The pressure builds: Caps are now 4/1 Stanley Cup favorites

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The expectations for the Washington Capitals to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history keep getting higher.

The other day, it was revealed that the majority of NHL head coaches believe the Caps will win it all. Today, online bookmaker Bovada released its latest Cup odds, and the Caps have gone from 6/1 favorites a month ago to 4/1 favorites.

The Blackhawks are next at 5/1, followed by the Kings (15/2), Stars (11/1) and Lightning (14/1).

The difference between the Caps and those four teams is that the Caps have never won the Cup.

That’s why, no matter how many points Barry Trotz’s juggernaut racks up during the regular season, he knows it won’t matter if it all comes crashing down in the spring, like it did in 2010.

“Let’s face it, we are going to be judged by what we do in the playoffs,” Trotz said, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Currently, only the Blues, Maple Leafs, Sabres and Canucks have a longer Stanley Cup drought going than the Caps do. Of those five, only the Leafs have ever won the Cup.