Updated Stanley Cup Odds Favoring Rangers

The New York Rangers are again the favorites to win the 2015 Stanley Cup with 8/5 betting odds at online sportsbook Bodog thanks to a comeback series win in the previous round and a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

A week ago the Rangers forced a Game 7 against the Washington Capitals, and a 2-1 overtime win last Wednesday propelled them into the same spot they were last year when they beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Eastern Conference final.

Even though New York went on to lose to the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 Stanley Cup final, the team started a string of playing in a record 15 consecutive one-goal playoff games last June that includes four straight wins by that margin in this year’s postseason. The Rangers have gotten stellar goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, who has earned seven wins by the score of 2-1 this postseason and is a perfect 4-0 in overtime games.

The Lightning are back at 7/1 to win the Stanley Cup at Bodog and have some work to do if they are going to get to the championship round for the first time since 2004. Tampa Bay was the highest-scoring team in the NHL during the regular season with 3.2 goals per game but was limited to just one for the second time in three games.

The Anaheim Ducks got off to a flying start in the Western Conference final on Sunday with a 4-1 victory in Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks, and they are now the 2/1 second choice to win the Cup. The Ducks were outshot by the Blackhawks 33-26 but got a pair of goals from their third line to show they are a deeper team than many gave them credit for heading into the series.

Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen was also stellar between the pipes with 32 saves against a Chicago team that had plenty of scoring opportunities throughout, including two power plays early in the third period.

The Blackhawks are 3/1 to win their third Cup in six years and hope to head home to Chicago with a split following Game 2 on Tuesday. Last year, Chicago won the series opener of the Western Conference final at home against the Kings 3-1 before losing three in a row. That series still ended up going seven games.