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Flyers rise, Red Wings slide on updated Stanley Cup odds

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The red-hot Philadelphia Flyers claimed an impressive 3-2 victory over the defending-champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, lifting them past the Detroit Red Wings in the race for an Eastern Conference Wild Card spot and boosting their odds to win the Stanley Cup to 33/1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Flyers have quickly emerged as the hottest team in the NHL, claiming victory in eight of their past 10 outings, and picking up points in 18 of the past 23 games.

Their current tear comes in marked contrast to their performance in the early going this season, when they posted just six victories over their first 20 games, a run that sent their Stanley Cup odds tumbling to 100/1.

Philadelphia faces another tough test this weekend when they battle Pittsburgh, but they have dominated their Metropolitan Division rival in recent years, taking an 8-1 record in their past nine meetings into Saturday afternoon’s matchup at Wells Fargo Center according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

With nine losses in their past 15 games, the Red Wings find themselves in the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and at real risk of missing the postseason for the first time in 25 years.

Detroit has also seen their NHL futures fade at the sportsbooks, tumbling to 40/1 to win the Stanley Cup after climbing as high as 18/1 just four weeks ago.

The Red Wings play six of their final 11 contests on the road and have six dates with teams currently ahead of them in the standings, including a crucial visit from the Flyers on April 6.

The Washington Capitals continue to lead the way atop the Stanley Cup odds as 4/1 betting favorites, while the Los Angeles Kings, winners in seven of their past 10 games, have vaulted to 6/1, passing the Blackhawks, who trail at 7/1, and the Anaheim Ducks at 15/2.

The Ducks have cooled off somewhat, losing four of five games after going on a torrid 20-3 run that briefly lifted them to the top of the Pacific Division standings, while Chicago is a dismal 4-10 in their past 14, dropping them to third place in the Central Division.

The Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues continue to battle for top spot in the Central Division, but both have struggled to post wins, and have each seen their odds fade, to 12/1 and 14/1, respectively.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks also sit at 14/1, followed by the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins at 16/1, the Florida Panthers at 18/1, and the Penguins at 20/1.

Ducks taking flight in Stanley Cup odds at Sportsbooks

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(OddsShark.com) — It has been a tale of two seasons for the Anaheim Ducks, whose current 13-2 run has brought them within striking distance of first place in the Pacific Division standings and lifted their odds to win the Stanley Cup to a short 9/1 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Last season the Ducks came within one game of returning to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since their Cup victory in 2007, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference final after eclipsing the 50-win mark for the second year in a row.

Anaheim struggled out of the gate this season, posting just one victory in their first 10 contests and quickly tumbling down the Stanley Cup odds, bottoming out at 28/1 after opening the campaign among the favorites.

But the new year has brought a change in fortune.  Anaheim will hit the 60-game mark in Friday’s Oilers vs. Ducks betting matchup at Honda Center holding a two-point edge over San Jose for second place in the Pacific, and closing in on the first-place Los Angeles Kings.

Conversely, the Tampa Bay Lightning have watched their Stanley Cup odds fade, falling to 18/1 this week despite a four-game win streak that helped them close the gap on the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division standings. The Lightning had been seeing their stock rise on the NHL futures, climbing to 12/1 on the strength of a 10-1 run that started in early January.

The Washington Capitals continue to lead the way on the Stanley Cup odds, holding steady as 4/1 chalk. The Capitals sit atop the standings with 92 points, but face a tough schedule over the next week including dates with Chicago, Pittsburgh, and the New York Rangers.

The Blackhawks remains close on the Capitals’ tail at 5/1, followed by the Kings and Dallas Stars, who join the Ducks at 9/1. The St. Louis Blues lead the second tier on the NHL futures, joining the Sharks at 14/1, ahead of the Panthers and Rangers, who each sport 16/1 odds, while the Pens hold steady at 20/1 despite failing to post consecutive wins in three weeks.

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.