And then there were four. The conference finals are here, and eight wins are all that separate each team from the Stanley Cup and eternal glory. Here are the latest odds to win the Cup, along with a little on how each team got to this point.
Boston Bruins +180
The current favorite to hoist the Cup, the Bruins hold home-ice advantage through the remainder of the postseason. Boston defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games, then eliminated the Blue Jackets in six games. And now, they will face off against the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Amid some controversy, Brad Marchand leads the team with 13 points this postseason. David Pastrnak has a team-high six goals along with 11 total points. It has been a fairly-even effort for Boston all postseason, with five players sporting four or more goals through the first two series. Boston has 19 different players who have all registered a point through their 13 postseason games thus far.
San Jose Sharks +200
The Sharks come in as the only team this postseason to face not one, but two Game 7s. Fortunately for them, they’ve come out ahead in both, starting with the four-goal power-play comeback and overtime win against the Golden Knights and then defeating the Avalanche late Wednesday night. And now they get to face off against a Blues team they played in this round only three years ago.
Five players for San Jose are in double-digit points, including the trio of Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, and Brent Burns all with a team-high 14. Couture and Hertl, in particular, have been the primary scorers with nine goals each, while Erik Karlsson leads the group with 12 assists. There are 18 total Sharks who have at least one point in the postseason.
St. Louis Blues +310
From worst in the league in early January to the conference finals. It has been quite the season for the Blues, who dispatched the Jets in six games in the opening round and overcame a 3-2 series deficit to win Game 7 against the Stars in double overtime. St. Louis will be the road team against San Jose but have lost just one game on the road all postseason.
With a hat trick under his belt, Jaden Schwartz has a team-high eight goals and is tied with Alex Pietrangelo with 11 points to lead the Blues. Those two are the only players with double-digit points, as Ryan O’Reilly is the next highest with nine. While they don’t have the high-scoring figures like a Boston or San Jose, the Blues have 15 players with a goal and 18 with a point.
Carolina Hurricanes +400
The only wild card team still standing, the Hurricanes are also the only team with a sweep on their resume. After shocking the Capitals in double overtime of Game 7 in their first series, they dominated the Islanders and swept them out of the playoffs. Now they’ll be tasked with beating the current favorite to win the Cup in Boston.
Defenseman Jaccob Slavin leads the Hurricanes with 11 points, their only player in double digits. However, Teuvo Teravainen and Warren Foegele are among four players with nine points. Teravainen and Foegele are also the leaders in goals with six and five, respectively. In total, 16 different players have recorded at least one point this postseason for Carolina.
The Eastern Conference Finals start Thursday night, as the Hurricanes and Bruins get going in Boston. Out west, the series between the Blues and Sharks doesn’t start until Saturday.