a one-line show to have Stanley Cup-contender staying power.

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