Canadiens Improve on Stanley Cup Odds

The Montreal Canadiens are the closest to hoisting the 2015 Stanley Cup right now of the 16 NHL teams in the playoffs, needing just 13 wins to claim the championship after taking a 3-0 series lead on the Ottawa Senators with a 2-1 overtime victory Sunday on the road.

The Atlantic Division champion Canadiens have consequently improved their odds to win the Stanley Cup at online sportsbook Bodog, going from 9/1 before the postseason got underway to 6/1 as of Monday. They are also the 9/4 second choice to win the Eastern Conference.

Montreal is currently tied with the Chicago Blackhawks, who are also 6/1 to win the NHL title behind the New York Rangers, the favorites to win both the Cup (9/2) and the East (2/1).

The Blackhawks took a 2-1 series lead on the Nashville Predators on Sunday with a 4-2 victory in Game 3 while the Metropolitan Division champion Rangers will try to break their 1-1 tie against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road Monday. The Penguins evened their series with New York by scoring a 4-3 upset win Saturday on the road in Game 2.

Pittsburgh has been one of the annual favorites to win the Stanley Cup in the past led by two-time Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby, but this season the team struggled and barely made the playoffs. However, the Penguins may be a good sleeper pick this year at 20/1, especially if they can oust the top-seeded Rangers in the first round.

The Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks are the lone Western Conference team still without a loss in the postseason as they head to Winnipeg for Game 3 against the Jets on Monday. The Ducks are 13/2 to win the Cup at Bodog and hold a 2-0 series lead following a 2-1 victory at home in Game 2 on Saturday.

The other top championship contenders in the West besides the Blackhawks and the Ducks are the Central Division champion St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild, who are tied 1-1 in their series and both 9/1 to win the Cup at Bodog. The Wild host Game 3 on Monday and saw St. Louis tie the series on Saturday with a 4-1 home win after pulling off a 4-2 upset victory on the road in Game 1 last Thursday.