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Stanley Cup parade on the National Mall?

If you’re like Michael Jenkins and believe this is the year Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will parade the Stanley Cup through a sea of red on the National Mall, I suggest you run to Las Vegas now to put your money where your heart is.

Run, don’t walk.

As of today, Bovada has the Capitals listed at 18 to 1 odds of winning the first Stanley Cup in their 42-year history, behind the Chicago Blackhawks (13/2), Anaheim Ducks (10/1), Los Angeles Kings (10/1), Tampa Bay Lightning (10/1), Pittsburgh Penguins (14/1), St. Louis Blues (14/1) and Minnesota Wild (16/1).

The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators also are listed at 18 to 1 odds.

RELATED CSN begins extensive Caps coverage Monday night

Oddly enough, the Caps were given identical 18 to 1 odds in Vegas back on June 16, before acquiring three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams and Olympic sensation T.J. Oshie to fortify their forward depth.

The Caps are also listed at 15 to 2 to win the Eastern Conference, behind the Rangers (9/2), Lightning (9/2) and Penguins (7/1) and 9 to 2 to win the Metropolitan Division, behind the Rangers (12/5) and Penguins (13/4).

The complete odds are listed below. I’m not convinced the Bruins deserve to be as high as they are, or that the Florida Panthers deserve to be as low. In fact, it would not shock me to see the Bruins miss the playoffs and the Panthers to sneak in.

We’ll engage in that debate as we get closer to the regular season opener, but for now, have fun breaking down these odds:

Odds to win the 2016 Stanley Cup                                                         

                                                         June 16           Current Odds

Chicago Blackhawks                             7/1                    13/2

Anaheim Ducks                                     10/1                  10/1

Los Angeles Kings                                14/1                  10/1

New York Rangers                                 8/1                    10/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             12/1                  10/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                              14/1                14/1

St. Louis Blues                                      12/1                  14/1

Minnesota Wild                                     14/1                  16/1

Montreal Canadiens                               14/1                  18/1

Nashville Predators                               16/1                  18/1

Washington Capitals                              18/1                  18/1

Boston Bruins                                          16/1                20/1

New York Islanders                                22/1                  22/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                         33/1                  25/1

Calgary Flames                                     40/1                  28/1

Dallas Stars                                         66/1                  28/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 33/1                  28/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       25/1                  28/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   33/1                  33/1

Ottawa Senators                                    50/1                  40/1

San Jose Sharks                                   40/1                  40/1

Vancouver Canucks                               40/1                  66/1

Colorado Avalanche                              66/1                  66/1

Florida Panthers                                    75/1                  66/1

New Jersey Devils                                 66/1                  75/1

Philadelphia Flyers                                66/1                  75/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             66/1                  100/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      100/1                100/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                100/1                100/1

Arizona Coyotes                                    100/1                150/1

Odds to win the 2016 Eastern Conference

New York Rangers                     9/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                 9/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  7/1

Washington Capitals                  15/2

Montreal Canadiens                   8/1

Boston Bruins                           10/1

New York Islanders                    10/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             12/1

Detroit Red Wings                     12/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Florida Panthers                        28/1

New Jersey Devils                     40/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    40/1

Buffalo Sabres                          50/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    50/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 50/1

Odds to win the 2016 Western Conference

Chicago Blackhawks                 13/4

Anaheim Ducks                         11/2

Los Angeles Kings                    11/2

St. Louis Blues                          15/2

Minnesota Wild                         9/1

Nashville Predators                   9/1

Winnipeg Jets                           12/1

Calgary Flames                         14/1

Dallas Stars                              14/1

Edmonton Oilers                       16/1

San Jose Sharks                       20/1

Vancouver Canucks                   25/1

Colorado Avalanche                  33/1

Arizona Coyotes                        75/1

Odds to Win the 2016 Atlantic Division

Tampa Bay Lightning                             11/5

Montreal Canadiens                               12/5

Boston Bruins                                       11/2

Detroit Red Wings                                 13/2

Ottawa Senators                                    7/1

Florida Panthers                                    10/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             20/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      22/1

Odds to win the 2014 Metropolitan Division      

New York Rangers                                 12/5

Pittsburgh Penguins                              13/4

Washington Capitals                              9/2

New York Islanders                                19/4

Columbus Blue Jackets                         13/2

Philadelphia Flyers                                12/1

New Jersey Devils                                 14/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                22/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division   

Anaheim Ducks                                     17/10

Los Angeles Kings                                13/5

Calgary Flames                                     6/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   13/2

San Jose Sharks                                   7/1

Vancouver Canucks                               7/1

Arizona Coyotes                                    35/1

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division  

Chicago Blackhawks                             11/5

St. Louis Blues                                      3/1

Minnesota Wild                                     4/1

Nashville Predators                               9/2

Dallas Stars                                         9/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       19/2

Colorado Avalanche                              14/1


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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues shutout Sharks 5-0 to win Game 5

The St. Louis Blues won a decisive Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks 5-0, pushing the Sharks to the brink of elimination.

The Blues are now one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1969-70 season, where they lost to the Boston Bruins in a sweep.

St. Louis started the scoring early when Oskar Sundqvist netted his second goal of the series in the first five minutes of the game. 

Jaden Schwartz then tallied his first goal of the game off a juicy rebound in front of Martin Jones to start the scoring in the second period. It was Schwartz's 10th goal of the playoffs, which tied him for third all-time in Blues history for goals in the postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko added to the Blues lead off a penalty shot. He's the first player in Blues franchise history to score a penalty shot goal in the playoffs.

Schwartz then added two more goals in the third period for a hat-trick. The first came on a 5-on-3 power play advantage off a scramble in front of the net, and the second came from a backdoor one-timer pass from Tarasenko.

Schwartz now has 12 goals these playoffs, and it's his second hat-trick of the playoffs.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington recorded 21 saves for a shutout, and he's the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat for the Blues.


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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

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NHL Playoff 2019 Roundup: Blues pull even with Sharks with 2-1 win

The St. Louis Blues' two-goal first period powered them to a win over the San Jose Sharks, and the series is now tied.

The Blues started with a goal 35 seconds into the game. Ivan Barbashev picked off a Brent Burns exit pass and flung it towards the net for the games opening goal. 

Barbashev is the second Blues player to score in the first minute of a game these playoffs. Jaden Schwartz is the other player.

Tyler Bozak scored the game-winning goal for the Blues on a power play off a scramble in front of the net.

The Sharks responded when Thomas Hertl poked the puck past the goal line after Jordan Binnington thought he had the puck covered. Hertl now has 10 goals this postseason for the Sharks, and the team now features 10 or more players to score 10+ goals in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Binnington's 29 save performance gave him his 10th win of the playoffs, the most of any Blues goaltender in franchise history.