NHL betting: Stamkos injury a big blow to Lightning odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning have confirmed that sniper Steven Stamkos has suffered a broken right leg (tibia) and is out indefinitely.

Stamkos suffered the injury after colliding awkwardly with his own goal post in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

The superstar's absence will have a noticeable impact on Tampa Bay's odds and futures and it could impact Canada's hopes for a Gold Medal at Sochi.

"If it's ruled he is out for long period of time, odds on Tampa Bay to win the Cup will go from 20/1 to 30/1 at least and from 8/1 to 12/1 to win East," states Mike Perry, an oddsmaker with Sportsbook.ag.

"He is Tampa Bay's best player, so their odds are going to take a hit for sure," Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker with CarbonSports.ag told Covers"As for Team Canada the talent pool is pretty deep, so the effect of his injury won't be felt nearly as much as it does with the Lightning."

In terms of value to the moneyline, Stamkos is near the top of the list of NHL stars.

"On average, I would say hes worth about 20 cents on a 20 cent progressive moneyline," says Aron Black of Bet365. "But that again depends who they play, so it could be more, could be less dependent on the team and if at home or on the road."

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