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Oddsmakers like the Lightning better than a month ago

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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.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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