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Penguins are early favorites to win 2013 Stanley Cup

Jun 12, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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The season has barely been over for 12 hours, but one online gambling site has the jump on who they believe are the Stanley Cup favorites for next season. laid out their odds on who they believe have the best shot at raising Lord Stanley’s Cup next June and the Los Angeles Kings aren’t at the top of the list. Instead it’s Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins they’re giving the best odds to with a 7/1 shot of winning it all. The Kings, meanwhile, are the next best bet at 11/1. The Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils shake out at 30/1.

Five teams check in as the third-best bets at 12/1. Chicago, Detroit, the Rangers, Vancouver, and St. Louis get the nod there. Perhaps those guys haven’t heard about how Roberto Luongo might wind up somewhere else next year. Then again, maybe they’ve already taken that into account.

Here’s the full rundown of odds:

Pittsburgh: 7/1

Los Angeles: 11/1

Chicago, NY Rangers, Detroit, St. Louis, Vancouver: 12/1

Boston, Philadelphia: 14/1

Nashville: 18/1

San Jose: 22/1

Anaheim, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Washington: 25/1

New Jersey: 30/1

Florida, Toronto: 35/1

Colorado, Dallas, Ottawa, Phoenix, Winnipeg: 40/1

Calgary, Carolina: 50/1

Edmonton, Montreal: 60/1

Columbus, Minnesota, NY Islanders: 75/1

The Capitals’ odds seem a bit harsh. Apparently a team without a coach and an unsure direction might not be a great gamble.

  1. sewell1977 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Haven’t they learned their lesson yet?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Maybe that got the odds confused with first team to go bankrupt !

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      They’re Vegas odds. It would be silly to put any stock in it.

      Are there things to like about Pittsburgh? Certainly – two outstanding centers as well as another strong center who if he isn’t in a Pittsburgh uniform next year will likely have brought back some solid pieces in return. A lot of scoring talent from the likes of Neal, Kunitz, and the like. A smart and savvy head coach who’s done it before.

      Are there things to be worried about? Certainly – will the addition of Vokun allow Fleury to rest more often? Was being overworked even the reason he was inconsistent? Has the defense that has been a strength for the majority of the last two seasons lost its identity?

      The fact of the matter is this – its Vegas. The longer they have odds open for something, the more bets can be put down and the more money they can collect. They’ve got to start somewhere. Is Pittsburgh on top the right choice? You could make an argument – but I would say arguing over this is reallllly dumb.

    • jkjj1 - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:34 AM

      Pens will destroy this year, especially the DUMB FLYERS!!! Theynot only do noy have a goaltender but not even a team that could compete in the minore. lol !!!!!!!!! They are a bunch of “ladies”.

  2. broadstbully33 - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    hahahahhahahahahaha until the best player in the world single handedly beats them again

    • crosberries - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      You mean nickelback loving limp wrist?

  3. itsallniceonice - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Hmm don’t really understand how Boston and Philadelphia have worse odds than Chicago or St. Louis. My initial thought was goaltending, but uhh Chicago?

  4. obamablowz - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Now where have I heard this before?

  5. philly4lyfe - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Is this a joke?

    • crosberries - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      You cup drought is a joke

      • letangusespertplus - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Got em with the ole 37 and counting

  6. daniel10017 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Pleeaase! The window for Pittsburgh has closed. The author doesn’t remember that they got destroyed by the Flyers. In fact I will wager that Dan Blysma will be the first coach fired next season when they get off to a slow start. Oh yeah…I forgot, the Penguins don’t have any goaltending either. Doesn’t anyone know that Fluery is legally blind.

    • crosberries - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      I has nothing to do with the author you moron it’s an online book keeping agency.

  7. kotteintheslot - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    The season isn’t over a full day and already pht manages to talk about the penguins…

  8. blues1988 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    blues baby! tarasenko and schwartz playin all year next year is gonna be HUGE. we got dominated by the champs but i think we can return next year even stronger w/ some very young talent that now has playoff experience.

  9. letangusespertplus - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM


  10. flyers22 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    hahaha whos the retard who picked them to be the favorites have they forgotten that philly has the new face of the nhl?

    nuff said

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      didnt know the face of the NHL gets 1 point in 5 games and suspended in the 2nd round.

      • letangusespertplus - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Didn’t know winning AH series was “nuff said”

        Maybe they should trade G and he can win a cup two years from now.

      • wicky888 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Imagine you posting that. You are like a broken record. Why don’t you sit the next few posts out and think of some new sh!t to say, and we’ll see you back here say ……. next week?

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        broken record would be if I brought up 1975. Don’t hate because I state facts you can’t refute. Tell me did you celebrate with LA last night because seeing all those ex flyers lift the cup is the closest you have come to a championship in your life.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      philly shouldve kept their old face, carter, richards, and gagne get the last laugh i guess huh?

  11. govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Remember a few weeks ago, when this year’s playoffs started, and all of the media outlets and such said it was Pittsburgh’s Cup this year?

    For those who haven’t had internet for a couple of months, welcome back- the Penguins didn’t get out of the first round.

    I’m not saying they’re a bad team by any means. But if these same organizations can’t predict any better than that two months from the Cup being awarded… why the hell would I listen to them a YEAR away from the next one? The Penguins may very well win it- or it could be Detroit, or Boston, or San Jose, or damn near anyone- predicting it now just makes you look like a jackass when you’re wrong later.

    • letangusespertplus - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Are you always so salty? It’s betting odds, lighten up brah.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      hey, just so you know, most people were picking LA to win it this year and they did.

  12. phntomsoul - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Who put these odds together? I’m absolutely convinced that the commercial promoters of the NHL just want to see Crosby raise a cup. That’s going to be tough, even for Crosby, being in the most competitive division in the NHL, consistently sending 4 of its 5 teams into the playoffs. When you have to play 18 of your regular season games against the Flyers, Devils, and Rangers, it will put any team at a significant disadvantage going into the playoffs. Add to that a good chance of encountering at least one of the 3 in the playoffs themselves (maybe even 2), I think Pittsburgh’s chances are highly overstated.

  13. miketoasty - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Damn it, well another first round loss for us again. Thanks Vegas, assholes.

  14. mclovinhockey - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Hahaha Boston and Philly have a much better chance than the hawks and blues. Blues need to resign like half the team, hawks need a lot. Pens are going to be different next year… Staal will be gone

  15. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Philly should not have kept carter and Richards. They would have had to CARRRY the team. If you watched flyers hockey you would know they are not capable of that especially carter. Richards got the C and was weighed down by it. Much better being one of the guys. Carter will score goals,wont lead,won’t hit,won’t kill a penalty, won’t forecheck,back check. Their perfect where their at. If anything Flyers were at fault thinking they were more than they are, luckily so did others and we got something in return. Love gagne but don’t think he did much since he left. In Philly they were the face, in LA they were depth. Without Quick this is all moot

    • drunkbro - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      carter was on the 2nd line pk unit killing penalties all playoffs with richards

  16. dannymac17 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    this is one of the few times ive seen a sports betting open the day after a championship has been decided that the winner of that championship wasnt pegged to take it again the next year

    oh well

    go kings!

  17. martysbetter - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Oh hey, look, all the Philly and Pitt posters are back from hiding in the shadows…

    • modogg42 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      doesn’t take long for these articles to go south. And i have to say i really do not like the Devils, despise them quite a bit (I am a Flyers fan), but having them closer to the bottom half after they just got finished with the finals is pretty disrespectful. I know odds often do not have much to do with facts but rather who will put their money where, but having the Devils at 30/1 seems awfully silly considering the run they had

  18. tmoore4075 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    How is anyone the favorite? No one has made any moves yet. Maybe wait until oh I dunno at least August when teams have made moves to see who is the odds on favorite to win…?

  19. sjshark714 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    How are my Sharks still ANYWHERE near the top of that list… I hope they win… but damn did they look pitiful this year. Can’t I at least get some better odds?

  20. quizguy66 - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Leafs at 35-1 and the Devils at 30-1. Ooookay.


  21. ironcity6pak - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    This is a stupid post and funny how its always the flyer fans that have everything to say since they won the cup this year and last year and the year before that. Ha, that sounds like this post.

    • wicky888 - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Penguins fans do it on our articles too, its a fun game we play. Gotta do something to pass the time until next season.

  22. stakex - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    We’ve heard this song before… in fact we heard it a couple months ago just before the Pens were strait up man handled in the first round. People should have learned a ton from not only the Pens being blown out, but by how the rest of the playoffs shaped up. There are huge reasons to think the Pens not only won’t win the cup next year, but are probably destined for another first round blowout. Their lack of defense in a league where defense wins championships, a middle of the pack goalie at best, and huge question marks hanging over their top two players not the least of them. To that last point no one knows if Crosby will be able to play injury free hockey, and Malkin has had huge let downs after big seasons in the past… can he avoid that this year?

    I actually think the Rangers are just as likely to win the cup next season as Pens, if not more so. Both teams are going to have a hard time since the East is likely to be tough as all hell this year… but look at the facts: The Rangers actually were the top seed in the East this year. They made it to the ECF instead of getting blown out in the first round. Most of their players are still under contract. Their goalie is far better. Their defense is far better. The Rangers have a weaker offense, however the addition of Kreider and possibly another top player (Parise/Nash?) will make the Rangers an offenseive threat none the less. The only area the Pens really top the Rangers is in offense, and as we know… offense alone does not win the Cup (just ask Washington).

    So really, I wouldn’t lay down big money on the Pens….

  23. heyzeus143 - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Paul Martin doesn’t believe in statistics

  24. ballsohardu - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    this has to be a joke…Sabres fan… I would love to see anybody win the cup over the pens anyday…I just hate crosby…

    i cant see Sid playing a full season ever again…too delicate…

    pens also lost faith in fleury signing vokoun…its going to be a LONG season in pittsburgh

  25. dsg1616 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    This is great news!!! These guys are always smarter than me and I had already written my blackhawks off for next year.

    Guess i’ll re-arrange my schedule for next season. Or should I.

  26. flyguys26 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Blows my mind. Two days after LA hoists the cup they aren’t considered the favorites to win next year? I’m not even an LA fan and I think that’s a bit harsh. In no way shape or form should Pittsburgh be considered the favorite. They have some great players but were bounced in the first round this off season. Prior to any off season moves, it should be; LA, NJ, Nashville, NYR, St. Louis, Pitt and then maybe Philly.

  27. wheresdapuck - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    If Alexander Semin joins the Pens, they gain some significant skill, but I suspect salary cap is the Pens biggest issue!

  28. manchestermiracle - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Just like in horse racing these are preliminary odds. Depending on how the bookmaking goes these current odds could be quite different in just a couple of weeks, let alone by next season.If your favorite team has long odds, but you still like their chances (and like to bet your hard-earned money), get your bet in now. Should your team do well the odds it will win it all will climb and you won’t get the same long-shot deal on a bet. This is such a crapshoot I think I’d rather lose my dough playing the lottery. It’s still fun to read the commentary on here….

  29. puckyouall - Jun 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    This speculation is pretty much nonsense at this time of the year. It’s just an activity for the brain dead (witnessed by some of the comments on here)
    More importantly, I want the NHL to tell me why I should give a crap about the first 82 games, when as the Kings proved, all you have to do is get in. All that BS about getting in as third seed, fourth….what a bunch of garbage. So why waste my time, energy and money on paying attention to the regular season? Tell me NHL, WHY?

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