Penguins, Sharks climbing in Stanley Cup odds


( — Powered by a four-game winning streak that has lifted them back into the playoff picture, the Pittsburgh Penguins are on the rise on the odds to win the Stanley Cup at 20/1 at sportsbooks monitored by

The Penguins opened their campaign on a tear, winning 10 of their first 15 contests, to maintain strong 14/1 odds. However, after failing to record back-to-back wins over a month-long stretch starting in late November, the Penguins dropped out of the playoff hunt with their Stanley Cup futures tumbling to 33/1.

Pittsburgh continued to struggle with consistency over the holidays, particularly on the road where they have just one win in their past five games, but have seen their dormant offense come to life of late, averaging 4.3 goals per game over their past 10 victories ahead of their visit to Tampa Bay for Friday night’s matchup at Amalie Arena.

The San Jose Sharks have also been gaining ground on the Stanley Cup odds, rising to 28/1 on the strength of an 8-3 run that has featured just one loss in regulation according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

The Sharks’ hot streak has lifted them into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division standings, but the club has yet to face its toughest test of the season. San Jose plays 12 of their next 17 matchups on the road, a brutal stretch that might determine their postseason fate.

Conversely, with just one victory in their past nine outings, the Minnesota Wild have fallen out of the Western Conference Wild Card hunt and their Stanley Cup odds have tumbled to 25/1 after peaking at 16/1 in mid-December.

The Montreal Canadiens also continue their freefall, both in the Eastern Conference standings and at the sportsbooks.

The Habs emerged as early-season favorites, peaking at 7/1 after winning nine straight out of the gate. But with just five wins in their past 25, potting more than two markers in a game just five times during their swoon, Montreal has tumbled to a distant 33/1.

The Eastern-leading Washington Capitals maintain their perch atop the Stanley Cup odds coming out of All-Star Weekend, pegged at 17/4, followed by the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks at 5/1, and the Los Angeles Kings at 15/2.

Despite picking up just four wins in their past 12 games the Dallas Stars hold steady at 12/1 odds, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who sit alongside the surprising Florida Panthers at a strong 14/1 odds.