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Latest Stanley Cup odds see Minnesota and Carolina’s chances improve

Aug 2, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Getty Images

At the conclusion of the Stanley Cup finals, online gambling site Bovada put out their initial odds to win the 2013 Stanley Cup. That list saw the Penguins as the early leader to lift the Cup and after their latest update that’s still the case, but we’ve seen some changes thanks to trades and free agency.

Minnesota made their big splash signing both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter and thanks to that they went from being 75/1 shots to win it all to 18/1. Carolina went from 50/1 odds to 22/1 thanks to landing Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin while the New York Rangers saw a mild improvement thanks to acquiring Rick Nash going from 12/1 to 9/1.

Oddly enough, the biggest improvement in odds outside of Minnesota belonged to Edmonton. The Oilers went from 60/1 shots to win the Cup to 30/1. Who knew Nail Yakupov was that much of a difference maker?

It’s not all sunshine and roses, however, as Nashville went from 18/1 shots to 25/1 after losing Suter. Just think of how bad it would’ve been had they not matched Shea Weber‘s offer sheet from Philly.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were already a bad bet the first time around at 75/1 but after dealing Nash to New York, their odds got longer at 100/1, the worst in the league.

Here’s the rest of the updated odds for your entertainment only purposes perusal with what they were on June 12 in parenthesis.

Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1 (7/1)
New York Rangers 9/1 (12/1)
Vancouver Canucks 11/1 (12/1)
Los Angeles Kings 12/1 (11/1)
Philadelphia Flyers 13/1 (14/1)
Chicago Blackhawks 14/1 (12/1)
Detroit Red Wings 15/1 (12/1)
Boston Bruins 16/1 (14/1)
St. Louis Blues 16/1 (12/1)
Minnesota Wild 18/1 (75/1)
San Jose Sharks 20/1 (22/1)
Buffalo Sabres 22/1 (25/1)
Carolina Hurricanes 22/1 (50/1)
Nashville Predators 25/1 (18/1)
Tampa Bay Lightning 25/1 SAME
Washington Capitals 25/1 SAME
New Jersey Devils 28/1 (30/1)
Edmonton Oilers 30/1 (60/1)
Toronto Maple Leafs 35/1 SAME
Florida Panthers 40/1 (35/1)
Anaheim Ducks 40/1 (25/1)
Colorado Avalanche 40/1 SAME
Montreal Canadiens 40/1 (60/1)
Ottawa Senators 40/1 SAME
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1 SAME
Calgary Flames 50/1 SAME
Dallas Stars 50/1 (40/1)
Winnipeg Jets 50/1 (40/1)
New York Islanders 75/1 SAME
Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1 (75/1)

  1. hockinj25 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Were’t the Penguins 4/1 favorites at the beginning of the playoffs? That didn’t work out too well.

    • windmiller4 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Oh shlt man do you realize you could’ve just started another Philly Pittsburgh fight?? This might not end well…

    • crosberries - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Does anyone or any team actually care what the odds maker put whoever at?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        I suppose the person who bets according to these odds would…

      • funnyman549 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        Only the person going to Vegas to bet on whomever. (for entertainment purposes only).

      • lordfletcher - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        I placed my bet with Bovada at 75/1 odds about two months ago (?) on a $100 bet for the Wild to win, just on the chance they would get both Suter and Parise / make another deadline deal…. I do not think they will win the cup, but I love my chances right now of winning $7500 on a $100 bet.

        we shall see what happens, but I feel as if the playoffs will be VERY INTENSE for me this season (pending they make em)

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Yes, the Jets somehow got worse after adding Olli, Poni, and Montoya. Not to mention the Leafs somehow have better odds as well. Silly.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      That’s because these odds have very little to do with who they think will actually win and more to do with who people are betting on. Example: Minnesota opened at 75 to 1, they signed 2 players and lots of people started betting on them, in order to even things out the casino lowered the odds.

      The Jets weren’t getting the action on them so the bookmakers raised their odds to encourage more people to put some money down on them.

      The casinos (and odds) don’t care who wins, they’re just interested in limiting their possible exposure on whoever does win and maximizing their revenue from the teams that don’t.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Yeah, I learned that later on when it was posted on another forum. Which leads me to another question: why the heII isn’t anyone betting on the Jets? There’s just no love…

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      I’d bet on them to make the playoffs, but I’m not sure I’d be ready to bet on them to win the cup yet. With that being said as a Flames fan I obviously remember their run in 04 and the hated Oilers run in 06, nobody would have picked either of those teams before the season so who knows? That city, in particular downtown by the arena, will be insane if they make a run!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Lol I was keeding. I have no illusions about Winnipeg’s chances in the SCP. I can see them getting in but if they have to face either Pennsylvania team, NYR or Boston, I wouldn’t have much hope for them. With any luck they’ll finish 1st in the SE and face Ottawa or Florida or something.

  3. charleslouis99 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    why are the blackhawks so high on this list they’re not that great, Crawford wont get them anywhere

    • trbowman - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      They’ve got a sieve in net and no depth. Overrated hockey club.

      • trbowman - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        I’m hoping Ray Emery can have a sort of resurgence of sorts and steal the job from Crawford.

        I guess I can understand the Flyers odds – that’s a strong team, but I’d be shocked to see them win a cup with Sievegalov in goal.

      • charleslouis99 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        I’m kindve a ray Emery fan myself just because of the way he has comeback even though I’m a blues fan I have no idea why Anaheim didn’t resign him a couple years back

  4. lopo - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Let me get this straight, teams that have added more skill somehow have better odds? We and the media have yet to see how those new players will play with each other let alone their new team and coaches. yawn.

  5. pithockey - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    3 of top 5 are from the Atlantic… I bet winner is NYR… Wish it was Pittsburgh but if they pick up Doan they might have a shot

  6. chubbedjox - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    As usual, The Franchise is ranked at the top spot. The hockey world knows who has the most firepower and thickest/girthiest captain, Soup Can Sid. Cant wait till he hoists the cup over his stallion-like shoulders this season and Filly is left looking back @ 1975 of such video.

  7. pithockey - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Here we go again…..

  8. joewilliesshnoz - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Looks good to me !

  9. stakex - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    A team with bad defense, a terrible goalie, and a lack of depth at forward is the odds on favorite? What a joke that is.

    • miketoasty - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      As much as I hate this “Soup Can Army” crap, you’re an idiot. The Pens have two goalies, both of which should be starters (One has a cup), great depth on defense, and 2 of the best forwards in the league. I don’t think they should be number one but definitely in the top 5.

  10. trbowman - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I think the worst thing about the list is the Sens odds. The Leafs and Oilers are ahead of them? Get real. They should at least be 22/1

  11. pgpcbuild - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Shane Doan to Vancouver makes Vancouver #1:)

  12. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Have you ever wondered why a fighters odds will go from 7 to 1 to 5 to 2 the day of the fight? That’s cause it’s in relation to who people are betting on that’s exactly what is happening here. The odds have been adjusted based on who people are and aren’t betting on. The bookmakers odds are never to pick a winner (they don’t care!) but to maximize betting on all teams in a way that will limit their exposure with whoever wins and maximize profits from everyone else.

  13. dannymac17 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I dont see how the Kings are not the favorite. They really bought into Sutters system.

    i would imagine they have the best shot to get back to the cup.

    • rekrem - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Makes no difference. They were 50/1 last year.

  14. mclovinhockey - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    This is shocking. Honestly, the rangers are the only team in the Atlantic that got better and that was at a cost of a bit of depth. The pens and flyers both took a bit of a fall. Rags should have the best chances by far.

  15. pensswag91 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    I find it funny how that no matter what atwater posts regarding the reason for these odds, people still are awestruck at the odds. The Pen’s odds are generated to minimize lost money; if they start to bomb this season their odds will go down because of fewer bets made on them. If you want a more reliable measure of a team’s favorability, just look at professional power rankings. Why does PHT not have a power rankings section?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      Exactly! People take this as some sort of Vegas power rankings, it’s pretty much a Vegas guide to getting people to bet money.

  16. caps4cup - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Caps should be top 5 be bruins and took rangers to 7 games

  17. chubbedjox - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Its no wonder that the odds in Cros-Vegas hav The Franchise at number 1. I mean, who else did everyone here expect?! I doubt Soup Can even loses a game this year. We are the Greatest Franchise EVER. PERIOD. I kno its hard for some of u losers here on crosby hockey talk to swallow, but just face reality. SOUP CAN DESTROYS UR SLUTTY DAUGHTERS SLITS!!

  18. pariseinminnesotabichez - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Ye buddy GO WILD!!!!!

  19. pariseinminnesotabichez - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Minnesota > Pittsburgh get used to it

  20. slickvb82 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM


  21. wuzupdawk - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    “Oddly enough, the biggest improvement in odds outside of Minnesota belonged to Edmonton. The Oilers went from 60/1 shots to win the Cup to 30/1. Who knew Nail Yakupov was that much of a difference maker?”

    He wasn’t. At the end of the playoffs, Yakupov was almost certainly going to be the Oilers’ pick anyway, so nothing changed there. What did change, however, were two other things – well actually three:

    1. Justin Schultz chose Edmonton over every other city in which to begin his NHL career.
    2. Tom Renney’s contract was not renewed
    3. Assistant Ralph Kreuger was promoted to Head Coach

    What the oddsmakers may have also considered is that Tambellini didn’t make any bonehead free agent signings or trades. Besides Yakupov and Schultz, the core of Edmonton’s roster has not significantly changed, which should help the team gel this season. Are the Oilers going to win the Stanley Cup? Certainly not at 30:1, which I believe are reasonable odds, but they’ll be a great team to watch.

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