Hockey betting: National Hockey League futures

Former champions the Chicago Blackhawks have better NHL betting odds of winning the 2014-15 Stanley Cup than current champions the Los Angeles Kings, as do the Boston Bruins, while the New York Rangers seem far from reaching the Finals again.

 Odds of winning Eastern Conference

·         Boston Bruins (11/4)

·         Pittsburg Penguins (5/1)

·         Detroit Red Wings (8/1)

·         New York Rangers (8/1)

·         Montreal Canadiens (8/1)

·         Tampa Bay Lightning (11/1)

·         Columbus Blue Jackets (16/1)

·         Philadelphia Flyers (16/1)

·         Toronto Maple Leafs (16/1)

·         Washington Capitals (22/1)

·         Ottawa Senators (28/1)

·         Florida Panthers (28/1)

·         New York Islanders (33/1)

·         New Jersey Devils (33/1)

·         Carolina Hurricanes (33/1)

·         Buffalo Sabres (33/1)

Odds of winning Western Conference

·         Chicago Blackhawks (4/1)

·         Los Angeles Kings (5/1)

·         Anaheim Ducks (11/2)

·         St. Louis Blues (11/2)

·         St. Jose Sharks (7/1)

·         Colorado Avalanche (9/1)

·         Minnesota Wild (9/1)

·         Dallas Stars (17/1)

·         Vancouver Canucks (23/1)

·         Edmonton Oilers (28/1)

·         Phoenix Coyotes (28/1)

·         Winnipeg Jets (33/1)

·         Nashville Predators (45/1)

·         Calgary Flames (50/1)

Odds of winning the Stanley Cup

·         Bruins (8/1)

·         Blackhawks (8/1)

·         Kings (9/1)

·         Ducks (10/1)

·         Blues (12/1)

·         Penguins (12/1)

·         Sharks (14/1)

·         Wild (15/1)

·         Red Wings (18/1)

·         Rangers (18/1)

·         Canadiens (18/1)

·         Avalanche (18/1)

·         Lightning (23/1)

·         Flyers (30/1)

·         Stars (35/1)

·         Blue Jackets (35/1)

·         Maple Leafs (45/1)

·         Canucks (50/1)

·         Senators (55/1)

·         Coyotes (55/1)

·         Capitals (55/1)

·         Oilers (55/1)

·         Jets (60/1)

·         Panthers (65/1)

·         Islanders (65/1)

·         Devils (65/1)

·         Hurricanes (65/1)

·         Predators (85/1)

·         Flames (100/1)

·         Sabres (100/1)

Of the four teams that have made it to the previous two Stanley Cup Finals only the Rangers aren’t in the top 5 favorites to win this upcoming season. No team has won back-to-back titles during the salary cap era, which would seemingly disqualify the Kings as well. Is it then safe to say that the 2014-15 Stanly Cup will be competed between the Bruins and Blackhawks? It might be a bit early to tell, but it would appear to be so, according to hockey betting odds.