Eastern Conference odds to Win
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – As the NHL gears up for its post-Olympic action, let’s take a look at updated odds to win the Eastern Conference in 2014.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Penguins are 11/5 favorites to win the Eastern Conference in 2014 while the Bruins have the next-best odds at 7/2. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 9/1, while the Lightning and Maple Leafs are both 10/1, respectively. The Flyers are also 14/1 to win the Eastern Conference this year.
Continuing with the odds, the Canadiens are 14/1 to win the East, while the Red Wings and Capitals are both 16/1, respectively. The Blue Jackets are 20/1, the Hurricanes and Senators are 22/1, respectively, and the Devils are 25/1. The two teams with the longest odds to win the conference this season are the Islanders at 125/1, and the Panthers, who are a whopping 250/1.
One strong indicator of how well a team is playing is to look at their point differential. The Bruins actually have the best point differential in the Eastern Conference at +51, although the Penguins aren’t far behind at +48. The Lightning have the next-highest point differential at +23 and then there’s a steep drop off. The Rangers and Blue Jackets are both +9, the Canadiens are +6 and the rest of the conference has negative point differentials.
Of the teams in the East, the Penguins also have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup at 6/1, while the Bruins are 8/1 and the Rangers and Maple Leafs are both 20/1. The Flyers are 22/1, the Lightning are 25/1 and the Canadiens are 33/1.