Capitals the betting Cup favourites at all-star break

Barry Trotz talks about why Alex Ovechkin will not be heading to Nashville for the 2016 All-Star Game.

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals head into the All-Star Break as the betting favourites on the odds to win the Stanley Cup at sportsbooks monitored by, sitting just ahead of Patrick Kane and the defending-champion Chicago Blackhawks.


Washington is set as the +400 favourite on the Stanley Cup odds with the schedule paused for All-Star festivities this weekend – an event which Ovechkin is skipping to rest an undisclosed injury. The Capitals are the clear leaders in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference standings, sitting with 74 points through their first 47 games of the season.


The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are the Central Division and Western Conference leaders with 70 points through their first 53 games of the season, and they're listed as the +550 second-favourites on the latest Stanley Cup odds. Chicago also has a forward skipping the All-Star Game this weekend, as captain Jonathan Toews has bowed out of the event in Nashville.


Following the Capitals and the Blackhawks on the updated Stanley Cup betting lines at the sportsbooks are the Los Angeles Kings at +750, as they hold down the lead in the Pacific Division with 63 points in 49 games; that has them in fourth place overall in the West.


The Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning round out the top tier on the latest Stanley Cup odds at +1100 and +1400, respectively, with the Stars second only to the Blackhawks in points in the Western Conference with 67 and the Bolts five points behind the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division.


Despite that standing, however, the Panthers and their 63 points are farther back at +1600 on the Stanley Cup odds at the sportsbooks, putting them in a tie on the list with each of the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, and Anaheim Ducks. After a slow start to the season that saw them fall on the futures the Ducks are on the rise at 7-3-0 in their past 10 games according to the OddsShark NHL Database.


To find the first Canadian team on the Stanley Cup odds you have to go all the way down to No. 16, with the Montreal Canadiens pegged at +2800 to win the championship. An early-season favourite on the odds to win the Stanley Cup, the Canadiens have been among the worst teams in the league over the past two months and are just 2-7-1 in their past 10 games.


The Vancouver Canucks are back at +6600 on the Stanley Cup odds, with the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators both at +7500, the Winnipeg Jets at +15000, the Edmonton Oilers at +20000, and the Toronto Maple Leafs at +30000. The only team with longer odds than the Leafs at the All-Star Break are the Buffalo Sabres, who are set at +50000.