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Las Vegas says Blackhawks are favorites to win Stanley Cup

Oct 5, 2010, 12:52 AM EST

toewswithcup.jpgIf you’re curious as to what the odds makers in Las Vegas have to say about the upcoming NHL season, fear not because online gambling site bodog.com has come up with their odds on who they think will win the Stanley Cup this year. If you’re ready to know what you can set your wagers for (for entertainment purposes, of course) with your friends, dial in because here they are.You’ll find odds for everything between winning the conference, division or the Stanley Cup here so depending on how bad you want to toss away your money, you can figure that out there.

As for the top five favorites to win it all, the team at the top might surprise you.

Chicago Blackhawks 6/1

Washington Capitals 13/2

Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1

Vancouver Canucks 8/1

Detroit Red Wings 11/1

Yes, the Blackhawks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup once again, at least so says the gambling pool. Apparently they’re not scared off by all the off-season turnover. Gutsy. As for the long shots, the five teams with the longest odds of winning it all are rather predictable themselves.

New York Islanders 100/1

Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1

Minnesota Wild 80/1

Florida Panthers 80/1

Atlanta Thrashers 80/1

Interesting to see that a team getting some positive news generated out of training camp and the off-season in Atlanta getting buried at 80/1. I’m not saying I’d lay my own fake Internet money down on them, but I’d sure be curious to take a haphazard flier on them. Hey why not, it’s fake money after all, right? Ahem.

  1. Fecteau - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    The BLACKHAWKS?!!?!!? Did they not see how they went 6 games to win the Cup, and now are missing Niemi, Versteeg, Byfuglien and Madden?
    If they at least replaced them with similar talent, we’d be fine, but having to fill the roster with unknown scrubs, (save from Turco, that is probably an upgrade) this is very unlikely… All the more reason to bet on another team because the favorite certainly doesn’t always win…
    Go Caps!

  2. NYRFTW - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    What’s the suprise? The Hawks have the core of their team in place. Yeah they lost players like Sopel, Versteeg, Byfuglien, but those players will be pluged in by the new players coming to the team this year. Yeah Byfuglien played a big role in last years cup victory, but to think they aren’t the favorites going into the season is low hockey I.Q. Turco is an upgrade from that garbage they had in the net last year. Chicago won due to Philly having a goalie that was even worse than theirs. They’re definitly not missing him. What Ben Eager is going to ruin their chances of repeating lol? Sopel good penalty killer, but he will just be replaced simple as that. It comes down to losing Versteeg and Byfuglien big deal two pieces like that on this team doesn’t mean much. Look at their team they’re stacked. Lets see Pittsburgh no wingers, the Caps no goalies, The Wings Maybe, San Jose chokers, Vancouver lol. Who am I missing?

  3. Jason - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    You also have to keep in mind, that Vegas isnt in the predicition business. Theyre in the making money business. If they anticipate a lot of action on the defending champs, which is not an unreasonable expectation, the odds will be low. The teams with astronomical odds dont have them because they suck (though they do) its to encourage people to lay an extra $100 down on the Blue Jackets, you know, just in case.

  4. Fecteau - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    The Caps no goalies? Semyon Varlamov replaced Theodore in the playoffs two years runnung, and no one can blame him as the reason for the early exits. In fact, despite a sub par defense in the playoffs for two years, his GAA was 2.49 and his save percentage was .915. In retrospect, guaranteed HOFer Martin Brodeur has a career GAA of 2.01 with a save percentage of .919. You can’t compare Scott Neidermayer, Scott Stevens, and a young Willie Mitchell with Mike Green, Tom Poti and Jeff Schultz…
    That being said, its difficult to replace guys like Versteeg, Madden, and Byfuglien. Madden won in NJ two times, and he knows the “it works in the playoffs Defense first” mentality of Jacques Lemaire and his after studies… Not to mention he’s known for the short handed goals that will break a team’s respective back…
    Sure they may not be the Kanes and the Toews of the team, but we’ve discussed this before in this venue that grit and role players make the difference in the playoffs. I’m sure if there was no Kane or Toews they wouldn’t MAKE the playoffs, but to win, you need that extra grit and hard nosed play
    Look at how many championships Claude Lemieux won, and he’s not a superstar talent, and he kept bouncing around from team to team… but he is the guy that brings forward those intangibles that are the difference between winning and losing in the playoffs. Jimmy McGinty from the movie The Replacements said it best… You gotta have heart… Miles and Miles of Heart!

  5. Fecteau - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Good point! I never thought about the difference between the odds and a prediction.

  6. Jeff - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Dude the caps really? You talking bad about the hawks and your team did a first round exit to the Canadiens. Hawks will be just fine the unknown scrubs have been known to hawk fans for awhile so yeah the hawks will be fine and Ovie will spend another year without the only hardware that matters, the cup.

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