Blackhawks jump in Stanley Cup futures

The Chicago Blackhawks have made gains in both the standings and the Stanley Cup futures over the past two weeks, as they’re now behind just the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on that NHL wagering list.

The Blackhawks have moved up from 12/1 to 9/1 on the latest Stanley Cup futures list at the Bodog Sportsbook, with the Penguins and Capitals both at 7/1 odds to win the NHL’s championship in the spring. Chicago has been getting good production from their top two lines along with solid netminding from starting goaltender Corey Crawford.

Pittsburgh hopes to get superstar Sidney Crosby back in the lineup soon, but in the meantime they’ve stayed in the top tier of the Eastern Conference standings. The Capitals have only been getting average production from their superstar, Alex Ovechkin, but they’re riding high in the Eastern Conference standings after one month as well.

Joining the Blackhawks at 9/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup are the Vancouver Canucks, with the Philadelphia Flyers and the San Jose Sharks both at 10/1 on that futures list. The Los Angeles Kings sit at 12/1 odds right now, while the Detroit Red Wings, who have been going through a rough patch lately, are down from 11/1 to 13/1 odds.

The Buffalo Sabres are next at 14/1 odds, with the Boston Bruins at 16/1 odds despite the fact they’ve been languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. If Boston’s Cup hangover continues they’ll sink even farther on the championship odds.

The Tampa Bay Lightning round out the top tier of contenders at 20/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup at the Bodog Sportsbook, while early surprises who have been moving up the list include the Edmonton Oilers (30/1), Toronto Maple Leafs (30/1), and Dallas Stars (35/1). Here’s a look at the complete list of NHL championship futures . . .

Odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup at the Bodog Sportsbook

Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
Washington Capitals 7/1
Chicago Blackhawks 9/1
Vancouver Canucks 9/1
Philadelphia Flyers 10/1
San Jose Sharks 10/1
Los Angeles Kings 12/1
Detroit Red Wings 13/1
Buffalo Sabres 14/1
Boston Bruins 16/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 20/1
Anaheim Ducks 30/1
Edmonton Oilers 30/1
Montreal Canadiens 30/1
Nashville Predators 30/1
New York Rangers 30/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 30/1
Dallas Stars 35/1
New Jersey Devils 35/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
Carolina Hurricanes 50/1
Phoenix Coyotes 50/1
St. Louis Blues 50/1
Calgary Flames 60/1
Florida Panthers 60/1
Minnesota Wild 60/1
New York Islanders 100/1
Ottawa Senators 100/1
Winnipeg Jets 100/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 200/1