Do you believe again?
Has the recent winning streak by the Tampa Bay Lightning convinced you it is once again a contender?
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The odds of the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup championship have improved dramatically over the last month. On Jan. 5, the Lightning was 28-1 against winning the Cup. In odds released by Bovada Tuesday, those chances are now only 14-1, which is fifth-best among NHL teams. The Washington Caps are favored to win the Cup at 4-1, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks at 5-1.
Montreal, which was 12-1 on Jan. 5, has backslid to 28-1 odds against.
The Lightning, under Jon Cooper, is the second-favorite in the Eastern Conference with 11-2 odds, trailing only the Caps at 7-4. The Lightning is also the No. 2 in the Atlantic Division at 2-1, just behind the Panthers at 3-2.