Updated NHL Playoff Odds: A Capitals-Penguins Showdown

According to our numbers, the winner of the Washington-Pittsburgh series will be in a fantastic spot to win the Stanley Cup.

Let's be honest, we knew it was going to come down to this. Capitals versus Penguins. Ovechkin versus Crosby. The best regular season team versus the second-best regular season team.

Thanks to an odd playoff format, Washington and Pittsburgh will face off in the second round of the NHL Playoffs, which begins tonight with both Western Conference series getting started.

Here's a look at what our algorithm thinks will go down in each series as well as each team's current odds to win the Stanley Cup. Spoiler alert: the winner of the Capitals-Penguins series will be heavy favorites to win the whole thing.

TeamOdds to Win SeriesStanley Cup Odds
Washington Capitals56.89%27.77%
Pittsburgh Penguins43.11%16.33%
New York Rangers61.71%13.16%
Anaheim Ducks53.65%11.19%
St. Louis Blues51.36%9.48%
Edmonton Oilers46.35%9.06%
Nashville Predators48.64%8.63%
Ottawa Senators38.29%4.38%