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Desperate Flyers face red-hot Penguins as favorites on Saturday

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The Philadelphia Flyers will try to avoid a season sweep by the Pittsburgh Penguins that could snuff out their tenuous playoff hopes when they play host to their Metropolitan Division rivals on Saturday as -123 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Despite sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture, Philadelphia remains in control of their own playoff destiny entering Saturday afternoon’s Penguins vs. Flyers betting matchup at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers are coming off a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto on Thursday that prevented them from drawing alongside the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings in the conference standings.

While deadlocked with Boston in the Atlantic Division standings, the Red Wings currently claim sole possession of third place, narrowly topping the Bruins in regulation and overtime wins.

However, Philly maintains one game in hand on both Boston and Detroit, who each wrap up their campaigns early on Saturday, with the Bruins battling the Ottawa Senators as -275 home chalk, and the Red Wings visiting the New York Rangers as -120 road favorites.

Philadelphia has now lost three straight, and six of their past 11 overall, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, and must also overcome a red-hot Penguins squad that has beaten them three times since January, and is currently on a torrid 14-1 run.

In the event of victories on Saturday by both Boston and Detroit, the Flyers will need to post wins against both Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders, whom they face on Sunday, to clinch a playoff berth.

Over in the Western Conference, the Anaheim Ducks will need help from the Winnipeg Jets to overtake the Los Angeles Kings and claim a fourth straight Pacific Division title.

Winnipeg visits the Kings on Saturday night as +200 underdogs, and must hand Los Angeles a loss in their regular season finale to preserve the Ducks’ shot at the division crown.

Anaheim trails the Kings by two points with two games remaining, but comes up short on tiebreakers against their crosstown rivals.

Losers in their past two games, the Ducks are pegged as -150 road favorites to end a three-game losing streak against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, before traveling to Washington to face the Capitals on Sunday.

Washington remains atop the Stanley Cup odds as 4/1 favorites, followed by the Kings at 7/1, the Chicago Blackhawks at 15/2, and Anaheim at 8/1. Pittsburgh joins the Dallas Stars at 9/1, while the St. Louis Blues round out the favorites with 10/1 odds.

Blackhawks trail Capitals on latest Stanley Cup odds

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(OddsShark.com) — The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions but the Washington Capitals have the best record in the National Hockey League, which has Alexander Ovechkin and company set as the current betting favorites on the odds to win the Stanley Cup this spring at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Capitals are the runaway leaders in the Metropolitan Division standings, and they sit at +400 on the latest Stanley Cup betting futures at the sportsbooks. That puts them slightly ahead of the Blackhawks, who are pegged at +500 on those odds. Chicago sits in first place in the Central Division standings and first overall in the Western Conference standings.

Another division leader rounds out the top three teams on the latest Stanley Cup odds, with the Los Angeles Kings set at +800 on the futures. The Kings are coming off a 9-2 rout of the Bruins in Boston on Tuesday night to improve to 32-17-3 on the season and give them a seven-point lead on the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division standings.

The Sharks, meanwhile, are back at +2500 on the latest Stanley Cup futures, putting them behind two Pacific Division teams as the Anaheim Ducks have shot up to +1200 on the strength of an 8-2-0 run over their past 10 games according to the OddsShark NHL Database. That has the Ducks in a tie with the Dallas Stars, who are second to the Hawks in the Central.

The Florida Panthers, the surprise leader of the Atlantic Division heading into the stretch run of the season, are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at +1400 on the odds to win the Stanley Cup, with the Tampa Bay Lightning behind them both at +1600. The Penguins are looking to ride a hot streak by star center Sidney Crosby into better positioning in the postseason race.

A group of four teams are then at +2000 on the Stanley Cup odds, with the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Montreal Canadiens all holding down that betting line. The Canadiens, an early-season favorite on the Cup odds before starting goaltender Carey Price went down with injury, are riding a modest three-game winning streak right now.

Joining the Sharks at +2500 are the New York Islanders, while the Bruins are listed at +2800, and the Minnesota Wild hold down a line of +3300. The Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche, in the Wild Card hunt in the Western Conference, are at +4000 and +6600 on those betting futures, respectively. The Philadelphia Flyers are also set at +6600.