There are only seven teams still remaining in the playoffs for the 2015 Stanley Cup. Three of those teams will face elimination this weekend, one is already into the conference finals, and three others are on the verge of advancing.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators took to the ice on Wednesday night for game 1 of their opening round series in the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The result from Montreal saw the Canadiens defeat Ottawa 4-3, behind an outbreak of scoring in the second period.
The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the two teams that are considered the favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup (source: bet365). However, they will meet in the conference semifinals following Pittsburgh's elimination
The 2015 NHL Draft, a two-day event, is scheduled for late this month from Sunrise, Florida, a city in the metro Miami area. The Edmonton Oilers hold first pick and it is considered a foregone conclusion that they will use that pick to select Connor McDavid.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have not been in the news much in recent weeks. The historic franchise in Canada's largest city finished 30 points out of a playoff spot this season and, accordingly, they have not been playing meaningful hockey for several months now.
Monday night May 11th is an off-night in the NHL as the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs have no games featured. A big reason for that is that there are only six teams left in the hunt for the championship. Those teams, along with their betting odds to win the Cup outright, are listed below.
The Washington Capitals cannot be caught in the Metropolitan Division standings. On Wednesday night Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, and all shut out the New York Rangers 2-0 in a game that came from the Verizon Center.