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COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 18: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is congratulated by Nikita Kucherov #86 after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 18, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

It’s the closest thing to a lock in sports betting. This morning, as Tampa Bay Lightning fans gear up for Game 1 at Amalie Arena, sports bets are being placed and it’s incredibly lopsided. This morning, VegasInsider.com puts the Bolts at 9/5 odds to go all the way. That means you won’t even double your money if the Lightning win the Stanley Cup. How far ahead of the pack is Tampa Bay? Get this… the #2 pick? The Boston Bruins with odds of 10/1! So a $10 bet on the Lightning would score you under $20. A $10 bet on Boston would pay out $100. That’s how sure the experts are Tampa Bay will hoist the Cup. Does Vegas get it wrong sometimes? Sure. But it’s rare that the gap between #1 and #2 is this wide. Tampa Bay hockey fans have a lot to be excited about. The biggest longshots to win the Stanley Cup? They would be the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.

GO BOLTS!