Four teams remain in contention to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. Both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals are heading into Game Six, with the Rangers and Kings holding 3-2 series leads.
Here's a look at the championship odds for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens. All betting odds are provided by Bovada.lv.
Los Angeles Kings
In 2012, L.A. won its first ever Stanley Cup. Now, the Kings are favored to win their second title in three years. Their odds have been set at +120, as they need just one more victory to advance to the finals.
Los Angeles had a 3-1 lead in the Western conference finals, but failed to close out the series in Game Five with a double-overtime loss. They’ll have a chance to end things in Game Six at home. The Kings have faced an extremely tough road, on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. They’ve defeated two of the top three seeds in the West, and are on their way to beating the defending champs.
New York Rangers
It’s been two decades since the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, but they have pretty strong odds to do so in 2014. They rank just behind the Kings at +190.
New York wouldn’t have home-ice advantage in the finals, but that might be for the best. The Rangers have been at their best when playing away from Madison Square Garden. Six of their 11 playoff victories have come on the road, and 25 of their 45 regular-season victories came in away games.
If the Blackhawks reach the finals, they’ll likely be favored over either Eastern Conference opponent. However, it won’t be easy for them to beat the Kings three straight times, putting their championship odds at +425.
Chicago has been the most successful NHL team in the last five years. They won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013 and can’t be counted out, even though they’ll need a major comeback to reach the finals.
The Canadiens are the biggest longshots to win it all. Heading into game Six, their odds sit at +800.
Montreal had an offensive outburst in Game Five, but they are decided favorites to lose Game Six, as the series heads back to New York. Even if they do get past the Rangers, they could still be without goalie Carey Price for the remainder of the playoffs.