Suspensions, injuries, surprise new player additions -- those and other things can swing a playoff series, and these NHL playoffs may be no exception.
Let’s take a look at how some recent developments might affect the Stanley Cup betting odds of several current NHL series.Hedman Absence Further Dooms Lightning
Probably the biggest story of these playoffs so far has been the collapse of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A 3-0 lead in the first period of Game 1 against the second wild-card Columbus Blue Jackets is now a 3-0 series deficit.
Hedman missed the final four games of the regular season, and didn’t play well in the first two games.
The Lightning - prohibitive favorites all seasonfor the Stanley Cup, a team that tied the all-time NHL record with 62 regular-season wins, are now +500 to win this series at SugarHouse and the Blue Jackets -770.