Rangers Sit as Stanley Cup Odds Favorites

With six of the eight first-round NHL playoff series already completed, two more teams can advance on the road to the Stanley Cup with home wins on Monday.

The winner of Game 7 between the host Washington Capitals and visiting New York Islanders will move on to face the Cup favorite New York Rangers, who are 13/4 to hoist it and 13/10 to win the Eastern Conference at online sportsbook Bodog.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings would meet the Montreal Canadiens in the other Eastern Conference semifinal matchup by earning a Game 6 victory. Otherwise, the Tampa Bay Lightning will get an opportunity to complete a comeback from a 3-2 series deficit in Game 7 at home on Wednesday.

The Canadiens knocked out the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of their first-round series on Sunday behind a 2-0 shutout from goalie Carey Price, and they are 13/2 to win their first Stanley Cup since becoming Canada’s last team to win it back in 1993.

The Red Wings are 14/1 to win the Cup at Bodog, the Capitals are 18/1,  and the Lightning are tied for the longest shots on the betting board with the Islanders at 20/1.

In the Western Conference, both semifinal matchups are set with the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild, respectively.

The Ducks are coming off a four-game sweep of the Winnipeg Jets in the first round and find themselves as 9/5 co-favorites to win the West along with the Blackhawks, who are also tied with them as the 4/1 second choice to win the Cup behind the Rangers.

The Flames ousted the Vancouver Canucks in six games, and they are 9/1 to win the Cup at Bodog.

Chicago topped the Nashville Predators in six games and is trying to win its third Stanley Cup in six years. The Blackhawks have home ice in their series against the Wild, who disposed of the Central Division champion St. Louis Blues in six games following a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Minnesota is 6/1 to capture its first Cup and comes into the series as winners of 14 of 16 on the road.