I have begrudgingly stepped in front of the camera today to give you my reaction to Stanley Cup futures lines with the eastern and western conference finals locked in but first I need to send my thoughts and prayers to any friends and family of the Washington Capitals out there. They died a slow and painful death in front of the nation Wednesday night and I think it’s going to take more than a little CPR to revive this franchise. I’ve done my grieving and I’m ready to move on and talk about the teams who still have blood pumping through your veins and take a look at whose bid to hoist the Stanley Cup holds water or champagne or whatever. Starting with the team that once again drove the dagger into the hearts of the Caps we have the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sid and the Pens opened as a Stanley Cup fave at +175 but I’m not buying what sports courts are selling. The Sens are going to give them more of a challenge than most people are expecting and both teams who have the potential to come out of the West will have an excellent chance to knock off a club that’s trying to do the practically impossible. Win two straight Stanley Cups. As for the Sens they’re being offered at +550 and it may be worth a look. If you turn back the clock in the start of the 2017 post-season you’ll see that the two favorites, the Blackhawks and the Capitals, who are both now eliminated, opened up +400 and +450 respectively. That really puts Ottawa’s price here into perspective and I’ll be getting a little piece of it myself as I chase my losses from the last round. Over in the Western Conference Finals we have the Nashville Predators making their first ever appearance in the Stanley Cup semis and the Anaheim Ducks team that was last here two years ago when they launched the Blackhawks to their third cup in six years. Although this is new territory for them my lean here is towards the Preds at +275. Pekka Rinne’s playing absolutely out of his mind and that blue line made up of Roman Josi, PK Subban, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm has been unbelievably good. I’m guessing they move fast the Ducks in six or seven games and face a weaker opponent in either the Pens or the Sens in the Cup final. For that reason, and because they’re offering a better price than Pittsburgh I’ll be putting my faith and my money behind Peter Laviolette and the Nashville Predators. For previews of every Conference final game check out the NHL tab at OddsShark.com and don’t forget to tune in to OddsShark Live every weekday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Good luck this round guys, and remember you lose 100% of the bets that you don’t make.