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Who would you bet on to win the Stanley Cup?

Feb 28, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

Now that the trade deadline has passed and rosters are what they are, let’s take a look at Bodog’s odds to win the Stanley Cup and see what the bookies think about each team’s chances:


Three thoughts:

—- Interesting that Vancouver is getting shorter odds than Boston. You’d think the Bruins would be the favorites if the two teams met in a rematch, and most people believe it’ll be harder to come out of the West than the East. Of course, a book also has to consider its exposure, and perhaps Bodog’s clientele comprises more Canucks fans than B’s fans.

—- Nashville at 18/1 is tempting. Everyone knows the Predators are tough to play against, but not everyone’s noticed they can score now. The Preds rank 10th in goals per game (2.78) and boast the league’s No. 2 power play. Throw in the three trade-deadline acquisitions and they’re legitimate Cup contenders.

—- Of all the long shots, Washington and Los Angeles might be the only ones that can actually win it all. The wild card for the Capitals is Nicklas Backstrom, currently on long-term injured reserved with a concussion. If he’s not done for the season — and yes, he easily could be — the Caps arguably have the highest ceiling of all the teams with odds above 30/1.

If you had $100 that you absolutely had to bet, where would you put it?

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I’d put my money on a Bruins/Canucks rematch but I would never bet on Vancouver.

  2. solador78 - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    FYI: Bodog was just seized by the Feds.

    The smart money is on whichever American team is playing against a Canadian team in the finals.

    • jdubs21 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      So true. It could be a super team of all Canadian teams and players, and the Canadian team would lose every single time. Thanks Gary Bettman

    • blomfeld - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      friend … I agree with your analysis … I’d also like to offer you the following, of the LA Kings practice this morning in Minnesota …

      • solador78 - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Dude, it’s time for some new videos.

  3. vanchuk - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Where’s Columbus??? I’d bet $1 at a billion to one odds…

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      haven’t they already been eliminated from the playoffs?

  4. govtminion - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Granted I’m a homer, but I can’t find a reason to bet against Tim Thomas in the playoffs.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      What if Congress does something else he doesn’t like and he gets distracted?

      • rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        The team Boston plays against should just have their press bombard him with question after question about his politics. He doesn’t seem to like that.

      • govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:33 AM

        A-HA! I thought ahead on that! See, I think that’s when Congress is on their summer break! So no problem there. And he won’t end up having to come back to Washington and all of those distractions, because the Capitals are terrible and won’t make the playoffs anyway. So we should be golden!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Of course. How naive of me to think they would have to be working in June like everyone else.

  5. rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I’d probably bet on the Wings, but….

    St. Louis has a pretty decent return at 12/1, and are damn good at home. They’ve only lost 5 times in 2012, despite playing in the toughest division, and Halak has shown he can lock it down in the playoffs.

    • jdubs21 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      I’m a Canucks fan and out of the west I think it will be Van, Det, Nsh and StL. Good team that’s pretty quiet that you have there.

      • rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        I’m not actually a Blues fan, but I do like the way they play and appreciate how they built the team. Plus, Hitchcock knows his sh*t, with two finals appearances and one ring, and also made it to conference finals another two times.

        They’ve lost a ton of players to injury over the season but kept getting better. They seem to be getting healthy now. I’d say if you’re talking dark-horse candidate, they got a good chance.

        But as far as the favorites go, Detroit is still Detroit.

  6. ktboston - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    I would love to see Vancouver burn the city down again

    • haterzgonahate - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      if a couple of car fires is considered “burning down the city” then i can only imagine the number of big American cities that get “burned down” on a regular basis

  7. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    I would never bet on Vancouver till they prove to me that they can win it…. Not to mention I think any team that enters the western playoffs can win it all. It is pretty solid top to bottom and if the Ducks sneak into the #8 seed, they’ll knock off the Nucks in 5 games!

  8. sportsfreak13 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    If Crosby comes back do the penguins odds go up?

    • hockinj25 - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM

      That’s a really big if

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        if lemieux can beat cancer, Crosby can beat concussions.

  9. ruddigervancity - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM


  10. mathieug79 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    I would be the New York Ranger, for one reason only, King Henrik

    • mathieug79 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM


      • rsl22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

        There’s a pretty good chance the Rags will face the Caps in the first round…

        Granted the availability of Backstrom is a huge question mark, but Ludqvist’s numbers against the Caps in the Rangers’ last two postseasons have been pretty marginal.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        he’s a different goalie now, the rangers are now a different team, they are confident and know they can beat anyone. I think they will come out on top, but thats just my opinion

    • terminalcityhockey - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      In fairness, King Henrik has only ever won 2 playoff series… And only one of those wasn’t against the Thrashers.

      • mathieug79 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        yeah but I think when it comes to playoff if you can rely on your goalies alone (most of his shutouts are between 20-25 saves) his defencemen are now much stronger.

  11. govtminion2 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Boston hasn’t been the same team since Timmy opened his mouth about hating America. Bet smart and take the Franchise. Soupcan is days away from coming back, so take these odds while they last

  12. knicks4life - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Islanders two great forwards and a hot goalie

  13. kitshky - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Strictly speaking as a gambler (not that I am of course …*cough*cough) there’s some pretty tantalizing odds from Pitts to Phoenix.

  14. vshehane - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:43 PM


  15. vshehane - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Timmy never said a word about hating America, that was your Flotus.

  16. ikillchicken - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I’d put my money on Nashville. Not because they’re most likely to win but because I believe their chances are way better than the odds they’re running at.

    • scottybcboy - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Agreed. Preds are by far the best value bet.

    • hockinj25 - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      I don’t like them but I’d have to agree. Their only problem is inexperience having never made it past the 1st round

  17. soupy19 - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I’m kinda surprised there is no love for Los Angeles. I know they are last in the NHL in scoring. But are they really that bad? I actually see a lot of similarities in Boston and LA. Great goal tending. Good defense. Gritty. Likes to hit. And just enough scoring to win. And say what you will about Darryl Sutter. He has playoff success. At 35-1 odds, I’m gonna throw down $100. I just hope Bodog is still in existence come June!

  18. blomfeld - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    “KINGS CROWNED 2011-2012 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS !” … Bloomberg Sports

    Friends … I’ve seriously had a “vision” here and this is the headline which I see all over the press on June 12th of this year ! … our beloved LA Kings finally win the Stanley Cup ! … and Coach Sutter is given the keys to the City of Angels ! Now I realize that to many, this may sound a bit far-fetched and perhaps even comical ? But I’ll level with you people … this “is” what I see and I am usually right about these things. I’m not a medicine man, a psychic, or anything like that. Rather, I’m just a decent, hard-working, values-driven, tax-paying Canadian man who loves the LA Kings and possesses an innate ability to sense “that which will happen” … so please don’t get angry at me if my vision becomes reality.

    *** 5 very excellent reasons to put $100.00 on the LA KIngs ***

    1) best 1-2 goal-tending tandem in the league !

    2) most “potentially” explosive offense in the league !

    3) most “potentially” explosive blue-line in the league !

    4) best coached team in the league, under the guidance of Comrade Sutter !

    5) by far the “coolest” looking uniforms in the league ! … not to mention our chicks !

    do the right thing friend and “denounce” whichever team it is that you currently support ! … you may have noticed that we Kings are now on a charge (eg: tonight we liquidated Minnesota 4-0) and so we could sure use your help ! … so pick up a musket and “fall in” right now with the rest of us … we’re headed for victory ! :) :) :) :) :) :)

  19. philsosexy - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Edmonton, go big or go home boys

  20. dropthepuckeh - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Rangers beating Nashville. Not that I want it.

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