A plan is set to determine a 2020 Stanley Cup winner, and an unprecedented total of 24 teams will have a shot at the trophy due to the coronavirus pandemic. Twelve clubs from each conference will participate in the 2020 NHL Playoffs, with the top four in the East and West receiving byes, while the remaining eight will partake in a best-of-five qualifying round. Dates for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs have not been announced, but teams tentatively will be allowed to return to their home facilities in June and hold formal training camps no earlier than July 1.

The Boston Bruins are 11-2 favorites in the latest 2020 Stanley Cup odds from William Hill. The Vegas Golden Knights are listed at 6-1, while the Tampa Bay Lightning are 13-2 and the Blues and Washington Capitals are 8-1. Before making any 2020 Stanley Cup picks, be sure to check out the latest NHL predictions from SportsLine veteran handicapper Bill Marzano.

Marzano takes a data-driven approach to handicapping: Analyzing stats and trends, injuries and personnel. Marzano homes in on refs to get an edge and uses all the resources he's compiled over the years.

Marzano excels in every major sport and dominates the NHL. Over the past four years, he's returned a documented profit of $10,091 to $100 NHL players. Anyone who has followed his NHL picks is way up.

Now, Marzano has scoured the latest 2020 Stanley Cup odds and released his top NHL futures picks. You can head to SportsLine to see them

Top 2020 NHL predictions

Marzano is high on the New York Rangers, even though they are massive 40-1 long shots in the latest 2020 Stanley Cup odds. New York was two points back in the wild-card race when the regular season was paused but could create waves in the postseason. The Rangers will take on Carolina in the qualifying round after outscoring the Hurricanes 17-9 and winning all four regular-season meetings.

New York has a dangerous one-two punch on offense with Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. Panarin, who was signed to a seven-year, $81.5 million contract last July, finished tied for third in the NHL with a career-high 95 points in 69 games. The 28-year-old Russian also set a personal best with 32 tallies, marking the third time in his five-year career he reached the 30-goal plateau.

"They are a very experienced team that ranked fifth overall in the NHL in scoring," Marzano told SportsLine. "New York could play a huge role in the postseason with its potent offense."

How to make 2020 Stanley Cup picks

Marzano is eyeing an under-the-radar team that has struggled mightily in the postseason over the past decade. This massive long shot has improved since making key changes, Marzano says, and anyone who backs this underdog could hit it big. He's only sharing who it is here

Who is Marzano backing to win the Stanley Cup 2020? And which massive long shot can go all the way? Check out the 2020 Stanley Cup odds below, then visit SportsLine to see all of Bill Marzano's 2020 Stanley Cup best bets, all from the expert who has generated more than $10,000 in profit for his NHL followers over the last four years, and find out. 

2020 Stanley Cup odds (via William Hill)

Boston Bruins 11-2
Vegas Golden Knights 6-1
Tampa Bay Lightning 13-2
St. Louis Blues 8-1
Washington Capitals 8-1
Colorado Avalanche 17-2
Philadelphia Flyers 12-1
Dallas Stars 15-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 15-1
Edmonton Oilers 25-1
Nashville Predators 25-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 25-1
Arizona Coyotes 40-1
Calgary Flames 40-1
New York Rangers 40-1
Carolina Hurricanes 50-1
Vancouver Canucks 50-1
Winnipeg Jets 50-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 60-1
Florida Panthers 60-1
Minnesota Wild 60-1
New York Islanders 60-1
Chicago Blackhawks 100-1
Montreal Canadiens 100-1