2015 NHL Western Conference Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Fresh off their Stanley Cup win over the Rangers, the Kings might be surprised to know that they’re not favored to win the Western Conference next season.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Blackhawks are favored to represent the Western Conference in next year’s Stanley Cup. Chicago’s odds are currently 4/1 to win the West, while the Kings, who are defending conference champions, are listed right behind the Hawks at 5/1 odds. The Blues, meanwhile, are 11/2 to win the Western Conference after being knocked out by the Blackhawks in the first round of this year’s playoffs.
Continuing with the odds, the Sharks and Ducks are both 7/1, respectively, to win the Western Conference crown next year, while the Avalanche and Wild are both 8/1, respectively. San Jose blew a 3-0 series lead to Los Angeles in the first round of this year’s playoffs while Anaheim blew a 3-2 series lead to the Kings in the conference semifinals. As for the Avalanche, they were upset by Minnesota in the conference quarterfinals.
Some of the mid-range long shots include the Oilers, Coyotes, Jets and Canucks, who are all 28/1, respectively, to win the Western Conference next season. The biggest long shots are the Flames and Predators, who are both 50/1, respectively, to win a conference title in the 2014-15 NHL season. Those odds represent the worst odds of the current teams listed.
The Kings and Blackhawks have swapped conference titles in four of the past five years, with the Canucks also winning the West in 2011. Before the Hawks in 2010, the Red Wings won back-to-back conference titles in 2008 and 2009, while Anaheim won in 2007 and Edmonton won in 2006 before losing to the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup.
2014-15 NHL Western Conference Odds to Win
Chicago Blackhawks 4/1
Los Angeles Kings 5/1
St. Louis Blues 11/2
San Jose Sharks 7/1
Anaheim Ducks 7/1
Colorado Avalanche 8/1
Minnesota Wild 8/1
Dallas Stars 17/1
Edmonton Oilers 28/1
Phoenix Coyotes 28/1
Winnipeg Jets 28/1
Vancouver Canucks 28/1
Calgary Flames 28/1
Nashville Predators 50/1