Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Latest Bracket, Schedule and Odds for Round 2

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 3:  Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings and Mark Fistric #28 of the Anaheim Ducks battles for position in Game One of the Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 3, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Round 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs certainly provided hockey fans with the kind of action you'd like to see in the postseason. Now the remaining contenders have started making Round 2 just as memorable. 

With the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and three of the No. 1 seeds still on the hunt for Lord Stanley's Cup, there's plenty of star power remaining in the field. 

Here's a look at the remaining schedule for the four series as well as an updated look at every team's title chances. 

EAST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Canadiens at BruinsMay 1Canadiens 4 Bruins 3Canadiens 1-0
2Canadiens at BruinsMay 3Bruins 5 Canadiens 3Series tied 1-1
3Bruins at CanadiensMay 67 p.m.NBCSN
4Bruins at CanadiensMay 87:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Canadiens at BruinsMay 10TBDTBD
6*Bruins at CanadiensMay 12TBDTBD
7*Canadiens at BruinsMay 14TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Rangers at PenguinsMay 2Rangers 3 Penguins 2Rangers 1-0
2Rangers at PenguinsMay 47:30 p.m.NBCSN
3Penguins at RangersMay 57:30 p.m.NBCSN
4Penguins at RangersMay 77:30 p.m.NBCSN
5*Rangers at PenguinsMay 9TBDTBD
6*Penguins at RangersMay 11TBDTBD
7*Rangers at PenguinsMay 13TBDTBD
WEST
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Wild at BlackhawksMay 2Blackhawks 5 Wild 2Blackhawks 1-0
2Wild at BlackhawksMay 43 p.m.NBC
3Blackhawks at WildMay 69 p.m.CNBC
4Blackhawks at WildMay 9TBDTBD
5*Wild at BlackhawksMay 11TBDTBD
6*Blackhawks at WildMay 13TBDTBD
7*Wild at BlackhawksMay 15TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Kings at DucksMay 3Kings 3 Ducks 2Kings 1-0
2Kings at DucksMay 510 p.m.NBCSN
3Ducks at KingsMay 810 p.m.NBCSN
4Ducks at KingsMay 10TBDTBD
5*Kings at DucksMay 12TBDTBD
6*Ducks at KingsMay 14TBDTBD
7*Kings at DucksMay 16TBDTBD
NHL.com; *Denotes if necessary

With a full first round and parts of the second round in the books, the title picture is becoming more clear. As a result, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are continually adjusting the odds to reflect who has the best shot at raising the Cup when it's all said and done. 

Here's a look at the latest odds for the field via Odds Shark

2014 Stanley Cup Odds
TeamOdds
Boston Bruins+303
Chicago Blackhawks+303
Anaheim Ducks+605
Montreal Canadiens+655
Los Angeles Kings+705
Pittsburgh Penguins+755
New York Rangers+810
Minnesota Wild+2550
OddsShark.com as of May 3

 

The Favorites: Stanley Cup Rematch?

Mar 27, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) skates with the puck as Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) chases during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports

If the odds are any indication, all of the exciting, overtime-laden hockey that fans have been treated to could culminate in a Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. 

Both teams have the best odds to win the tournament this year. Both have proven that they have the tenacity and experience to survive the battle of attrition that is the Stanley Cup playoffs with their stellar performances last season.

So it stands to reason that even though we are still weeks and rounds away from the final, you can't help but feel these two teams are already sizing each other up:

Should both teams continue their recent hot streaks and make it to the final there won't be much complaining from fans. The six-game series gave fans five overtimes' worth of action as the Blackhawks got the final say in a memorable Game 6. 

 

Interesting Dark Horse: Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 03:  Matt Beleskey #39 of the Anaheim Ducks is challenged by Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings for the puck in the third period of Game One of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 3, 2014 i
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If the regular season meant anything to oddsmakers, it would seem that the Ducks are being severely undersold as a Stanley Cup contender. However, their 116-point regular season has very little to do with their surprisingly long odds at winning the Cup. 

That would be most likely be due to their season-long record against the Blackhawks. They went 0-3 against the Western Conference favorites and lost the last two encounters by two goals apiece. 

Their record against the Kings, however, is one that should have fans relaxed after losing Game 1 in Anaheim:

Looking at how the Ducks' top stars have played in the postseason provides evidence they are prepared to take on the Blackhawks, though. 

At a time in the season where strong goalie play can mean all the difference, a switch to Jonas Hiller may be just what the Ducks need to get over the hump. In his limited time on the ice for the Ducks, he is tied for the playoff lead in save percentage for goalies with more than one appearance at .939. 

On the offensive side of things Ryan Getzlaf has emerged as a dependable playoff playmaker. Fresh off the announcement that he's a Hart Trophy finalist he's ranked fifth in the league in playoff points with nine. 

With a track record of beating the team they are playing in the conference semifinal and a goalie with the potential to catch fire as the playoffs progress, the Ducks just might be the team to ruin the Stanley Cup Final that most are expecting at this point.