Stanley Cup Odds: SoCal Teams Take Hit on Futures
April 18, 2016
The first games of the opening round of the playoffs have shaken up the Stanley Cup odds at online sportsbook Bodog. The favorite remains the same with Washington still on top at +300, but little else does since the puck dropped on the postseason.
One of the biggest movers up the odds list have been the Dallas Stars. Dallas started the playoffs fifth on the odds list at +800. After taking a 2-0 series lead on the Minnesota Wild and outscoring them 6-1, the Stars are now listed at +450.
The most notable drops on the odds list are the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks. Both entered the playoffs among the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup in June. After both teams fell behind 0-2 in their opening round series their odds fell fast. The Kings were at +700 a week ago and the Ducks were at +800, but both are now locked in at +1800.
While Anaheim and Los Angeles are both falling the teams that they’re facing are moving up the ranks. The Nashville Predators started the playoffs as a +2500 underdog at Bodog. With a 2-0 lead on Anaheim they’re now at +1200.
San Jose started out with better odds at +1600, but with a 2-0 lead on Los Angeles they’re now at +950. Sharks fans likely are not getting too comfortable yet though, considering the Sharks were up 3-0 on Los Angeles a few years ago and went on to lose the series.
The early results of the series between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks have also done some reorganizing of the odds list. The Blues are up 2-1 in the series and could be up 3-0 if not for the NHL’s new coach’s challenge rules. The Blues have climbed up to third on the odds list at +850 after starting out at +1000. Chicago was formerly at +750, but has been bumped down to +950.
The most interesting odds right now might belong to the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders. They’re meeting up in the first round so one of them is guaranteed to move on. The Islanders are in control right now leading 2-1, but they’re a +2000 underdog on the Stanley Cup futures. The Panthers are right below them at +2500.
Odds to win Stanley Cup at Bodog:
Washington Capitals +300
Dallas Stars +450
St. Louis Blues +850
Chicago Blackhawks +950
San Jose Sharks +950
Pittsburgh Penguins +950
Nashville Predators +1200
Tampa Bay Lightning +1600
New York Rangers +1600
Anaheim Ducks +1800
Los Angeles Kings +1800
New York Islanders +2000
Florida Panthers +2500
Detroit Red Wings +5000
Minnesota Wild +8000
Philadelphia Flyers +10000