The NHL All-Star break is fast approaching, meaning all of the league’s 30 teams have crossed the halfway point in terms of games played.
And with a half season’s worth of standings points now accumulated, puckhead prognosticators are revising their initial appraisals on who will lift Lord Stanley’s Cup this summer.
Based on the initial NHL futures, as posted by Bovada on October 6 before the regular season commenced, there has been significant movement throughout the league.
A preseason contender like the Tampa Bay Lightning – tabbed as the fourth-most likely team to win it all at +1000 odds in October – has struggled to reach the .500 mark all year, causing their stock to plummet to +3300 as of January 17.
On the other side of the spectrum, the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets have surged to a 29-9-4 record and 62 points – second-most in hockey – to turn bottom of the barrel +6600 preseason odds into just a +800 shot to win the Cup. The Blue Jackets enjoyed an epic 16-game winning streak earlier in the year, and with 40 games left to play they’re only 12 points away from surpassing their total from all of last year.
Columbus has never won a playoff series in 15 seasons since joining the league as an expansion franchise, so breaking through into the realm of true Cup contenders is quite the accomplishment.
Aside from the big movers, the trinity of elite teams that entered the year as Cup favorites – Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington – have all maintained that status thus far.
The Blackhawks’ star-studded cast has the second-most points in the Western Conference at 59, and their odds have slightly improved from +750 to +700.
The Penguins and Capitals both started at +1000, but Washington has claimed the most points in the league at 64 to drop down to +600. Pittsburgh has 59 points, meanwhile, to place them third in the stacked Atlantic Division, and they’re now at +900 on the Stanley Cup odds.
Check below to see how all 30 NHL teams have moved the oddsmakers’ numbers midway through the year:
Odds to Win Stanley Cup at Bovada
|Team||Cup Odds on 10/6||Team||Cup Odds on 1/17|
|Chicago Blackhawks||+750||Washington Capitals||+600|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||+1000||Chicago Blackhawks||+700|
|Washington Capitals||+1000||Columbus Blue Jackets||+800|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+1000||Pittsburgh Penguins||+900|
|Dallas Stars||+1200||Minnesota Wild||+900|
|St. Louis Blues||+1400||New York Rangers||+1100|
|San Jose Sharks||+1600||Montreal Canadiens||+1100|
|Nashville Predators||+1600||San Jose Sharks||+1600|
|Anaheim Ducks||+1600||Edmonton Oilers||+2000|
|Florida Panthers||+1600||St. Louis Blues||+2200|
|Los Angeles Kings||+1800||Anaheim Ducks||+2200|
|Minnesota Wild||+2500||Calgary Flames||+2800|
|New York Rangers||+2500||Los Angeles Kings||+2800|
|Detroit Red Wings||+2500||Nashville Predators||+3300|
|New York Islanders||+2500||Tampa Bay Lightning||+3300|
|Boston Bruins||+2500||Boston Bruins||+3300|
|Montreal Canadiens||+2500||Philadelphia Flyers||+3300|
|Philadelphia Flyers||+3300||Toronto Maple Leafs||+3300|
|Edmonton Oilers||+3300||Ottawa Senators||+4000|
|New Jersey Devils||+5000||Dallas Stars||+4000|
|Colorado Avalanche||+5000||Florida Panthers||+4000|
|Ottawa Senators||+5000||Winnipeg Jets||+6600|
|Calgary Flames||+5000||Vancouver Canucks||+6600|
|Winnipeg Jets||+5000||Detroit Red Wings||+10000|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+5000||Carolina Hurricanes||+10000|
|Buffalo Sabres||+5000||New Jersey Devils||+15000|
|Arizona Coyotes||+6600||New York Islanders||+25000|
|Carolina Hurricanes||+6600||Buffalo Sabres||+25000|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+6600||Arizona Coyotes||OFF|
|Vancouver Canucks||+6600||Colorado Avalanche||OFF|