A fat lot of good it did for the Washington Capitals, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to online bookmaker Bovada.
The odds for the remaining four teams:
Pittsburgh Penguins — 9/5
St. Louis Blues — 2/1
San Jose Sharks — 4/1
Tampa Bay Lightning — 17/4
That the Bolts won’t have Steven Stamkos or Anton Stralman to start their series with the Pens is undoubtedly a factor in the odds. And, of course, Pittsburgh has been playing extremely well and the star-studded Penguins are a popular team with bettors.
Not surprisingly, the Penguins also feature prominently in the odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Despite a quiet second round, Sidney Crosby is the favorite at 9/2, with Phil Kessel (19/2) and Evgeni Malkin (10/1), and Matt Murray (11/1) not far behind.
Full Conn Smythe odds