Oddsmakers: Lundqvist, Rangers become Stanley Cup favorites

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers' strong start has planted them as favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup at the season's quarter mark, and they have one man to thank - Henrik Lundqvist.

The 33-year-old is leading all goalies in wins (11), save percentage (.943), and GAA (1.85), but even more impressive is the fact Lundqvist has faced more shots (522) than any other goalie in the league through Sunday.

A few other notables in this week's updated list from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook:

  • After missing the playoffs last season, the Dallas Stars' 17-4-0 start has them tied with the reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks for the second-best odds in the league.
  • Out of teams who appeared in the 2015 postseason, the Calgary Flames' have slipped to the bottom third of the league with 80-1 odds.
  • Tied with the Flames at 80-1 are the surprising New Jersey Devils, who would take a wild-card spot if the season ended today. Cory Schneider has backstopped the team to 10 of their 11 victories.
  • Bringing up the rear are the Carolina Hurricanes, who sit alone with 300-1 odds but did manage an impressive win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Team Odds
New York Rangers 6-1
Chicago Blackhawks 8-1
Dallas Stars 8-1
Tampa Bay Lightning 10-1
Los Angeles Kings 10-1
Minnesota Wild 10-1
Montreal Canadiens 10-1
Anaheim Ducks 12-1
Nashville Predators 12-1
St. Louis Blues 12-1
Washington Capitals 12-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 20-1
New York Islanders 20-1
Detroit Red Wings 30-1
Winnipeg Jets 30-1
Boston Bruins 40-1
Ottawa Senators 40-1
San Jose Sharks 40-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50-1
Florida Panthers 50-1
Vancouver Canucks 50-1
Calgary Flames 80-1
New Jersey Devils 80-1
Philadelphia Flyers 100-1
Arizona Coyotes 100-1
Colorado Avalanche 200-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 200-1
Buffalo Sabres 200-1
Edmonton Oilers 200-1
Carolina Hurricanes 300-1
Oddsmakers: Lundqvist, Rangers become Stanley Cup favorites
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