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Bodog tabs the Vancouver Canucks as the favorites to win the 2012 Stanley Cup

Jun 16, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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Chin up, Vancouver Canucks fans.

Sure, your team came just one win short of their first-ever Stanley Cup victory. OK, your city is reeling from the ugly riots that broke out last night (although at least one couple had some shameless fun, I guess). And yes, you might be doubting your franchise goalie and those talented Sedin twins, who sported identically ugly -4 ratings in Game 7.

That being said, the odds are on your side, at least if you ask the people at Bodog. They gave the Canucks the highest odds of winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 (5/1) and placed the defending champion Boston Bruins in second place (8/1 – feel free to share your agreement or disagreement with that prediction in this poll). The Washington Capitals (17/2), Philadelphia Flyers (9/1) and Pittsburgh Penguins (9/1) rounded out the top five.

Here’s the full list, if you’re the curious and/or betting type. (Sorry Panthers fans.)

Odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup

Vancouver Canucks                    5/1
Boston Bruins                              8/1
Washington Capitals                  17/2
Philadelphia Flyers                    9/1
Pittsburgh Penguins                  9/1
San Jose Sharks                         9/1
Detroit Red Wings                     12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning                12/1
Chicago Blackhawks                   15/1
Los Angeles Kings                      16/1
Anaheim Ducks                           22/1
Montreal Canadiens                    22/1
Buffalo Sabres                              25/1
Nashville Predators                    25/1
New Jersey Devils                      30/1
Phoenix Coyotes                         35/1
Calgary Flames                           35/1
Carolina Hurricanes                   35/1
Dallas Stars                                 35/1
New York Rangers                     35/1
St. Louis Blues                            45/1
Toronto Maple Leafs                 60/1
Ottawa Senators                        60/1
Colorado Avalanche                   65/1
Edmonton Oilers                        70/1
Minnesota Wild                          70/1
New York Islanders                  70/1
Winnipeg                                     80/1
Columbus Blue Jackets             90/1
Florida Panthers                       125/1

  1. homelanddefense - Jun 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    I would have Pitt higher, they were without Crosby and Malkin down the stretch and were still dangerous this year.

    • sknut - Jun 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      While thats true its always a tricky thing with concussions, I am sure their odds will increase once Crosby gets back on the ice.

      I wonder who the odds on favorites were at the end of last years finals. I would think Pittsburg or Philly.

  2. warpstonebc - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    I’m surprised. Vancouver faces more roster upheaval than Boston. One of their top 4 d-men is probably going to leave and they need to desperately improve their 2nd line (Mikael Samuelsson is not a long term solution).

    Certainly the core of the Canucks remains strong, but I thought Boston would be a lock for top pick.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      I think its because many people feel the Bruins are a very good (not great) team that got hot at the right time. Im guessing they dont think they can replicate that next year. Plus Thomas cant the THAT good again can he?

      • warpstonebc - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        I guess that makes sense. Though, the Bruins are built and coached to be the quintessential chippy playoff team. Their regular season doesn’t count, because they’ll always have an advantage when the calls get looser in the post-season.

        It’s why I find rankings like this to be so much BS. Very few teams that are good on paper have the physical and mental make-up to go deep into the playoffs.

        With all due respect, how do the Sharks and Caps keep getting the oddmaker’s picks when their star power gets pulled apart in the playoffs? I can see them having a small advantage but not enough to warrant a large spread between their odds and blue-collar teams like the Predators.

  3. polegojim - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Odds are…. DON’T bet on it.

    The Canucks ‘one game from the Stanley Cup’ effort…or horrendous lack thereof…. left many more Vancouver DOUBTS than believers.

  4. Chris Ross - Jun 17, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    The game was just not a good one for the Vancouver Canucks. I think it showed in the end that the Bruins really deserved the cup more than the Canucks even though Vancouver was supposed to be the better team. If they were the better team they sure didn’t show it by getting shalacked in 4 out of the 7 games. Not being able to score any goals, no matter how good a goalie is playing, is absolutely inexcusable. Canuck fans at Rogers Arena wanted a reason to cheer in game 7 and they didn’t get one. It was a sad way to end an unbelievable season for the Vancouver Canucks. It’s going to be interesting to see how they react in the off-season.

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