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Stanley Cup Playoff Betting Preview

The Colorado Avalanche surged down the stretch to win the Central Division title, but the oddsmakers at the online sportsbooks still have them in the middle of the pack on the Stanley Cup odds with the NHL's regular season coming to a close on Sunday night.

The Avalanche will take on the Minnesota Wild in the first round of Stanley Cup playoff betting action this week, a team they beat four times in five meetings this season. Entering the week, however, the Avalanche are back at 14/1 on the odds to win the Stanley Cup at Bovada, and at 13/2 on the odds to win the Western Conference. The Wild are at 40/1 and 18/1 on those NHL futures lists.

The St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks finished second and third in the Central Division standings, and they'll meet in the first round this week as well - with the Blues holding a slight 3-2 edge in the season series against the Blackhawks heading into their Stanley Cup playoff betting matchup. St. Louis is at 6/1 on the Stanley Cup odds at Bovada and at 5/2 to win the West, with the Blackhawks at 8/1 and 15/4 on those two lists.

The other two Western Conference playoff series are Anaheim vs. Dallas and San Jose vs. Los Angeles, with the Stars going 2-1 against the Ducks this season and the Kings going 3-2 against the Sharks. Stanley Cup odds at Bovada for those four teams entering the week are Anaheim 9/1, San Jose 9/1, Los Angeles 10/1, and Dallas 50/1.

Over in the Eastern Conference the Stanley Cup playoff betting matchups might be highlighted by the series between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings, with the Red Wings winning three of their four games against the top-seeded Bruins during the regular season. Boston is the favorite at Bovada at 7/2 on the Stanley Cup odds, and they're the 13/10 favorites to win the East as well. The Red Wings are at 20/1 and 10/1 on those lists.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will then have home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens in the battle between the second and third seeds from the Atlantic Division, with the Lightning going 3-1 against the Habs on the season. Tampa Bay is at 25/1 on the odds to win the Stanley Cup and at 12/1 on the odds to win the East, while Montreal sits at 20/1 and 9/1 on those NHL futures.

Finally, the Metropolitan Division Stanley Cup playoff betting matchups for the first round are Pittsburgh vs. Columbus and the Rangers vs. Philadelphia, with the Penguins going a perfect 5-0 against the Blue Jackets this season and sitting at 7/1 on the odds to win the Stanley Cup and 11/4 on the odds to win the East at Bovada. Columbus is then at 50/1 on those Stanley Cup odds, with the Flyers and the Rangers at 20/1; Philadelphia and New York split their four meetings this year.

Odds to Win the 2014 Stanley Cup at Bovada

Boston Bruins 7/2
St. Louis Blues 6/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
Chicago Blackhawks 8/1
Anaheim Ducks 9/1
San Jose Sharks 9/1
Los Angeles Kings 10/1
Colorado Avalanche 14/1
Detroit Red Wings 20/1
Montreal Canadiens 20/1
New York Rangers 20/1
Philadelphia Flyers 20/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 25/1
Minnesota Wild 40/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1
Dallas Stars 50/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference at Bovada

Boston Bruins 13/10
Pittsburgh Penguins 11/4
Montreal Canadiens 9/1
New York Rangers 9/1
Philadelphia Flyers 9/1
Detroit Red Wings 10/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 12/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 20/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference at Bovada

St. Louis Blues 5/2
Chicago Blackhawks 15/4
San Jose Sharks 9/2
Anaheim Ducks 5/1
Los Angeles Kings 6/1
Colorado Avalanche 13/2
Minnesota Wild 18/1
Dallas Stars 22/1

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Exact Matchup Odds at Bovada

Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues 7/1
Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks 9/1
Boston Bruins vs Anaheim Ducks 12/1
Boston Bruins vs San Jose Sharks 11/1
Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings 15/1
Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche 16/1
Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild 40/1
Boston Bruins vs Dallas Stars 50/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs St. Louis Blues 12/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks 16/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Anaheim Ducks 20/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks 18/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Los Angeles Kings 25/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Colorado Avalanche 25/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Minnesota Wild 66/1
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Dallas Stars 80/1
Montreal Canadiens vs St. Louis Blues 33/1
Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Blackhawks 45/1
Montreal Canadiens vs Anaheim Ducks 55/1
Montreal Canadiens vs San Jose Sharks 50/1
Montreal Canadiens vs Los Angeles Kings 66/1
Montreal Canadiens vs Colorado Avalanche 70/1
Montreal Canadiens vs Minnesota Wild 150/1
Montreal Canadiens vs Dallas Stars 200/1
New York Rangers vs St. Louis Blues 33/1
New York Rangers vs Chicgao Blackhawks 45/1
New York Rangers vs Anaheim Ducks 55/1
New York Rangers vs San Jose Sharks 50/1
New York Rangers vs Los Angeles Kings 66/1
New York Rangers vs Colorado Avalanche 70/1
New York Rangers vs Minnesota Wild 150/1
New York Rangers vs Dallas Stars 200/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs St. Louis Blues 33/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs Chicago Blackhawks 45/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs Anaheim Ducks 55/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs San Jose Sharks 50/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs Los Angeles Kings 66/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs Colorado Avalanche 70/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild 150/1
Philadelphia Flyers vs Dallas Stars 200/1
Detroit Red Wings vs St. Louis Blues 33/1
Detroit Red Wings vs Chicgao Blackhawks 50/1
Detroit Red Wings vs Anaheim Ducks 60/1
Detroit Red Wings vs San Jose Sharks 55/1
Detroit Red Wings vs Los Angeles Kings 75/1
Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche 80/1
Detroit Red Wings vs Minnesota Wild 200/1
Detroit Red Wings vs Dallas Stars 250/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues 40/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks 60/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks 75/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 70/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings 90/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche 90/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild 225/1
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars 275/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs St. Louis Blues 66/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Chicago Blackhawks 90/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Anaheim Ducks 100/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs San Jose Sharks 100/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings 125/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Colorado Avalanche 150/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Minnesota Wild 350/1
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Dallas Stars 400/1