The Washington Capitals are showing no signs of slowing down with nine wins in their last 10 games. With 92 points through the first 58 games of the season, the Capitals look to be well on their way to home ice throughout the postseason.
Washington is currently going off as a +375 favorite on the odds to win the Stanley Cup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
With 44 wins, the Capitals have accumulated more points through 58 games than any team in NHL history. One of the most impressive factors in Washington's dominance is the team's consistency regardless of where it plays, compiling a 23-6 record at home and a 21-8 record on the road. Both of those records are best in the league.
Stock is rising fast on the Anaheim Ducks, who have played their way up to +900 to win the Stanley Cup on the betting board. After losing nine of their first 10 games and going 12-15-6 through 33 games, Anaheim looked to be stuck in a rut of a season.
But the offense has picked up averaging 4.1 goals per game over the team's last 14 games. The Ducks are 12-1-1 over that stretch per the OddsShark NHL Database.
Anaheim's primary obstacles in the Western Conference are the Chicago Blackhawks (+500 to win the Stanley Cup), Los Angeles Kings (+900) and Dallas Stars (+1000).
Coming off a road trip going just 3-3-1, the Kings have allowed Anaheim to close the gap in the Pacific Division. San Jose (+1400) isn't far behind in the division race either, and home ice could be critical in these postseason battles in California.
Washington's total dominance of the Eastern Conference has bumped everyone else in the conference down the list, with the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning all going off at +1600 on the Stanley Cup odds.
The Rangers are 6-2-1 in their last nine games, and were the team to knock off the Washington Capitals in the playoffs last season.
Other potential Stanley Cup contenders include the St. Louis Blues (+1400), Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000), and the Detroit Red Wings (+2200).