The most unique Stanley Cup playoffs in NHL history, thanks to the coronavirus, begin this weekend in the hub cities of Edmonton.
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.
Mike Babcock is now polishing his resume after the Toronto Maple Leafs fired him amid a six-game losing streak.
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.
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 Lightning, red-hot Boston Bruins (+900) and Toronto Maple Leafs (+1000) are in the same Atlantic Division trying to find a place for conference finals.
The longest Cup-winning drought in the league belongs to the Original Six Toronto Maple Leafs, who last won it in 1967 but are +510 favorites.
John Tavares has known to sign a seven-year, $77 million deal with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs - who became the clear NHL free-agent winners.