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Quartet of teams tied atop updated odds to win Stanley Cup

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Four weeks into the season, there has been major movement on the 2017 Stanley Cup odds.

Four teams – the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals – share the top odds at +900 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

And the teams trending the most in each direction are the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings. Edmonton, which is on the upswing thanks to generational talent Connor McDavid, has seen its odds come down from +7500 to +1000. The Kings, who did not record a win in regulation time until their 12th game, have seen their odds rise from +850 at the outset of the season to +2500 on those NHL betting lines.

The Oilers have not made the playoffs since 2006, but one only need look at the recent success of the Blackhawks (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane) and Penguins (Sidney Crosby) to know a team which spends years amassing high draft picks can hit its stride very quickly. The Oilers have one of the NHL’s most productive offenses, which is going to keep them in a lot of games. Their odds still carry a lot of value.

Results in hockey are much more random than in other team sports. It is not surprising that most of the teams at the top of the board have a PDO – a team’s shooting percentage combined with the save percentage of its goalies – well above 100. Teams tend to regress or rise toward the mean over time. According to the PDO tables at SportingCharts.com, the New York Rangers (+1000), Blackhawks and Canadiens are all having a high degree of puck luck early in the season.

In Montreal’s case, one couldn’t be faulted for betting on a team which now has franchise goalie Carey Price fully healthy. Washington, led by captain Alex Ovechkin and bolstered by goalie Braden Holtby, is off to a strong start that is sustainable. Each seems to have the most solid case among the leaders.

The teams which currently possess value include the Dallas Stars (+2000) and the aforementioned Kings (+2500). Dallas has started slowly, but if the Stars get an upgrade in goal to back up their skilled attack, they could be poised for a run in the Western Conference.

The fact that the Kings have been snakebit scoring-wise during a small sample of games does not mean a team with premier defenseman such as Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin could not be a dangerous playoff team. The Kings were the No. 8 seed when they won their first Cup in 2012. At this juncture, they have a lot of value.

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.

Penguins, Sharks climbing in Stanley Cup odds

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(OddsShark.com) — 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 OddsShark.com

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.