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Odds: Capitals lead with 23.6% chance of winning Stanley Cup after 1st night of round 2

Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals scores the overtime and series-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 23, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals scores the overtime and series-winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 23, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The hockey analytics gurus at MoneyPuck.com have updated odds for the teams remaining in the NHL playoffs. 

In the first night of round 2, the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, and the Edmonton Oilers won 5-3 over the Anaheim Ducks. Nashville now has a 10.5 percent chance of winning their second round series in 4 games. The Oilers have a 13.4 percent chance of sweeping the Blues.

MoneyPuck's odds give the Washington Capitals a 23.6 percent chance of winning the Stanley Cup. The Capitals will open their round 2 series against the Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Washington. 

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Analytics are so popular in hockey now, it's no surprise there are sites giving these detailed odds after every night of games. It's more fun to watch teams beat the odds. 

For instance, back in October the Oilers had a 3.7 percent chance of winning the Cup. On April 13 they had a 2.5 percent chance of winning the Cup, and now they have a 15.6 percent chance of winning it. 

Does any of this actually mean anything? Well, MoneyPuck explains how its method for odds calculating correctly predicted the Penguins had the best chance of wining the Stanley Cup last season -- read here.

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