Odds Favor Capitals-Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:35 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017 3:35 PM UTC

The postseason for NHL begins on Wednesday, now is the ideal time to look at series, conference and Stanley Cup odds -- as well as make some timely picks -- before the numbers change in what is always the most competitive playoffs in all professional sports.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Beginning Wednesday

The NHL playoffs begin Wednesday night with five series getting underway including the Canadiens hosting the Rangers, the Senators hosting the Bruins, Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup champion Penguins playing host to the Blue Jackets in a competitive Quarterfinal series in the Eastern Conference with the Blues visiting the Wild and Connor McDavid and the upstart Oilers hosting the Sharks in the Western Conference. The other three series, including a team players, pundits and betting public best not sleep on, the Flames host the Ducks Thursday in what could be a grueling series that may go all seven games with an OT game or two a distinct possibility with Johnny Gaudreau, G Brian Elliott (2.55 GAA) and Calgary closing strong this Regular Season.


Updated Round 1 Odds From BookMaker

Eastern Conference

Capitals -321 vs. Maple Leafs +260

Penguins -175 vs. Jackets +151

Canadiens -130 vs. Rangers +110

Bruins -200 vs. Senators +170

Western Conference

Blackhawks -184 vs. Predators +158

Wild -141 vs.Blues +121

Ducks -165 vs. Flames +144

Oilers -135 vs. Sharks +115


Odds To Win Eastern Conference

Capitals +173

Penguins +343

Blue Jackets +473

Canadiens +557

Rangers +834

Bruins +851

Senators +1497

Maple Leafs +2805


Odds To Win Western Conference

Blackhawks +170

Wild +300

Ducks +585

Oilers +725

Sharks +750

Flames +1200

Blues +1200

Predators +1350


Odds to Win Stanley Cup

Washington Capitals +300

Chicago Blackhawks +400

Pittsburgh Penguins +675

Minnesota Wild +800

Columbus Blue Jackets +1050

Montreal Canadiens +1200

Anaheim Ducks +1400

Edmonton Oilers +1600

San Jose Sharks +1800

New York Rangers +1800

Nashville Predators +2500

St. Louis Blues +2500

Boston Bruins +2600

Calgary Flames +2800

Ottawa Senators +3500

Toronto Maple Leafs +5000


Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Bäckström and the Capitals -- who host the Maple Leafs on Thursday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series (USA, 7:05 p.m. ET; WASH -200, 5½u -130, BookMaker) -- and Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks -- who welcome the Predators to Chicago Thursday (MSNBC, 8:05 p.m. ET; CHI -165, 5½u -140; BookMaker) -- are the respective favorites in the Eastern and Western conferences with Sidney Crosby and the Penguins (+343 to win East, BookMaker), and Eric Staal and the Wild (+300 to win West, BookMaker) second choices.


Western Conference Winner Pick: Flames +1200 at BookmakerNHL Stanley Cup Winner Pick: Blackhawks +400 at Bookmaker
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