Capitals enter playoffs as clear favorites to hoist Stanley Cup


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The puck drops on the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday and with their dominant regular season behind them, the Washington Capitals open the postseason as the clear favorites to hoist the Cup this June.

The Capitals ended the season with 120 points, easily winning the Presidents’ Trophy, resulting in them beginning the postseason as the 3/1 favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to the Westgate LV Superbook.

Those are considerable odds despite the fact the Capitals have struggled in the NHL’s second season.

Dating back to the 2007-08 season, the Capitals have made the playoffs seven times and have never gotten past the second round, getting eliminated each time by a lower seeded team. In three of those occasions they were even put out in the first round.

After the Capitals, the Stanley Cup odds are dominated by Western Conference teams with five of the next teams reside in the West. They are led by the two clubs that have won the Cup each of the last four years, the Los Angeles Kings at 6/1 and the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks at 7/1.

The Dallas Stars are on the board at 8/1, while the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues are both listed at 10/1.

As for Eastern Conference teams to challenge the Capitals, the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins enter the playoffs at 8/1, followed by the Florida Panthers at 12/1.

Checkout the complete list of Stanley Cup futures courtesy the Westgate LV Superbook.

CAPITALS 3/1
KINGS 6/1
BLACKHAWKS 7/1
PENGUINS 8/1
STARS 8/1
DUCKS 10/1
BLUES 10/1
PANTHERS 12/1
RANGERS    16/1
SHARKS 18/1
PREDATORS 20/1
LIGHTNING 25/1
WILD 25/1
ISLANDERS 25/1

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