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NHL Futures: Week 26 Odds Update

NHL Futures: Week 26 Odds Update

Stanley Cup Championship Week 26 Contenders

Torrid is not overstating the race for the 2011-18 NHL Presidents' Trophy as it has morphed into quite a battle. Losing three straight, for just the second time all season, Nashville has allow a two more teams into the fight for first overall. The Predators (48-16-11) still own the top perch but they lost three points week over week to Tampa Bay. The Lightning (51-20-4) who, up until last week were leading the way since Week 4, have moved to within one point of the Preds for the top spot.

Cooling some, Boston is on a 4-2-2- run, the Bruins (47-17-10) sit third and are just three points off the pace. Though the volume is cranked to max in Winnipeg, the Jets (46-19-10) do not get much national coverage as they have quietly crept to within five points of the first. A dark horse, though phenomenal for a first year franchise, Vegas (47-21-7) are six points back and round out the top five. We are still confident in our Week 3 and Week 12 Tampa Bay Conference and Cup calls.

Heading Into Week 26: Nashville vs Tampa Bay remains as our Stanley Cup Finals matchup.

Week 26 NHL Championship Futures Lines

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26/03/18 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update

Mirroring each other, the chase for first place in the NHL Eastern Conference continues to be a neck-and-neck battle between Tampa Bay and Boston. The Lightning are 7-3-0 over their last ten contests and lead the Bruins (6-2-2) by two points with the Beantown Crew holding one  game in hand. An extra day has been added to the schedule as Boston and Florida will play their match that was cancelled due the 'Bomb Cyclone' that pummelled the East Coast back on January 4, 2018.

That extra game will be a sweet bonus battle to close the season. Toronto lost two points to the leaders as the Maple Leafs dropped a 4-3 decision to Tampa Bay on 20/03/18. We still feel the Leafs will be ready for the postseason under the skilful guidance of HC Mike Babcock. Washington and Pittsburgh round out the top five as the Capitals and Penguins are separated by three points in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus is on a 10-1-0 roll but we are not buying in on the Blue Jackets.

East Playoff Race: Tampa Bay is still available with a +230 best price at the Bet365 sportsbook.

Week Over Week: 18/03/18 to 26/03/18 Best Money Line Value

Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings. 

Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 26 @ 5:00 PM ET on March 26, 2018.

Eastern Conference  Sports Interaction (SIA) Bodog Bet365 BetWay
Lightning  +205 to +190   +205 to +210   +200 to +230   +250 to +200 
Bruins  +350 to N/C   +350 to N/C   +340 to N/C   +350 to N/C 
Maple Leafs  +750 to +675   +750 to +650   +500 to +400   +650 to +550 
Capitals  +900 to N/C   +900 to +800   +650 to +600   +650 to +700 
Penguins  +400 to +425   +450 to +500   +750 to +700   +700 to +650  
Blue Jackets  +1400 to +1200   +1400 to N/C   +1400 to +1100   +2000 to +1200 
Flyers  +1500 to +2000   +1500 to N/C   +1400 to +1300   +900 to +1200
Devils  +2000 to +1200   +2000 to +1600   +1400 to N/C   +1200 to N/C 
Panthers  +1500 to +2000   +1500 to +2500   +1600 to +1800   +2200 to +1800 
Hurricanes  OTB Week 26    OTB Week 26    +9000 to +22.5K   +3300 to +8000 
Rangers  OTB Week 25    OTB Week 22   +9000 to +50K   +8000 to +10K 
Islanders  OTB Week 26    OTB Week 26    OTB Week 26   OTB Week 26 
Canadiens  OTB Week 23   OTB Week 22   OTB Week 26   OTB Week 26 
Red Wings  OTB Week 25   OTB Week 25    OTB Week 26   OTB Week 26 
Senators  OTB Week 23   OTB Week 19   OTB Week 26   OTB Week 26 
Sabres  OTB Week 22   OTB Week 13  OTB Week 25 
 OTB Week 25 

26/03/18 Western Conference Championship Odds Update

Borrowing a quote from late New York Yankee MLB great Yogi Berra, ""It ain't over 'til it's over" is the new Western Conference mantra. Thanks to their three-game mini skid, Nashville is now just five points up on Winnipeg who were ten back during our Week 25 update. The Jets soared past Vegas into second place as the Golden Knights are six points behind the Predators. Smashville fans need not worry as the Preds are a stacked squad and may be conserving some fuel at this point.

With the three leaders all having seven games to play - it's easy to figure out that Nashville needs any combination of five wins or Jets losses to lock up home ice advantage in the postseason. Our feeling that San Jose was going to catch Vegas in the Pacific Division is going a little numb as the Sharks are fourth in the West - six points behind the Sin City Squad. That said, the Knights and Sharks tussle at T-Mobile Arena on 31/03/18 and we will be following the race with great interest.

West Playoff Race: Nashville Predators +200 Western Conference title price at Bodog won't last.

Week Over Week: 18/03/18 to 26/03/18 Best Money Line Value

Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings. 

Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 26 @ 5:00 PM ET on March 26, 2018.

Western Conference Sports Interaction (SIA) Bodog Bet365 BetWay
Predators  +225 to +195  +275 to +200   +160 to N/C 
 +225 to +150 
Jets  +475 to +450   +500 to N/C   +550 to +400   +500 to N/C 
Golden Knights  +325 to +375
 +325 to N/C   +400 to +425   +350 to N/C 
Sharks  +1400 to +1200   +1400 to +1100   +1100 to +800   +1200 to N/C 
Wild  +1400 to +1500   +1400 to N/C   +1000 to N/C   +1200 to N/C 
Ducks  +1200 to N/C    +1200 to N/C   +1400 to +1500   +1400 to N/C  
Avalanche  +1600 to +1200   +1600 to +1500   +1300 to +1400   +1800 to +1600 
Blues  +1800 to N/C   +2800 to +1500   +2000 to +1400   +2200 to +1800 
Kings  +1200 to N/C  
 +1200 to N/C   +1300 to +1500   +1400 to N/C 
Stars  +1400 to +2000   +1400 to +4000   +1400 to +2800   +1100 to +1800   
Flames  +1800 to +10K  +1800 to +10K   +2200 to +2000 
 +1800 to +2500 
Oilers  OTB Week 23   OTB Week 22   OTB Week 26   OTB Week 26 
Blackhawks  OTB Week 25   OTB Week 23   OTB Week 26   OTB Week 26  
Canucks  OTB Week 23   OTB Week 18   OTB Week 25   OTB Week 25 
Coyotes  OTB Week 22   OTB Week 12  OTB Week 25   OTB Week 25 

March Madness Morphs Into An Amazing April 

Madness remains in the air as the NCAA Basketball National Championship chase has hit the Final Four. #1 Kansas vs #1 Villanova is a heavyweight Midwest vs East battle while #3 Michigan will face #11 Cinderella Loyola-Chicago in the West vs South title match. While we would love to watch the Wolverines cut down the nets for the first time since 1989, the Wildcats appear to be the cream of the crop. Live odds and tournament scoring is available around the clock on the CSB NCAAB futures page. The bookmakers in our table below, including SportsInteraction, are all over the Madness.

Just a few days behind puck action, the National Basketball Association is also in a frantic playoff stretch drive. Toronto has stumbled some recently, 2-3 over their last five, but the Raptors remain in the drivers seat with a 3.5 game lead on Boston in the Eastern Conference race. Five squads have clinched a playoff berth in the East but Houston and Golden State are the only teams invited to the dance in the West at this point. The Rockets have opened up a 5.5 game bulge on the wounded Warriors. Happy Spring as the MLB Boys Of Summer return on March 29, 2018 - so exciting!

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