Welcome to the best part of the calendar year! The regular season is winding down and blood pressures are beginning to rise. Thats right, it’s playoff season, and the Capitals are primed for another run.
But before we get there, the Capitals will need to clinch a playoff spot, which will happen with a combination of a Capitals win and Rangers loss tonight, or two Capitals wins or two Rangers losses in the final games of the season.
So it’s fairly certain the Capitals will punch their ticket to the dance in the next day or two. In the mean time, it might be a good time to place your bets, if you are so inclined. Here are the latest Vegas odds to win the 2021 Stanley Cup, courtesy of Vegas Insider:
The Capitals are currently at 12/1 odds to win their second Stanley Cup. This is a vast improvement from the start of the season. They opened at +1800, or at 18/1 odds.
The Bruins and Capitals are both currently set at 12/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup, which is a bit puzzling, considering the current standings in the East Division. Some bookmakers in Vegas actually have the Bruins at better odds than the Capitals. The Bruins jumped up the Vegas boards after the trade deadline, due to the acquisitions they made, but it’s difficult to explain why they are even, or at better odds than the Capitals.
The head-scratching continues when you look at the latest odds to win the East Division. The Capitals are currently the favorites at -160 while the Bruins are +800.
Colorado and Vegas have the best odds, yet they haven’t played one game outside of the relatively mild West Division this season. It will be interesting to see how one of those teams does when they face a team outside of the division. Remember, only one team from each division will survive and move on to play teams outside the division.
Anyways, ready or not, here we go. As always, remember that Vegas odds are a reflection of the public’s confidence in a specific team and the actual money wagered on a team, and not a direct prediction of who will win the Stanley Cup.
By Jon Sorensen