Hawks lead Western Conference odds
The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to parlay their Presidents' Trophy into a Stanley Cup this spring as they sit as the favorites to win the NHL's Western Conference at the sportsbooks heading into the postseason.
The Blackhawks are pegged as the +135 favorites at 5Dimes to be the West's representative in the Stanley Cup final this year after they ended up 11 points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks for top spot in the conference standings during the regular season.
The Vancouver Canucks are next at +440 on those Western Conference odds at 5Dimes, followed by the Ducks at +600, and the defending-champion Los Angeles Kings at +650. The Canucks are the No. 3 seed in the Western side of the playoff bracket, while the Kings are the No. 5 seed.
The No. 4 St. Louis Blues and the No. 6 San Jose Sharks are both listed at +850 at 5Dimes on those NHL futures, with the No. 7 Detroit Red Wings at +1200, and the No. 8 Minnesota Wild at +1300 to round out the odds list at the sportsbook.
Chicago will take on Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs in the Western Conference, with Anaheim vs. Detroit, Vancouver vs. San Jose, and St. Louis vs. Los Angeles as the other three matchups on the West side of the bracket.
NHL Western Conference First-Round Matchups:
1 Chicago vs. 8 Minnesota
2 Anaheim vs. 7 Detroit
3 Vancouver vs. 6 San Jose
4 St. Louis vs. 5 Los Angeles
Chicago went 2-1 vs. Minnesota this season (OVER/UNDER 1-2)
Anaheim went 1-2 vs. Detroit this season (OVER/UNDER 2-1)
Vancouver went 0-3 vs. San Jose this season (OVER/UNDER 0-1-2)
St. Louis went 0-3 vs. Los Angeles this season (OVER/UNDER 2-0-1)
Odds to Win NHL Western Conference at 5Dimes:
Chicago Blackhawks +135
Vancouver Canucks +440
Anaheim Ducks +600
Los Angeles Kings +650
San Jose Sharks +850
St Louis Blues +850
Detroit Red Wings +1200
Minnesota Wild +1300