The oddsmakers in Las Vegas have released their thoughts on who in the hockey world will make it to the Stanley Cup as well as what their odds will be. They have also done this a second time this year already. They first released the list of odds right after the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup. This was not a great place for the Capitals but it had them just about middle of the pack.
The odds were then again released after free agency opened up and one of the busiest days in the NHL came and went.
The odds for the Capitals did change. Lets take a look at where they landed in both lists.
The top five for the posts Stanley Cup odds were as follows:
Chicago Blackhawks – 7/1, Boston Bruins – 8/1, Los Angeles Kings – 9/1, Pittsburgh Penguins – 10/1, St. Louis Blues – 12/1
The bottom five seem to feature more of the Eastern Conference than the top five, here they are:
Carolina Hurricanes – 66/1, Nashville Predators – 66/1, New York Islanders – 66/1, Florida Panthers – 75/1, Buffalo Sabres – 100/1.
The Washington Capitals fell at the 16th mark and have the odds of 33/1 right after the Kings won the Cup.
Free Agency provides a team to address needs and bring in players to make their team better correct? That’s what I thought. The oddsmakers in Vegas saw it differently. They saw the moves in Washington to not be as helpful as well all thought and dropped the Capitals down 3 spots to the 19th spot on the list with a 40/1 odds now.
That doesn’t really make sense to me but I’m not the one in Vegas determining this. A couple of teams moved around with the Capitals. The Sabres who were in last place with a 100/1 odds jumped up 2 spots and now is listed as a 75/1.
For most part though most of the teams stayed right where they were when the list came out in June. You can check out the rest of the teams and where they fall and what odds they have as well.