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2014 Stanley Cup Conference Finals Odds to Win

The stage is set for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is a look at the two series and the four teams that will be fighting it out for a spot in the finals.
Eastern Conference Finals: Rangers vs. Canadians
After winning a tough series against the top-seeded Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadians are ready to fight for a chance to go to the Stanley Cup finals. They have been the lower seed in their first two series, but they were able to beat both the Lightning and Bruins with the outstanding performance of their goalie, Carey Price. While in net, Price allowed just eight goals against the Bruins and has a save percentage of .926. Throughout the season, the Canadians were in the top ten for fewest goals allowed, a trend that has continued during the playoffs. The Canadians are also getting excellent play from P.K. Subban, who leads the team with 12 points.
The New York Rangers are coming off back-to-back seven game series against the Flyers and the Penguins. Brad Richards has been the driving force for the Rangers throughout the playoffs, nabbing nine points on four goals and five assists. In net, Henrik Lundquist is tied for first in the league with a .931 save percentage. We could be looking at a goalie showdown between Price and Lundquist, two of the top three goalies in the league since the playoffs started.
The Canadians have the second best odds in the league at 3/1 to win the Stanley Cup. The Rangers are right behind them at 15/4. As for Game One, which will be in Montreal, the Canadians are slightly favored.
Western Conference Finals: Blackhawks vs. Kings
The Western Conference Finals will start on Monday night as the Blackhawks host the Kings. The Kings just toughed out huge series against the top-seeded Ducks and advanced in a huge Game Seven win on the road. The Kings’ Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik lead the league in scoring during the playoffs. Kopitar has notched 19 points and Gaborik has 15. Their goalie, Jonathan Quick, is fourth in the league with a .914 save percentage.
The Kings will need huge efforts from Kopitar, Gaborik and the rest of their players if they hope to get past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Crawford is tied with the Rangers Henrik Lundquist at a .931 saver percentage, but Crawford has allowed just 26 goals throughout the playoffs. This should be a fantastic matchup between two prolific scorers and an equally as impressive goaltender. Chicago will also hope to continue to get production out of Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook, who are tied for leading the team with 11 points apiece. The Blackhawks have also played fewer games than the Ducks, after finishing off the Blues and Wild in six games each.
The Blackhawks have the best odds in the league to win the Stanley Cup for a second year in a row. They sit at 8/5, while the Kings are at 12/1. You can check back with sportspicks.com handicappers before the puck drops on Monday for more insight into this game, as well as the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.