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Stanley Cup odds: Penguins 8/1 favorites, Blue Jackets 100/1 dogs

Jan 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Hey, remember NHL hockey? In case you forget how it works, 30 teams start the regular season, 16 make the playoffs and the team that wins is awarded something called the Stanley Cup. (It’s this big shiny thing and the guy that hands it out is much loved by all.)

Here are the 30 teams and their odds to win the Stanley Cup, courtesy online sports book Bovada.

Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1
New York Rangers 17/2
Vancouver Canucks 9/1
Los Angeles Kings 12/1
Philadelphia Flyers 12/1
Chicago Blackhawks 14/1
Boston Bruins 16/1
Detroit Red Wings 16/1
St. Louis Blues 16/1
Minnesota Wild 18/1
San Jose Sharks 20/1
Carolina Hurricanes 22/1
Washington Capitals 22/1
Buffalo Sabres 25/1
Edmonton Oilers 25/1
Nashville Predators 28/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 28/1
Montreal Canadiens 30/1
New Jersey Devils 30/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 30/1
Anaheim Ducks 40/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
Dallas Stars 40/1
Florida Panthers 40/1
Ottawa Senators 40/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1
Calgary Flames 50/1
Winnipeg Jets 50/1
New York Islanders 66/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1

In all seriousness, if I had to pick one team to put my money on, I’d go with…hmmm…the Washington Capitals at 22/1. Remember, this is about the odds as much as the team. At 22/1, I’m willing to risk that new coach Adam Oates finds the right balance between allowing his skill players to be creative in the offensive zone while maintaining a certain level of defensive awareness.

As for a bet I’d stay away from, I’ll actually pick two: the Blues (16/1) and the Wild (18/1). St. Louis still lacks the requisite scoring punch that most champions possess and Minnesota, as much as Ryan Suter should help, remains a bit too thin on the blue line for my liking.

  1. me6661973 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    You must be a delusional pens fan. I See how they got put out round one same will happen again. A

    • Jason Brough - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I actually don’t work for Bovada.

      • killerpgh - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Don’t blame him for his lack of reading comprehension skills. His school system (probably Philly) has let him down.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Wait a second you mean NHL Blogger Jason Brough isn’t the man setting the lines for Vegas?
        Well I for one am shocked

  2. mmcneels81 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I like your pick, J. Not just because I’m a Caps fan, but 22/1? That’s a great return for an obviously underrated team. I’d put my money on that as well.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Ya, defense will win the stanley cup this year in my opinion. The Caps have a mix of really good defense and goaltending with skilled players who can score. As teams will be looking to find their strides these kind of combinations could be enough to win it all with a shortened season. I like the odds better than vegas too which makes the Caps a great bet.

    • getadealdonealready - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Agreed that is a good number on the Caps, but disagree on the wild while 18/1 isn’t a great number they do have tons of young talent that is close to NHL ready at both the F and G position, so they should be able to sustain injuries to those two positions. With Brodin hurt they are a little thin at the bottom end of the D corp, but their top end D are solid and hopefully will be able to log some serious minutes.

  3. capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ler’s go Caps

  4. steelcity333 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    This doesn’t mean Vegas thinks the Pens will win the Cup, it means that Vegas feels that the population will think the Pens will win the Cup. Don’t go bashing the Pens and their fans, if you want bash anyone, bash the people who will bet that we will win the Cup. Even as a Pens fan, I don’t believe we should be the favorites.

    • mercyflush - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Don’t go bashing the Pens and their fans, if you want bash anyone, bash the people who will bet that we will win the Cup….

      … that is, Pens fans.

  5. romasko - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    These will be the longest 2 weeks of my life :(

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Nah. Free agency!

  6. capsrockva - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    This was the best news I’ve heard in a long time. Hockey’s back

    • aces79 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      i think fans should boycott the NHL

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        By reading and commenting on NHL blogs?

  7. gmenfan1982 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Let’s go Blueshirts!

  8. killerpgh - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Oilers at 25/1 is a bet I would not touch. Sharks at 20/1 would be one I would think about slapping a bet on.

    • caucasian1975 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      The oilers will finish ahead of the sharks in the reg season, and probably win a round.

  9. aces79 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Who Cares! I think NHL Fans should Boycott this season

  10. kyzslew77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    This Caps fan thinks Panthers at 40/1 has good value.

  11. stakex - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Someone needs to explain to me why the Pens are the odds on favorite yet again. They were the odds on favorite going into the first round last year… which was a joke in of itself, but again?

    They have Malkin, whos playing quite well in Russia. However Crosby hasn’t proven hes 100% yet, and now hes had another extended break from the game. Flury has been exposed for what he is…. a so-so goalie at best, and swiss cheese at worst. On top of that, the Pens have no defense… at all. You can not win a cup in this day and age without a solid goalie and a decent defense, and the Pens have neither and are the favorites? I pitty the sucker that takes that bet.

    For that matter, the Flyers are 12/1 is quite a joke as well for a lot of the same reasons. These front loaded run and gun teams just don’t have a good chance to win the cup anymore. They can light it up during the regular season, and its very entertaining when they play eachother…. but when they come up against a solid defense and good goaltending in the playoffs they get routed. Its shocking to me the odds makers don’t get that.

    • steelcity333 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I agree. Like I said before even as a Pens fan I don’t understand it either. The defense isn’t as bad as it was in the playoffs. They had a bad 6 games. They were pretty good, as was Fleury, throughout the entire year. But when you have two of the best players in the league along with one of the best defenseman in the league, you’ll always be a favorite.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Jan 6, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        As a Pens fan myself, I don’t like seeing us ranked that high again. Ugh.

    • sizzle299 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      I don’t get the odds for the Flyers either, and I root for them. Goalies way beatable and I defense that makes me throw up in my mouth due to injuries and old age. Their system does not compensate for their weaknesses either, so its not looking good. Hope I am wrong, and that’s why they play games, but let’s call it for what it is. Pens stink by the way, my money would be on LA to repeat

  12. capsfan19 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Id put rags over pens. Rangers are going to be a terrifying team to play. Theyve been getting better and better.
    Buuuuttt i do appreciate the tip of the hat to the caps :P

    • barkar942 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      The Rangers with Lundqvist only having a 50 game season going into the playoffs could make them unstoppable. However, I do believe that the Caps have finally found their #1 to totally build around. Holtby is really good.

  13. leeo00 - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    have you not been keeping up with the khl Jason? blues have Tarasenko , he has 33 points in 33 game . he had a 4 point game to end Dec . We also finished sec last year in our conference without him . not saying there goin to win the cup but you can’t tell me that theres not a chance ! your not lookin at the same team from the last lockout so wake up

    • caucasian1975 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Tarasenko will be in hitchs doghouse all year and be lucky to finish the year in stl

  14. kiopta1 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Go Wings!

  15. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  16. bricktop02 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I think the NHL should boycott aces79.LETS GO FLYERS!!!

  17. capesouth - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Oh I missed this banter…

    • capesouth - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      and from a personally biased perspective, I think some forget how dominant the Bruins were at periods last year…now they have Hamilton and Horton back as well as no distractions from TT. Watch out now!

      • heshutziscores - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        and McQuaid back

      • rosettast0ned - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Not to mention they are stacked defensively, Seguin is maturing into one of the better players in the league, they have a dynamite center in Patrice Bergeron who has proven he is a very well rounded player (Selke Trophy), and they have the muscle and grit in guys like Lucic and Thronton. And Brad Marchand does a pretty good job of getting under opponents skin as well as having decent amount of scoring ability. If they could learn to capitalize on the power-play life would be great. In my opinion most of the Bruins success this season depends on whether or not Rask can step up and fill Tim Thomas’s shoes. Politics and distractions aside Thomas is/was a hell of a goalie.

  18. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I would like to thank Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr along with Scott (mediator) for their hard work. It’s inspiring to see two parties work through the night until 4:40 AM for the fans. It usually takes despair measurements for difficult times to finish a job. Thank you! Both gentlemen did very well for their constituents. The FANS won.

  19. t16rich - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Come on. Yotes should be higher than that. Especially coming off a conference finals. In my opinion at least. Leafs at 30/1 is laughable. Just who is their starting goalie again?

  20. govtminion - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Since we’re all being homers and declaring our team will win it… I’d take Boston as good odds, depending on goaltending. Thomas is done (as in, here’s your cash, GTFO), so how the Rask/Khubodin combo does, the Bruins are as good everywhere else as any other team. With two question marks in goal- Khubodin’s experience and Rask’s groin- that will decide how far the B’s go. If Rask stays healthy… I can’t think of a reason they won’t be right there in the hunt.

  21. tommyt39 - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    One word, WILD!

  22. rushledger - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    As a pens fan I’d say 1/12 sounds more reasonable and realistic for the odds.

  23. stepasidesue - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I don’t think there should be a stanley cup this year. They should have to play a full season. It’s not fair to previous winners.

  24. bladesofsteal - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Tampa at 28/1 is the bet. They were in the conference finals two years ago and got horrific goaltending last year. Stamkos is now two years older, St. Louis is rested, and they should have better goaltending from Lindback.

  25. herc883 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I’m a Flyers fan and as much as I want to see the Flyers win the cup… I don’t want to see it this year. Whatever team wins, there will always be an asterisk beside it and it will be a point where the haters of that franchise and fans can always jump on.

    • killerpgh - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Why? You still have to win 16 playoffs games. The NHL season hasn’t always been 82 regular season game long.

      • caucasian1975 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        Agree, nobody has ever said anything about the devils first cup

  26. jhuck92 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    The Penguins are always the favorites, but they always get knocked out (literally). My big question for the Pens: Will Malkin come back? Crosby is good, no doubt, but Malkin carried them while Sid recovered from a concussion.
    And the Caps are in the same predicament: Will Ovechkin come back after vowing to stay in his native KHL if there is a decrease in pay? If that franchise has a chance of winning the cup, Ovechkin has to do it for them.

  27. judahbenhur - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    With more than three months extra rest for the Stanley Cup Champions I believe they have to be the favorite to repeat. Their physical style is aided greatly by the extra recovery time and the shortened season.

  28. dannymac17 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Of course, they are shafting the reigning champs.

    Kings will repeat.

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