Stanley Cup Odds Updated for Stretch Run

There is just a little more than a month remaining in the NHL regular season and the race for the top seeds in each conference is heating up on the ice.

The New York Islanders recently pulled even with the Montreal Canadiens atop the Eastern standings, and both teams seem like solid value picks to win the 2015 Stanley Cup right now based on the latest hockey future odds at online sportsbook Bodog.

The Canadiens (10/1 to win the Cup at Bodog) still hold a slight lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning (12/1) for first place in the Atlantic Division while the Islanders (14/1) are battling with their crosstown rivals – the New York Rangers (12/1) – for the Metropolitan Division crown. Other contenders in the East include the Detroit Red Wings (16/1) in the Atlantic and the Pittsburgh Penguins (12/1) in the Metropolitan, as each remains within striking distance of the division leaders heading down the stretch.

Those top Eastern Conference clubs continue to offer better odds to win the NHL championship when compared to the best in the West, where the Chicago Blackhawks (15/2 at Bodog), Anaheim Ducks (17/2), defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (10/1) and St. Louis Blues (10/1) are the teams to beat. The Ducks are currently challenging the Nashville Predators (12/1) for the top seed in the Western Conference, although both of them are struggling a bit and allowing others to close the gap.

In the Central Division, the Predators have seen the Blues and Blackhawks gain ground over the past week in addition to the Minnesota Wild (12/1) and Winnipeg Jets (33/1). The Wild have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL yet the Jets are within a victory of overtaking them for fourth place in the division behind St. Louis and Chicago.

The Pacific Division race has the Ducks with a double-digit points lead, although the Vancouver Canucks (25/1) just beat them and sit in second place ahead of the Calgary Flames (28/1) and Kings. The San Jose Sharks (28/1) are fighting for the last playoff spot in the West and will need to finish strong to catch Los Angeles for fourth in the Pacific.