The Western Conference has a far different dynamic than the Eastern Conference.
The east has teams that are on a higher level (Ex: Pittsburgh Penguins) than the rest of the conference on paper. The west is far more convoluted.
Yes, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings hail from the Western Conference, but they were the eighth-best team during the regular season.
The Presidents' Trophy winner Vancouver Canucks got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. And, with a bit of drama surrounding their goaltending situation, they may not be the favorites to take the top spot.
Are the Los Angeles Kings the favorite? According to Oddschecker's Vegas odds, they are.
The Western Conference really has two favorites, the Canucks and Kings, each for their own reasons.
The Canucks have won the last two Presidents' Trophies.
The Kings return everyone from their Stanley Cup champion team that dominated playoff competition (16-4).
Here are some sleepers in the Western Conference that could sneak into the top spot.
Full Oddschecker Vegas Stanley Cup odds:
Los Angeles Kings 19/2
Vancouver Canucks 11/1
St. Louis Blues 11/1
Chicago Blackhawks 13/1
Detroit Red Wings 13/1
Minnesota Wild 18/1
San Jose Sharks 20/1
Nashville Predators 22/1
Phoenix Coyotes 25/1
Dallas Stars 33/1
Anaheim Ducks 35/1
Edmonton Oilers 35/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
Calgary Flames 55/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 175/1