Kings on the Move on the Updated Stanley Cup Futures

There has been a notable change in the Stanley Cup futures at online sportsbook Bodog this week, as the Los Angeles Kings have moved up to second spot on the odds list ahead of the slumping Chicago Blackhawks.

Los Angeles was listed at +1000 just a week ago, but some big wins recently have propelled them up to +600. The Kings are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, but what makes that more impressive is that it includes wins over the Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals.

Speaking of the Capitals, they still have the best record in the NHL and are atop the futures at +500 at Bodog. That is down slightly from +450 last week. Washington became the first team to clinch a playoff spot earlier this week and with that confirmed they may start giving some of their stars, especially Braden Holtby, some extra rest. So bettors may want to keep an eye on Washington's lineups.

With the Capitals and Kings occupying the top two spots on the Cup futures that means the Blackhawks have dropped down to third at +700. Chicago’s recent slump has continued, as they’ve lost four in a row and seven of their last 10 games. That has also knocked them down to third in the Central Division.

If the Blackhawks' slump continues they could find themselves down another spot on the odds list next week, as the Anaheim Ducks are gaining on them at +750 at Bodog. The Ducks' momentum hit a rough patch last week with four losses in their last five games which may have kept them from already overtaking Chicago.

The teams to watch on the Stanley Cup futures right now are the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings.

The Flyers are up to +3300 after sitting at +5000 last week. The reason of course is that Philadelphia took over the final playoff spot in the East after winning eight of their last 10 games.

The Flyers' gain was the Red Wings' loss, as Detroit fell out of a playoff position and down to +4000 on the odds. The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last seven games and that includes a loss to Philadelphia.

Odds to win Stanley Cup at Bodog:

Washington Capitals +400
Los Angeles Kings +600
Chicago Blackhawks +700
Anaheim Ducks +750
Dallas Stars +1200
St. Louis Blues +1400
Tampa Bay Lightning +1400
San Jose Sharks +1400
Boston Bruins +1600
New York Rangers +1600
Florida Panthers +1800
Pittsburgh Penguins +2000
New York Islanders +2500
Nashville Predators +2500
Philadelphia Flyers +3300
Detroit Red Wings +4000
Minnesota Wild +4000
Colorado Avalanche +4000
Carolina Hurricanes +20,000
Ottawa Senators +20,000
New Jersey Devils +20,000