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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? Want to bet? 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…

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The Lightning needs Steven Stamkos, other stars to shine

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For the Tampa Bay Lightning, it is time for a leader. The season is down to a best-of-three situation. The lights are bright. The air is thin. For the Lightning, it is time that the best players took over. It is that simple, really. If the Bolts are going to win the Stanley Cup, it will be up to one of their leading actors. This is not a job for a big player, not a job for a co-star. This…

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Should the Lightning-Blackhawks series be a close shave?

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Should Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning be a pretty boy? Should Victor Hedman be a little less scruffy. And for goodness sakes, can’t these guys just shave and be done with it? According to an NBC executive, it would be nice to see a little more face time during thes Stanley Cup Finals. NBC Sports Chairman Mark Larazus tells the Chicago Tribune he has lobbied the NHL to stop the tradition of players growing playoff beards, which he says…

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