Hawks, Ducks Atop Latest Stanley Cup Odds

The Western Conference champion has hoisted the Stanley Cup six of the past eight years, and the top two contenders for that crown this year are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup right now at online sportsbook Bodog.

In fact, the Chicago Blackhawks (3/1) and Anaheim Ducks (13/4) have combined to win the Cup three times during that stretch and appear to be headed for a matchup in the Western Conference final after each of them took 2-0 leads with wins in their respective second-round playoff series on Sunday.

The Blackhawks won the Cup most recently in 2010 and 2013 and turned in one of their best all-around efforts of this year’s postseason run in topping the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday.

Chicago winger Patrick Kane tallied two goals with captain Jonathan Toews netting the first and Patrick Sharp rounding out the scoring while goalie Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 31 Minnesota shots.

The Wild (16/1 at Bodog) have still never won a playoff game at the United Center and head home on Tuesday trying to earn their first victory of the series against the Blackhawks.

The Ducks are the only team in the postseason that has yet to lose a game, improving to 6-0 after blanking the Calgary Flames (40/1) on Sunday.

Anaheim has outscored Calgary 9-1 in the first two games but has played arguably the two weakest opponents of any team in the first two rounds overall. The Ducks swept the Winnipeg Jets in the first round and would have home-ice advantage versus Chicago or Minnesota.

In the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning (4/1) have a surprising 2-0 lead on the Montreal Canadiens (20/1) following a dominant 6-2 road victory on Sunday, extending their series winning streak to seven, including a five-game sweep during the regular season.

The Lightning have come alive since trailing the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in their first-round series, winning four straight by a combined score of 15-5.

The defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers (7/2) are tied 1-1 with the Washington Capitals (9/1) in their second-round series after splitting the first two at home, and they have seen every one of their seven postseason games decided by one goal so far.

The Rangers were the Cup favorites at 13/4 at Bodog a week ago, but a 2-1 home loss to the Capitals in Game 1 combined with outstanding performances by their Western Conference counterparts have made them the third choice overall.