Stanley Cup Odds: Canadiens Headline List

After getting off to the best start in franchise history the Montreal Canadiens are the Stanley Cup favorites at online sportsbook Bodog.

On the latest Bodog Stanley Cup futures the undefeated Canadiens are +650 favorites. Montreal has started the season 9-0 behind the league’s No. 1 offense and the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Carey Price. With a goal differential of plus-23 the Canadiens are dominating right now and could continue to be a strong play for bettors if they can keep their streak going.

Following the Canadiens on the Stanley Cup futures list are the Rangers at +1000 and former Cup favorite Chicago at +1100. The Rangers currently lead the Metropolitan division after a 6-2-2 start. The Blackhawks are off to a slow start at 5-3 and got some bad news when defenseman Duncan Keith went down with a knee injury that will sideline him for a month.

Chicago isn’t the only team that has seen an early decline on the futures odds. Anaheim and Pittsburgh are both tumbling down the odds list following disappointing starts to the season.

The Ducks were supposed to be a Stanley Cup contender this season. They tied for the best record in the Western Conference last season, but early on they can’t buy a win or even a goal most nights.

Through seven games Anaheim is a dreadful 1-5-1. Making matters even worse, they’ve scored only six goals in those seven games. By comparison the Washington Capitals scored seven goals in one game earlier this week. The Ducks’ horrible start has pushed them down to +1400 on the Stanley Cup futures at Bodog and has head coach Bruce Boudreau on thin ice.

Like the Ducks Pittsburgh has also had some trouble lightning the lamp with regularity this season. The Penguins are 4-4 through eight games this season with only 13 goals. Averaging 1.63 goals per game is second worst in the league ahead of only Anaheim.

That isn’t going to cut it when you boast firepower like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang. The Penguins’ struggling offense has dropped them to +1600 on the Stanley Cup odds.