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Free agent frenzy is winding down and teams are starting to shape up. With some big trades and key signings forcing the futures lines to move, sportsbooks have updated their 2016-17 Stanley Cup odds.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are still favorites on Bovada but have moved from +800 to +900 to hoist their fifth franchise Cup. They will, for the most part, retain the core of their team that led them to their finals win.  

After the dust from the free agent shake-up settled, we have seen some teams significantly change their odds – for the good, and for the bad. The biggest movers were the Tampa Bay Lightning (+1400 to +1000) after resigning Steven Stamkos, the Nashville Predators (+1800 to +1400) after trading for P.K. Subban, the Montreal Canadiens (+2500 to +3300) after trading away P.K., the Toronto Maple Leafs (+6600 to +5000) after a slew of offseason moves and the Vancouver Canucks who now have the longest odds at +7500 to win after whatever the hell Jim Benning did.

Another line that was adjusted was the Florida Panthers’, who moved from +2500 to +2000. 25/1 would have been a great value to grab the Cats after their promising 2015-16 season that saw them top the Atlantic Division but they are now pegged at a much more appropriate number.

Even though their line moved to +1400, there is still plenty of value in the Nashville Predators. General Manager David Poile has done a masterful job trading assets for legit players, the latest being the acquisition of Subban for Shea Weber. They have a group of dynamic forwards, two of the best all-around defensemen in the league in P.K. and Roman Josi and a goalie in Pekka Rinne that at times in his career has been unbeatable. This is a good team that will be one of the most fun to watch next year.

If you’re looking for a long shot, you may be out of luck. Any team past +2500 will be in tough to even make the playoffs but you never know. Teams like the Edmonton Oilers (+3300), Ottawa Senators (+5000) and Colorado Avalanche (+5000) will all be better this year and should challenge to get into the playoffs. I don’t recommend putting money on them, though, I cannot stress that enough.

There are still offseason moves to be made and World Cup injuries to be had, so be sure to check back for odds updates throughout the summer.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

2017 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins+900
Chicago Blackhawks+950
Washington Capitals+1000
Tampa Bay Lightning+1000
Dallas Stars+1200
St. Louis Blues+1400
San Jose Sharks+1400
Nashville Predators+1400
Los Angeles Kings+1600
Anaheim Ducks+1600
Florida Panthers+2000
Minnesota Wild+2200
New York Rangers+2200
Detroit Red Wings+2500
New York Islanders+2500
Boston Bruins+2500
Montreal Canadiens+3300
Philadelphia Flyers+3300
Edmonton Oilers+3300
New Jersey Devils+4000
Colorado Avalanche+5000
Ottawa Senators+5000
Calgary Flames+5000
Winnipeg Jets+5000
Toronto Maple Leafs+5000
Buffalo Sabres+5000
Arizona Coyotes+6600
Carolina Hurricanes+6600
Columbus Blue Jackets+6600
Vancouver Canucks+7500

Odds as of July 6 at Bovada

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Moments after Sidney Crosby hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head after clinching the fourth Stanley Cup win in Penguins’ history, oddsmakers began putting the finishing touches on the odds for 2017’s Stanley Cup winner, and it’s Pittsburgh at the top of the list.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Pens tabbed at +800, slightly ahead of the Blackhawks and Capitals who are tied at +1000. Pittsburgh has a lot going for them heading into next season. They have no major free agents, and the majority of the team is still under 30 years old.

Bettors be warned though, as teams don’t win back-to-back Stanley Cups very often. It’s only happened twice since 1990, with the Detroit Red Wings being the last team to accomplish the feat in the late '90s. The Penguins are the other team to do it since 1990, when Mario Lemieux led them to back-to-back Cup wins in 1991 and 1992.

A few teams that pop out as good early value bets are the Dallas Stars at +1600 and Florida Panthers at +2500. The Stars finished the season with the best record in the Western Conference, but exited the playoffs in the second round at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. The Stars likely would have been more competitive if it wasn’t for an injury to Tyler Seguin who was only able to play in one playoff game.

As for the Panthers, they’re a young team on the rise — well, except for Jaromir Jagr. They’re coming off an Atlantic Division crown but are somehow tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the worst odds among teams who made the playoffs in 2016. Expect to see this price move, so if you like the Panthers, the time is now to make your move.

With the draft and free agency still ahead of us, expect to see lots of movement in these odds before the puck drops on the 2016-17 season.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

2017 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins+800
Chicago Blackhawks+1000
Washington Capitals+1000
St. Louis Blues+1200
Los Angeles Kings+1400
San Jose Sharks+1400
Tampa Bay Lightning+1400
Anaheim Ducks+1600
Dallas Stars+1600
Detroit Red Wings+1800
Minnesota Wild+1800
Nashville Predators+1800
New York Rangers+1800
Montreal Canadiens+2000
New York Islanders+2000
Boston Bruins+2500
Florida Panthers+2500
Philadelphia Flyers+2500
Colorado Avalanche+3300
Calgary Flames+4000
Edmonton Oilers+4000
Ottawa Senators+4000
Arizona Coyotes+5000
Carolina Hurricanes+5000
Columbus Blue Jackets+5000
New Jersey Devils+5000
Vancouver Canucks+5000
Winnipeg Jets+5000
Buffalo Sabres+6600
Toronto Maple Leafs+6600

Odds as of June 13 at Bovada

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No beating around the bush here — The last time a team came back from being down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final was in 1942 when the Maple Leafs came back to beat the Red Wings. Since then, teams who are up 3-1 in the series have won the Cup 30 straight times! Seventeen of those times saw the team finish the series in five games.

Thursday night the Penguins will look to hoist the Cup at home, and after their Game 4 win in San Jose, they’re massive -1400 favorites to be this year’s Stanley Cup champs, with the Sharks coming back at +700.

A big reason why Pittsburgh is getting the better of San Jose is rather simple — they’re dramatically outshooting them 133 – 98 in the series.

The Sharks will now have to do the almost impossible and win three straight over the Pens, which includes two games in the Steel City. The last time Pittsburgh lost three straight was in mid-December at the very start of Mike Sullivan’s tenure as head coach. Even more troubling for the Sharks — Pittsburgh is 8-2 in its last 10 home games.

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins-1400
San Jose Sharks+700

Odds as of June 7 at Bovada

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The San Jose Sharks will attempt to do what only five teams in the history of the NHL have done and come back from a 0-2 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final.

Even with the series shifting to San Jose for the next two games, their backs are against the wall, and their odds to win the Cup reflect that as they can now be had at +350, with Pittsburgh coming back at -500.

In case you’re wondering, here’s the list of teams who crawled back to win the Cup after dropping the first two games:

teams who came back from 0-2 in Stanley cup final
YearTeams
2011Canucks lost to Bruins in 7 after going up 2-0
2009Red Wings lost to Penguins in 7 after going up 2-0
1971Blackhawks lost to Canadiens in 7 after going up 2-0
1966Red Wings lost to Canadiens in 6 after going up 2-0
1942Red Wings lost to Maple Leafs in 7 after going up 2-0

The Penguins have continued their fast and furious offensive approach in the first two games, outshooting the Sharks 71-48 while only racking up eight penalty minutes.

If you don’t trust the Penguins to finish the job, you should probably think again, as it’s only happened twice in franchise history that they’ve blown a 2-0 series lead. It first happened in 1975 in a second round series against the Islanders where they actually blew a 3-0 lead. It happened again in 2000 in the second round against the Flyers where they went on to lose in six games.

The teams will hit the ice again for Game 3 on Saturday night.

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2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins-500
San Jose Sharks+350

Odds as of June 2 at Bovada

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It has certainly been a long, grueling process for both teams but we finally have our 2016 Stanley Cup matchup. The Pittsburgh Penguins will square off with the San Jose Sharks as the latter makes their first Cup appearance while the former bids for their fourth cup in franchise history.

With the matchup set, online shop Bovada has introduced series prices and it is the Pens who get the nod as faves at -120 while the Sharks come in at Even odds.

While the two do not meet often, the Sharks have had a slight edge over the years. The clubs split two meetings this season, but San Jose has gone 6-3 straight up in nine regular season meetings dating back to the 2009-10 season.

As for those contests this season, the Pens skated to a 5-1 win at San Jose, while the Sharks, as they did all season long, won on the road with a 3-1 triumph in Pittsburgh.

The Sharks have been paced by the fantastic trio of Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns who are one, two and three in playoff scoring with 24, 22 and 20 points respectively. Pavelski sits alone at the top of the goal-scoring list with 13 entering the final.

The Sharks silenced the St. Louis Blues in six games in the Western Conference final while the Pens and Lightning played a full seven games before Pittsburgh wrapped things up with a 2-1 win Thursday night.

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2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins-120
San Jose SharksEVEN

Odds as of May 27 at Bovada

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The Western and Eastern Conference finals are each even at one game apiece with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning squaring off in Game 3 Wednesday while the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks continue their battle Thursday.

Speaking of the Sharks, they made a big jump up the odds board after posting a 4-0 win in Game 2 Tuesday night in St. Louis, moving to +325 at online book Bovada after pulling even and heading to California for the next two games.

The Sharks have been at their best on home ice during their Stanley Cup quest as they’ve gone 5-1 straight up in six contests at the SAP Center. That bodes well for the team and its backers if you believe in trends because there is plenty of value still on the board.

Also making a slight move up in price was Tampa Bay, which is now +425 after playing well in both games versus the Pens and heading home to Florida high on confidence considering how well Andrei Vasilevskiy has played between the pipes with Ben Bishop still sidelined.

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2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins+175
St. Louis Blues+225
San Jose Sharks+325
Tampa Bay Lightning+425

Odds as of May 18 at Bovada

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We are down to the final four teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning battle it out in the Eastern Conference final while the San Jose Sharks tangle with the St. Louis Blues over in the Western Conference.

The Pens were able to dispatch of the best team in the regular season - the Washington Capitals - in six games in the previous round and enter their matchup with the Bolts as +165 Stanley Cup favorites at online shop BetOnline.

The Blues are the top team out west as they come in at +200 to win their first Cup in franchise history. Both series in the West went the full seven games as the Blues trumped the Dallas Stars and the Sharks eliminated the Nashville Predators.

The Eastern finals gets underway Friday, May 13 while Game 1 of the Western final goes Sunday evening in St. Louis.

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2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Pittsburgh Penguins+165
St. Louis Blues+200
San Jose Sharks+400
Tampa Bay Lightning+475

Odds as of May 13 at BetOnline

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As the Stanley Cup Playoffs march on, a new favorite has emerged to win it all at sportsbooks.

The St. Louis Blues have jumped into the top spot as +325 faves at Bovada, eclipsing the Washington Capitals in the process. St. Louis has been labeled as postseason chokers for quite some time now, but they hold a 2-1 series lead in their Western Conference semifinals matchup with the Dallas Stars as of May 4.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (+333), San Jose Sharks (+450) and the Capitals (+450) have the next likeliest chances of hoisting Lord Stanley's holy grail.

Each series was sitting at 2-1 at the time of writing, but as we've come to expect in the NHL playoffs, anything can happen. It's going to be very interesting to see how it plays out.

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2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
St. Louis Blues+325
Pittsburgh Penguins+333
San Jose Sharks+450
Washington Capitals+450
Dallas Stars+650
Tampa Bay Lightning+800
New York Islanders+1600
Nasvhille Predators+1800

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

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The second round of the NHL playoff bracket is officially set with Nashville’s upset win over the Ducks, and the two most high profile teams are tied atop the odds board.

Set to faceoff in the second round with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on the line, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are both at +375 at online sportsbook Bovada to be this year’s Stanley Cup winner.

Fresh off a thrilling Game 7 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blue have the best odds among Western Conference clubs at +475, followed closely by their second round opponent, the Dallas Stars, at +500.

The Stars went 14-7 against the other remaining playoff teams this season, which is the best record of the eight teams left standing. The worst record against remaining playoff teams belongs to the Nashville Predators, who went 6-15, including going 4-9 vs the remaining Western Conference teams. The Tampa Bay Lightning also stick out as being especially bad in this spot, as they went 6-12 against the other seven teams this season.

For curiosity sake, the Capitals went 11-9 vs the remaining teams (8-4 vs East), and the Pens were 10-10 (6-6 vs East).

Here’s the latest odds:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+375
Pittsburgh Penguins+375
St. Louis Blues+475
Dallas Stars+500
San Jose Sharks+625
New York Islanders+850
Nasvhille Predators+850
Tampa Bay Lightning+1200

Odds as of April 28 at Bovada

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In the NHL, it’s just a matter of getting into the playoffs. Number one team overall or squeaking into the postseason thanks to a wild card, it makes no difference; any team has a shot at winning the Cup.

That is precisely why you should start paying attention to the Pittsburgh Penguins if you haven’t been.

The Pens breezed through the New York Rangers in five games, making the Blueshirts look completely overmatched despite finishing just three points above them in the Metropolitan Division.

Impressively, the Pens dispatched the Rangers without the services of netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, who continues to recover from a concussion. In his stead, the Penguins turned to Jeff Zatkoff in the opening two games before giving the crease to Matt Murray, who was excellent in the next three games.

Murray has stopped 85 of the 89 shots he’s faced for a 1.33 goals against average and .955 save percentage, including one shutout (Game 4).

The Penguins were 3-2 straight up in five regular season meetings with the Caps this season. They managed to take two of three in D.C. and went 1-1 in two games on home ice.

As far as playoff series history goes, the Pens have won seven of eight all-time series with the Caps.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+375
Pittsburgh Penguins+375
St. Louis Blues+475
Dallas Stars+500
San Jose Sharks+625
Anaheim Ducks+900
Tampa Bay Lightning+1000
New York Islanders+1400
Nasvhille Predators+2000

Odds as of April 26 at Bovada

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With some series on the brink of completion and some looking like seven-game battles, Stanley Cup futures are on the move and the St. Louis Blues, who took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks with a win in the Windy City Tuesday, have surged up the futures board.

We picked the Blues (see below) as a good value play to win the Cup at +1000 before the playoffs started and their 4-3 win in Game 4 Tuesday has resulted in an adjustment to +500 to win the Cup at online book Bovada.

Vladimir Tarasenko, who burst onto the scene in last season’s opening round with six goals in six games, has picked up his excellent postseason play right where he left off in 2015 with five points through the first four games this time around.

Also moving up the board are the Pittsburgh Penguins who defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 Tuesday night to take a 2-1 series lead. The Pens are doing this without the services of No. 1-netminder Marc-Andre Fluery, who remains sidelined with a concussion.

The Washington Capitals, who won the Presidents' Trophy in the regular season, remain the favorite atop the board at +325 as they are on the verge of sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers after a 6-1 drubbing in Game 3 Monday.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+325
St. Louis Blues+500
Dallas Stars+650
Pittsburgh Penguins+650
San Jose Sharks+1000
Los Angeles Kings+1200
New York Islanders+1400
Tampa Bay Lightning+1400
Anaheim Ducks+1400
Nashville Predators+1600
Chicago Blackhawks+1800
New York Rangers+2500
Florida Panthers+2500
Minnesota Wild+5000
Detroit Red Wings+15000
Philadelphia Flyers+20000

Odds as of April 20 at Bovada

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The 82-game regular season was a long, unforgiving grind for each and every NHL team but now the real season begins.

The quest for the Stanley Cup starts Wednesday and the futures board has undergone an update ahead of the puck dropping on the best hockey the sport has to offer. If you’ve been paying attention, it’s no surprise to see the Washington Capitals on top of the board at online shop Bovada, however, it’s not uncommon to see a lower-seeded team rise up in the playoffs and peak at the right time.

Here’s a look at three teams of varying prices to keep an eye on as 16 clubs battle it out in the quest for Lord Stanley’s mug.

The Favorite – Washington Capitals (+400)

The Caps essentially coasted through the bulk of the regular season and finished with the most wins (56), most points (120) and best goal differential (+59) in the league. Netminder Braden Holtby equaled Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a regular season (48) and Alex Ovechkin finished the regular season as the NHL’s top goalscorer with 50 tallies.

All of that said, the Caps finished the season in lukewarm fashion going 3-6 SU in their final nine games and 1-4 SU in their last five.

If that’s not enough to make you think twice about backing the Capitals in their quest for the Cup, the last time they won the President’s Trophy (2009-10) they were ousted by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.

Washington is a damn good hockey team, but something about this team has me walking on egg shells heading into the postseason.

The Value Pick – St. Louis Blues (+1000)

The Central Division is easily the most competitive division in the NHL and could be regarded as one of the best divisions in sports. Five teams from the Central have punched their ticket to the playoffs and one of those to keep an eye on is the St. Louis Blues.

Not as accomplished as the Chicago Blackhawks (+750) and not as high-octane as the Dallas Stars (+800), the Blues are a well-rounded team that finished second in the Western Conference with 107 points and get matched up with the Blackhawks in the opening round.

This is not foreign territory for the Blues. They are playoff regulars but haven’t won a first-round series since 2012 and lost to the Blackhawks in the opening round back in 2014.

Despite the playoff futility, this is a team with depth all over the ice and features one of the better forwards around in Vladimir Tarasenko. Certainly a tough out for anyone still standing.

The Long Shot – Philadelphia Flyers (+3300)

Remember back in October and November when the Flyers were playing horrible hockey and were struggling to win games? Yeah, that’s now a distant memory. This team is legit.

The Flyers have been a different beast since the calendar flipped to 2016 and have closed the season in fine form as they clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday.

Steady goaltending from Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, great forward play from the likes of Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds and a fantastic rookie season from Shayne Gostisbehere has been integral to the Flyers’ rise from Eastern Conference doormat to playoff team in an 82-game span.

They’ve been one of the best teams in the league in the second half and I’m sure the Capitals are not looking forward to facing them in the opening round.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+400
Los Angeles Kings+700
Chicago Blackhawks+750
Anaheim Ducks+800
Dallas Stars+800
Pittsburgh Penguins+900
St. Louis Blues+1000
San Jose Sharks+1600
New York Rangers+1600
Tampa Bay Lightning+2000
Florida Panthers+2000
New York Islanders+2500
Nashville Predators+2500
Minnesota Wild+2800
Philadelphia Flyers+3300
Detroit Red Wings+3300

Odds as of April 11 at Bovada

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Momentum is a big factor when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and perhaps no team is playing better hockey and has more momentum than the St. Louis Blues. The Blues recorded their fifth-straight win with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night and futures odds are looking very good at the moment.

The Blues have gone from +1400 to +1000 in Stanley Cup futures at online shop Bovada in the past week and that is due in large part to some incredible goaltending.

Heading into the meeting with the Avs Tuesday night, the duo of Brian Elliott and Jake Allen had gone 240 minutes and 18 seconds without allowing a goal; a shutout streak of four games. Mikhail Grigorenko snapped that streak with a goal in the first period Tuesday, but it’s a sign that the Blues are going to be a tough out come playoff time.

Goaltending is key to a team challenging for the Stanley Cup and no duo is playing better than Elliott/Allen. The caveat to this is that the Blues have been here before and have zero to show for it.

The Blues won the Central Division last season and were eliminated in the first round by the Minnesota Wild. That first-round defeat was the third consecutive early exit in the Blues' past three postseason appearances and is certainly a trend they'd like to see snapped.

The Blues have climbed the futures board steadily in recent weeks and show no signs of slowing down. They’ve clinched a playoff spot and will play out the rest of the regular season battling the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks for control of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

If you’re Blues backer, get them now while the value still exists.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+400
Los Angeles Kings+700
Chicago Blackhawks+750
Anaheim Ducks+800
Dallas Stars+900
St. Louis Blues+1000
Pittsburgh Penguins+1200
San Jose Sharks+1400
New York Rangers+1600
Tampa Bay Lightning+1800
Florida Panthers+2000
Nashville Predators+2200
New York Islanders+2800
Minnesota Wild+2800
Boston Bruins+4000
Philadelphia Flyers+4000
Detroit Red Wings+4000
Colorado Avalanche+10000

Odds as of March 30 at Bovada

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For a good portion of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins were a team on the outside looking in when it came to the NHL postseason picture. December in particular was a cruel month for the team as they lost nine of their 14 games before flipping the calendar to 2016. All of a sudden, the Pens have rattled off a six-game win streak (entering Thursday’s meeting with the New Jersey Devils) and are now just two points back of the second-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division and have one game in hand.

That surge up the Metro standings also has their Stanley Cup futures odds on the move as they’ve gone from +2000 one week ago to now +1800 at Bovada.

Netminder Marc Andre Fleury has put together a great month, winning six of his eight starts and has allowed just 16 goals in over 480 minutes of ice time. He has allowed two-or-fewer goals in six of those games and owns a personal five-game winning streak.

The centerpiece of the Pens' current run was their most impressive win of the season. The Pens crushed the best team in the league, the Washington Capitals, by a score of 6-2. Captain Sidney Crosby tallied a pair of assists to keep up his frenetic scoring pace. The Nova Scotia native has recorded 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) during a current 12-game scoring streak.

Loaded with talent from top to bottom, not mention a roster that features Stanley Cup winners as well as players with plenty of playoff experience, the Penguins are looking more and more like a team that nobody will want to face come playoff time.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+400
Los Angeles Kings+650
Chicago Blackhawks+700
Anaheim Ducks+750
Dallas Stars+1000
San Jose Sharks+1200
St. Louis Blues+1400
New York Rangers+1400
Tampa Bay Lightning+1800
Boston Bruins+1800
Pittsburgh Penguins+1800
Florida Panthers+1800
Nashville Predators+2500
New York Islanders+2800
Philadelphia Flyers+4000
Detroit Red Wings+4000
Minnesota Wild+4000
Colorado Avalanche+4000
Carolina Hurricanes+20000
New Jersey Devils+20000
Ottawa Senators+25000

Odds as of March 23 at Bovada

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Somehow, some way, the Philadelphia Flyers have clawed and scratched their way into the playoff picture. A 3-2 victory over the floundering Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night puts the Flyers into the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Thanks to an 8-2 SU record in their last 10 games, the Flyers have gone from +5000 to now +3300 to win the Stanley Cup at online shop Bovada.

If the playoffs started today, not only would you be saying, “hey, why are the playoffs starting today?”, but the Flyers would be matched up with the Washington Capitals in the first round. Just a few weeks ago, this did not look plausible at all.

Many left Philly for dead earlier on this season and deservedly so. The Flyers have posted losing streaks of three-or-more games five times this season and have one losing streak of six games.

The Capitals are still at the top of the league and the futures board and come in at +400.

Another big move is the Anaheim Ducks, who have gone from +1100 to now +750 in the span of a couple of weeks.

There are roughly a dozen games, give or take, left for each team to heat up entering the postseason. The Flyers are already sizzling at the right time and could be worth a look if they keep up this pace.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
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+20000
Ottawa Senators+20000
New Jersey Devils+20000

Odds as of March 17 at Bovada

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No team in the NHL is hotter than the Anaheim Ducks and their steady climb up the Stanley Cup futures board is all the proof you need that the Ducks are a real threat to the rest of the league.

Just five weeks ago, the Ducks came in at +2500 in Stanley Cup odds at online shop Bovada, but fast forward to today’s post-trade deadline board and the Ducks come in at +1100.

The Ducks have won eight-straight games (as of Tuesday, March 1) and get the lowly Montreal Canadiens in their next game Wednesday. Furthermore, they have gone 12-2 SU in 14 games since the All-Star break. A spectacular run for a team that was struggling to collect points at the beginning of the season.

The trade deadline was an unspectacular one overall, but the Ducks did add some depth to the roster by acquiring Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers and Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres. Among other minor deals, it was an impressive haul to add some players that can contribute immediately to an already-excellent lineup that is making a serious push up the Western Conference standings.

With around 25 percent of the season remaining before we jump into the postseason, the Ducks warrant a serious look in Cup futures as they have begun hitting their stride at both ends of the ice

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+450
Chicago Blackhawks+500
Dallas Stars+1000
Los Angeles Kings+1100
Anaheim Ducks+1100
Tampa Bay Lightning+1200
St. Louis Blues+1400
San Jose Sharks+1400
New York Rangers+1400
Florida Panthers+1600
New York Islanders+2000
Nashville Predators+2000
Pittsburgh Penguins+2000
Detroit Red Wings+2500
Boston Bruins+2500
Minnesota Wild+4000
Colorado Avalanche+4000
Philadelphia Flyers+5000
Montreal Canadiens+6600
Ottawa Senators+6600
New Jersey Devils+6600
Arizona Coyotes+20000
Vancouver Canucks+20000
Calgary Flames+50000
Winnipeg Jets+50000

Odds as of March 1 at Bovada

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The Los Angeles Kings have been wildly inconsistent since calendars flipped to 2016 and with their lead in the Pacific Division shrinking, their Stanley Cup odds have been on the move.

The Kings have seen a slight adjustment, going from +750 to now +900 in Stanley Cup futures at online shop Bovada making that the most notable adjustment on the board over the past week.

Heading into Thursday’s meeting with the St. Louis Blues, the Kings have lost back-to-back games and are just 3-4 SU in seven February contests. Their lead in the Pacific has dwindled to just three points ahead of the rapidly-charging Anaheim Ducks (+1200), who have won three-straight and have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 (as of Wednesday).

At +400 and miles ahead of the rest of the league with 86 points, the Washington Capitals remain atop the futures board and have been adjusted from +425 since our last update. The Dallas Stars, the Capitals’ closest competitor in the points column (80), have moved from +1200 to +1000.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+400
Chicago Blackhawks+500
Los Angeles Kings+900
Dallas Stars+1000
Anaheim Ducks+1200
Florida Panthers+1400
St. Louis Blues+1400
Tampa Bay Lightning+1800
Pittsburgh Penguins+1800
New York Rangers+1800
Detroit Red Wings+1800
Boston Bruins+2500
New York Islanders+2500
San Jose Sharks+2500
Minnesota Wild+3300
Montreal Canadiens+3300
Nashville Predators+4000
Colorado Avalanche+5000
New Jersey Devils+5000
Philadelphia Flyers+6600
Arizona Coyotes+6600
Vancouver Canucks+6600
Ottawa Senators+7500
Carolina Hurricanes+7500
Calgary Flames+10000
Edmonton Oilers+15000
Winnipeg Jets+15000
Columbus Blue Jackets+50000
Buffalo Sabres+50000
Toronto Maple Leafs+100000

Odds as of February 17 at Bovada

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Heading into Monday’s NHL schedule, the Chicago Blackhawks have won three-straight games and seven of their last 10 and are steadily closing the gap at the top of the Stanley Cup Futures Board; a spot the Washington Capitals have basically owned since the early days of the season.

The Blackhawks have gone from +550 to now +500 while the Caps have gone from +400 favorites to +425 at the top of the futures board at online shop Bovada.

The Florida Panthers are a big mover up the board this week going from +1600 to +1200. A 12-game winning streak earlier this season is a big reason for their success, but they've performed admirably for the most part and own the league's second best goal differential at +32.

Going the other way, sinking like a stone in futures markets as well as the Western Conference standings, are the Minnesota Wild, who were +2200 a couple of weeks ago but are now +3300 thanks to a five-game losing streak and just three wins in their last 16 games overall.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+425
Chicago Blackhawks+500
Los Angeles Kings+750
Dallas Stars+1200
Tampa Bay Lightning+1200
Florida Panthers+1200
Anaheim Ducks+1200
St. Louis Blues+1600
New York Rangers+1800
Pittsburgh Penguins+2000
Detroit Red Wings+2200
Boston Bruins+2500
New York Islanders+2500
San Jose Sharks+2800
Minnesota Wild+3300
Montreal Canadiens+3300
Nashville Predators+3300
Colorado Avalanche+5000
Edmonton Oilers+5000
Philadelphia Flyers+5000
Arizona Coyotes+6600
Vancouver Canucks+6600
New Jersey Devils+6600
Ottawa Senators+7500
Calgary Flames+10000
Carolina Hurricanes+10000
Winnipeg Jets+15000
Toronto Maple Leafs+30000
Columbus Blue Jackets+50000
Buffalo Sabres+50000

Odds as of February 8 at Bovada

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Perched atop the NHL standings with 74 points heading into the All-Star break, the Washington Capitals are also sitting on top of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup futures board.

The Caps have essentially been hockey’s best team since the puck dropped on the NHL season back in October, winning eight of their opening 10 games this campaign and currently own the top spot in the Metropolitan Division by a whopping 15 points over the New York Rangers. That dominant play has the Caps tabbed at +400 on the Stanley Cup futures board at online book Bovada.

The Chicago Blackhawks began the season rather mediocre by their lofty standards, but have been hockey’s hottest team since calendars turned to January. The Hawks used a 12-game winning streak from December 29 through January 19 to propel them up the Western Conference standings and up the futures board. Heading into the All-Star break, the Hawks sit at +550 to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Here is a look at what Bovada has on their Stanley Cup futures board:

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+400
Chicago Blackhawks+550
Los Angeles Kings+750
Dallas Stars+1100
Tampa Bay Lightning+1400
St. Louis Blues+1600
Florida Panthers+1600
New York Rangers+1600
Anaheim Ducks+1600
Detroit Red Wings+2000
Minnesota Wild+2200
New York Islanders+2200
Boston Bruins+2500
San Jose Sharks+2500
Pittsburgh Penguins+2500
Montreal Canadiens+2800
Nashville Predators+3300
Arizona Coyotes+4000
Colorado Avalanche+5000
Vancouver Canucks+6600
New Jersey Devils+6600
Calgary Flames+7500
Ottawa Senators+7500
Philadelphia Flyers+10000
Carolina Hurricanes+10000
Winnipeg Jets+15000
Edmonton Oilers+20000
Toronto Maple Leafs+30000
Columbus Blue Jackets+30000
Buffalo Sabres+50000

Odds as of January 28 at Bovada

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While the Washington Capitals are still the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, moving from +550 to +500 in the past week, the biggest movers and shakers are the Florida Panthers.

Thanks to an incredible 12-game winning streak that ended Monday night at the Vancouver Canucks, the Panthers have shot up the board at online shop Bovada. The Panthers were +4000 to hoist Lord Stanley’s mug just one week ago, but have moved all the way to +900.

The Panthers still managed to snag a point Monday night as the loss in Vancouver came courtesy a Daniel Sedin winner in overtime. The last time the Panthers failed to record a point was Saturday, December 12 in a 3-1 loss at the Boston Bruins.

Speaking of those Bruins, they’ve tumbled the other way thanks to just a pair of wins in their last nine games. The B’s were +1800 on Monday, January 4 and are now being offered at +3300.

In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings make a slight move from +800 to +700 to rank as the top team from the West on the futures board. The Kings have supplanted the Dallas Stars who have moved from +600 to now +750.

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Washington Capitals+500
Los Angeles Kings+700
Chicago Blackhawks+750
Dallas Stars+750
Florida Panthers+900
Montreal Canadiens+1400
Anaheim Ducks+1600
New York Rangers+1600
St. Louis Blues+1600
Minnesota Wild+1800
Detroit Red Wings+2200
New York Islanders+2500
Boston Bruins+3300
Tampa Bay Lightning+3300
Pittsburgh Penguins+3300
Nashville Predators+3300
San Jose Sharks+4000
Arizona Coyotes+4000
Ottawa Senators+5000
Vancouver Canucks+5000
Calgary Flames+5000
Colorado Avalanche+6600
New Jersey Devils+6600
Edmonton Oilers+7500
Winnipeg Jets+7500
Philadelphia Flyers+10000
Toronto Maple Leafs+10000
Buffalo Sabres+20000
Columbus Blue Jackets+20000
Carolina Hurricanes+20000

Odds as of January 12 at Bovada

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The Dallas Stars are still the class of the Western Conference, but a new face has emerged in the East. The Washington Capitals’ red-hot play coupled with the injuries sustained by the Montreal Canadiens has thrust the Caps into the co-fave position to win the Stanley Cup this season. Both the Stars and Capitals are listed at +700 to hoist Lord Stanley at the end of the season according to Bovada.

Close behind the co-faves are a couple of western powerhouses in the Los Angeles Kings (+800) and the Chicago Blackhawks (+900). Both of these teams would be scary to face in the playoffs with their postseason experience, but both have struggled on the road this season.

The Carolina Hurricanes remain the longshot to win it all at +25,000 despite three teams having fewer points. The ‘Canes are 21st in goals scored and 27th in goals against this season.

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Dallas Stars+700
Washington Capitals+700
Los Angeles Kings+800
Chicago Blackhawks+900
New York Rangers+1200
Montreal Canadiens+1200
Anaheim Ducks+1600
Minnesota Wild+1600
St. Louis Blues+1600
Tampa Bay Lightning+1800
Detroit Red Wings+1800
Pittsburgh Penguins+2200
New York Islanders+2500
Nashville Predators+2500
Boston Bruins+3300
Ottawa Senators+3300
San Jose Sharks+3300
Vancouver Canucks+3300
Calgary Flames+4000
Edmonton Oilers+4000
Winnipeg Jets+5000
Florida Panthers+5000
Arizona Coyotes+5000
Philadelphia Flyers+7500
New Jersey Devils+7500
Colorado Avalanche+7500
Columbus Blue Jackets+15000
Toronto Maple Leafs+15000
Buffalo Sabres+15000
Carolina Hurricanes+25000

Odds as of December 16 at Bovada

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With the Dallas Stars running away with the Western Conference through the first quarter of the NHL season, they have established themselves as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Bovada has tabbed the Stars as a +700 fave to hoist Lord Stanley with the next closest team in the West (Chicago Blackhawks) listed at +1000.

The Eastern Conference boasts three of the top four teams behind the Stars, with the Montreal Canadiens (+750), New York Rangers (+900) and Washington Capitals (+900) all nipping on Dallas’ heels.

Scraping the bottom of the odds barrel is the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes who both sit at +20,000. The ‘Canes and Sabres have been completely unable to score this season with both teams barely averaging more than two goals per game.

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Dallas Stars+700
Montreal Canadiens+750
New York Rangers+900
Washington Capitals+900
Chicago Blackhawks+1000
Los Angeles Kings+1200
Anaheim Ducks+1400
St. Louis Blues+1400
Tampa Bay Lightning+1400
San Jose Sharks+1600
Pittsburgh Penguins+1600
Minnesota Wild+2000
Nashville Predators+2200
New York Islanders+2500
Detroit Red Wings+3300
Ottawa Senators+3300
Boston Bruins+3300
Columbus Blue Jackets+4000
Winnipeg Jets+5000
Vancouver Canucks+5000
Arizona Coyotes+5000
Florida Panthers+6600
Calgary Flames+6600
New Jersey Devils+7500
Philadelphia Flyers+10,000
Colorado Avalanche+15,000
Edmonton Oilers+15,000
Toronto Maple Leafs+15,000
Buffalo Sabres+20,000
Carolina Hurricanes+20,000

Odds as of November 26 at Bovada

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As hard as it is to believe, the Montreal Canadiens are off to one of the best starts in their illustrious existence this season. The Habs amazing start to the season, which began with a nine-game winning streak, has the team listed as a +750 co-favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season according to Bovada.

The one team that has been able to keep up with the Eastern-leading Canadiens has been the Western-leading Dallas Stars. The Stars are off to their best start in franchise history as they have recorded 24 points in their first 15 games, which eclipsed the previous record set in the 1980-81 season.

Scrapping the bottom of the barrel are the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs at +20,000. The Leafs are tied for the fewest points in the NHL with the Avs just one point ahead of them through their first 14 games of the season. 

Here’s a look at the full list of Stanley Cup odds for each of the NHL’s 30 teams.

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Montreal Canadiens+750
Dallas Stars+750
New York Rangers+900
Washington Capitals+1000
Anaheim Ducks+1000
Chicago Blackhawks+1200
St. Louis Blues+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1400
Los Angeles Kings+1400
Tampa Bay Lightning+1400
Minnesota Wild+1600
Nashville Predators+2500
San Jose Sharks+2500
New York Islanders+2500
Detroit Red Wings+3300
Winnipeg Jets+3300
Vancouver Canucks+4000
Ottawa Senators+4000
Boston Bruins+5000
Columbus Blue Jackets+5000
Florida Panthers+5000
Calgary Flames+6600
Arizona Coyotes+6600
Philadelphia Flyers+7500
Edmonton Oilers+7500
New Jersey Devils+7500
Buffalo Sabres+15000
Carolina Hurricanes+15000
Colorado Avalanche+20000
Toronto Maple Leafs+20000

Odds as of November 10 at Bovada

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If any team in the NHL has achieved dynasty status in recent years it’s the Chicago Blackhawks, and oddsmakers are giving them their proper respect.

Fresh off capturing Lord Stanley’s holy grail for the third time in six years, the Hawks remain +650 chalk to repeat in 2015/16 at online sportsbook Bovada. Chicago has held on to that position since the shop opened its NHL futures in the early summer.

Last year’s Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning have the second best chances, sitting tied with the Anaheim Ducks at +900 odds to go all the way.

Here’s a look at the full list of Stanley Cup odds for each of the NHL’s 30 teams.

2016 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Blackhawks+650
Tampa Bay Lightning+900
Anaheim Ducks+900
Los Angeles Kings+1100
New York Rangers+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1200
St. Louis Blues+1400
Minnesota Wild+1600
Nashville Predators+1800
Washington Capitals+1800
Montreal Canadiens+1800
New York Islanders+2200
Boston Bruins+2500
Columbus Blue Jackets+2500
Detroit Red Wings+2500
Winnipeg Jets+2800
Calgary Flames+2800
Edmonton Oilers+3300
Dallas Stars+3300
San Jose Sharks+3300
Ottawa Senators+4000
Vancouver Canucks+6600
Colorado Avalanche+6600
Florida Panthers+6600
Philadelphia Flyers+7500
New Jersey Devils+10000
Buffalo Sabres+10000
Toronto Maple Leafs+10000
Carolina Hurricanes+15000
Arizona Coyotes+25000

Odds as of October 6 at Bovada

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