Stanley Cup Odds: Penguins Sit as Betting Favorites
May 09, 2016
With seven teams left standing in the hunt for the Stanley Cup Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the new favorite to win it all on the NHL futures at online sportsbook Bodog.
After playing some of the best hockey in the league down the stretch, the Penguins began the playoffs among the Cup favorites. After pushing the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination, the Penguins are the overall favorite at +300.
Don’t start engraving Crosby and company’s name on the Stanley Cup just yet though. Pittsburgh still needs one win to knock off the Capitals and advance to the Eastern Conference final.
Following the Penguins on the Bodog odds list are the St. Louis Blues at +350. The Blues hold a 3-2 series lead over the Dallas Stars in their second-round series. One more win and the Blues would advance to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2001.
Also one win away from a place in the Western Conference final are the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are up 3-2 on the Nashville Predators and sit at +475 on the Bodog Stanley Cup odds. When the playoffs began the Sharks were a +1600 underdog to win their first Stanley Cup and they were also an underdog to get past the Los Angeles Kings in the first round.
The first team in the league to book their spot in the conference final still can’t get much respect from the oddsmakers. The Tampa Bay Lightning await the Penguins or the Capitals in the Eastern Conference final, but they’re still a +500 underdog to win the Cup. The Lightning began the postseason as a +2000 Stanley Cup underdog
If you think the Washington Capitals can still rebound to get past Pittsburgh you can get them at their most profitable odds of the postseason at +650. Before falling behind Pittsburgh in their series the Capitals were at least the co-favorites to win the Cup for their entire playoff run.
Like the Capitals the Dallas Stars have also quickly fallen down the ranks on the odds list. After being let down by their goaltending the Stars are one loss away from elimination. That has bumped them down to +750 at Bodog.
Odds to win Stanley Cup at Bodog:
Pittsburgh Penguins +300
St. Louis Blues +350
San Jose Sharks +475
Tampa Bay Lightning +500
Washington Capitals +650
Dallas Stars +750
Nashville Predators +2000