St. Louis at top of Futures Boards for NHL Stanley Cup

Updated futures for the 2014 Stanley Cup have been released this week.

Ahead of the trade deadline in the NHL on Wednesday, the St. Louis Blues made the first big move with a blockbuster trade.

The Blues acquired Ryan Miller who played in goal for Buffalo for 12 seasons. At the Bovada online site, the move did not impact the odds for St. Louis to win the coveted Stanley Cup.

Miller will take the place of Jaroslav Halak in goal. Halak went to Buffalo in the deal. The move theoretically gives St. Louis a better net minder. St. Louis on topbet is sitting at 9 to 2 to win the NHL title. The Blues’ odds did not change, but they now sit as the only favorite to win the Cup.

Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks were at 9 to 2 as well last week, but have both been lengthened to 5 to 1. Both clubs have not played well of late. Pittsburgh is 5-3-2 in its last 10 games, while Chicago is 4-4-2.

Pittsburgh has had problems on its blue line with injuries. Paul Martin will be sideline for up to 5 weeks following an injury in the Sochi Olympics. Kris Letang is out recovering from a December stroke.

The Anaheim Ducks are near the top of betonline and The Ducks moved to 6 to 1 from 5 to 1. The Boston Bruins shortened their odds to 7 to 1 from 8 to 1.

Six teams in the league have single digit odds, as no team has risen to the top as the dominant force in the league.

A couple of teams moved quite a lot on the futures board for this week. The Columbus Blue Jackets, three points from a spot in the wildcard and tied on points with three other clubs prior to Monday games, saw their odds double to 60 to 1 from last week’s 30 to 1.

The New Jersey Devils, who are tied with Columbus on points, moved from 100 to 1 to 60 to 1 this week.

The Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars both were shortened to 75 to 1 from 100 to 1. Both teams started Monday at 66 points. The two are tied with the Vancouver Canucks on points, but the Canucks are 50 to 1 to win the Cup.

The Detroit Red Wings had their odds shorten on Bovada this week to 30 to 1 from 50 to 1. The Red Wings are holding the last wildcard spot with the Washington Capitals, but have two games in hand.

Other names involved in possible trades are being tossed around. Ryan Callahan from the New York Rangers, Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders and Ryan Kesler of the Canucks are three who could be involved in big trades.

Top 5 odds for Stanley Cup Win 2013-14

St. Louis Blues 9 to 2

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 to 1

Chicago Blackhawks 5 to 1

Anaheim Ducks 6 to 1

Boston Bruins 7 to 1