NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league's regular season was officially over due to the coronavirus pandemic and that 24 instead of the usual 16 teams would advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Riding a seven-game winning streak into the week, the Boston Bruins now find themselves sitting atop the odds to win the 2020 Stanley Cup at sportsbooks.
It's back to Beantown for Game 5 on Thursday, with the Bruins at -155 and the Blues at +135.
Boston Bruins is at the home court advantage for Game 2 on Wednesday, and are -170 favorites with a total of 5.5 goals.
Both series Tuesday shift venues. Boston Bruins visits the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is a -120 favorite for Tuesday, but Boston remains the -125 favorite to win the series.
Game 7 on Tuesday features Vegas golden Knights at the San Jose Sharks in a winner-take-all from the Western Conference with both clubs at -110 odds.
Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Boston Bruins in Game 5, with the series tied 2-2 while out west, Calgary Flames find themselves down 3-1 to the No. 8 Colorado Avalanche.
The disparity between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference is pretty evident with six of the top eight teams from the West.
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Bruins had managed just one goal on the road, but potted four past Roberto Luongo last night en-route to a 4-0 victory and their first Stanley Cup since 1972.