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The Eastern Conference futures board aligns somewhat with the standings, but being at the top in the first week of the new year has hardly been a portent of a Stanley Cup final berth in recent years.
With the 82-game NHL regular season just past its midpoint, the Washington Capitals are the +350 favorite on the Eastern Conference championship odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Boston Bruins (+450) are the second favorite at betting sites, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning (+650), Carolina Hurricanes (+750), Toronto Maple Leafs (+850), New York Islanders (+950) and Pittsburgh Penguins (+1000).
Only one of the last six teams – the 2014-15 Lightning – that had the most points in the conference on January 7 has gone on to win the Eastern Conference. But all six of the teams which claimed the Prince of Wales Trophy and advanced to the Stanley Cup final were in the top six of the conference in points percentage at that stage.
The Capitals might well be capable of bucking the anti-frontrunner trend as they have an elite offense led by Alex Ovechkin and keep the defensive zone tidy in front of one-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie Braden Holtby. The Bruins, …
Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation