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Online bookmaker: Blackhawks are 6/1 Stanley Cup favorites

Jul 29, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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With minimal roster losses from its Stanley Cup-winning team, the Chicago Blackhawks have a real shot at becoming the first repeat champion in the NHL since the Detroit Red Wings went back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

In fact, online bookmaker Bovada thinks the ‘Hawks have the best Cup chances of all 30 teams in 2013-14.

Following is the full list of odds:

Chicago Blackhawks 6/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 13/2
Boston Bruins 10/1
Los Angeles Kings 12/1
St. Louis Blues 12/1
Detroit Red Wings 16/1
Vancouver Canucks 16/1
San Jose Sharks 18/1
Edmonton Oilers 20/1
Minnesota Wild 20/1
New York Rangers 20/1
Anaheim Ducks 22/1
Montreal Canadiens 25/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 25/1
Washington Capitals 25/1
Philadelphia Flyers 28/1
New York Islanders 33/1
Ottawa Senators 33/1
Carolina Hurricanes 40/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 40/1
Dallas Stars 40/1
New Jersey Devils 40/1
Nashville Predators 50/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 50/1
Winnipeg Jets 50/1
Phoenix Coyotes 66/1
Buffalo Sabres 100/1
Calgary Flames 100/1
Florida Panthers 150/1

A few thoughts:

—- Can’t really argue with the ‘Hawks at 6/1. The one concern may be the center position, particularly after Dave Bolland was traded to Toronto. Remember, it was already a concern with Michal Handzus centering the second line heading into the playoffs. Could Brandon Saad fill that role?

—- Even with all its young talent, Edmonton at 20/1 seems rather optimistic considering the Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since 2006. Is Boyd Gordon that good?

—- For a long shot, you could do worse than Tampa Bay at 50/1. If the Lightning can get better goaltending than they got last season, they could make the playoffs and go on a run. We all know they can put the puck in the net.

—- Is Buffalo so bad that the Sabres deserve to be tied with Calgary for second-biggest underdog? We suppose it depends what happens with Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller. If those two are traded for picks/prospects, the answer may be yes. Otherwise, it’s worth noting the Sabres finished 2013 quite well, going 8-4-0 in April. They badly need Tyler Myers to find his game again.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Toronto should be in the bottom five. Whoever made these odds is an idiot seeing as how they won’t even make the playoffs this season. Absolutely no way the Habs and Leafs should have the same odds. Habs got better signing proven playoff performer Danny Briere, while Leafs sign a couple of third liners, maybe second if lucky.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      and they got rid of a solid 2nd line center in Grabo… Senators picked up Bobby Ryan a legit top 4 player in this league on any team. Healthy Karlsson (now that Cooke is in the west), plus healthy Spezza = contender. No way they should be behind the Habs and are leagues ahead of the Leafs.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Don’t think Ryan would have made the top two lines with the Hawks, who also would not have been tempted to pick them up when looking at their own NHL ready pipeline

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        forgot to mention they have the best goalie in the league in Craig Anderson before his injury. The guy was a machine. Can’t wait to see this team healthy and dominating the EAST.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        ” Habs got better signing proven playoff performer Danny Briere, while Leafs sign a couple of third liners, maybe second if lucky.”

        Bolland isn’t a playoff performer. Has two stanley cups. How many does Briere have again? Clarkson went to the finals with the Devils the year before. He was a big part of that team.

        Obvious you’re just some whiney Leaf hater hating because the Leafs outranked their team on a meaningless list.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      sounds like you, sir, should make a bet.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      That’s right the Habs got better by signing another injury prone little forward. Go have another poutine.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      You should learn what the odds are for. They aren’t the actual odds to win but the odds that will induce the largest amount of bets.

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      As much as I dislike judging the off-season on paper, you have no basis for that argument. You’re talking about 2 teams that exited the playoffs at the same time. Except the Habs got destroyed by the Sens, and the Leafs lost in Game 7 OT to the Eastern Conference Champs. Then, on paper, the Leafs bolstered their roster better than the Habs. So what am I missing? Also these are all based on bets, they’re not actual odds.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    PHT just change your name to PBT. So tired of hearing about how they are going to repeat/make a deep run because they didn’t make many changes. Wait until the season starts to make those claims.

    • adambballn - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      PHT is just listing the gambling odds, not making predictions.

    • jl9830 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      So can you point me to the spot in the article where PHT stated that the Blackhawks were going to repeat/make a deep run?

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    The author agreed with one surprise (Oilers odds), and overall I’m surprised at the Duck’s position – I would not think the:
    Vancouver Canucks 16/1
    San Jose Sharks 18/1
    Edmonton Oilers 20/1
    Minnesota Wild 20/1

    Have better odds than the team with the 3rd best regular season record and who managed to keep most of their squad. And I’m not a Ducks fan.

    In the West, I see it as the Hawks, then Kings/Ducks next closest, followe by the Blues.

    In the East, as i have not seen the Penguins do anything to address their defensive mediocrity nor their starting goaltending glarring issue, I’m puzzled to see them #2 instead of Boston. But the odds makers see Crosby, Malkin, Letand and Neal and can’t get beyond that. They also made the Pens favorites last year. Hawks would have had an easier time if they’d reached the cup then they did with Boston, as the Hawks play both ways, very well.

    You may not agree with my assessment, feel free to post your reasoning.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Forgot to add that I don’t see the Nucks as anywhere near that high. Swept by a 6 seed. Sure they came close a couple years ago, then their GM stayed pat. This is a team in decline. Last year they were a 3 seed helped by being in the 5th strongest division in the league. Their division will be harder this year, with Kings, Ducks and Sharks, who will all most likely finish higher.

      Their GM baught himself another year by firing the coach.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Canucks re-tooled their coaching and will be harder to play against.

        Secondly, the Canucks have done very well against the Central and Pacific teams in the regular season. Look at the last few seasons of regular season play before you discount their accomplishments in the regular season. In fact they did better against the central and pacific than the northwest during their president’s trophy back to back regular season championships.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        And who knows, maybe a change in coaching approaches will make a difference. I do find it amusing that Van and NYR both fired their coaches, and hired the one the other just fired.

    • c9castine - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      penguins have reverted back to the ideas that won them the cup and this is having an elite core and filling the rest of the lineup with a mix of veteran role playing guys and guys from the system. in the past couple year they have just gone out and taken the best free agent or trade bait available, and it hasn’t made them winners. last year a run to the ECF was a big step towards re-establishing their post season dominance.

      west- chicago, kings, st louis, anaheim, detroit

      east- penguins, bruins, islanders, sens, leafs

  4. sjsblitz - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I laugh at the chances these bookmakers make in the off season for Cup favorites. Cup winners are always ranked for a repeat, no offense Chicago(not a fan, but love how you dismantled LA).

  5. innout10 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Coyotes 66/1? Id take that any day

  6. bensawesomeness - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I’d take the rangers at 20/1, sharks at 18/1

    can’t ever count out a team with Lundquist on it

    and if i had a dollar, i’d put one on the Blue Jackets (40/1) and Stars (40/1), both made some good moves and could ride good goal tending .

  7. ctblue796 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I am sorry, but i do not agree with this bookmaker at all. Montreal canadiens ahead of the ottawa senators? What did the canadiens add to make them a cup contender next season? Briere? There are big question marks on the habs next season. The washington capitals lost players and did not really add any replacements. While the senators lost alfie, they gained bobby ryan. They have much more offensive talent now. With a healthy team, there is no telling what they could accomplish, This list is bogus. The oilers having a 20/1 shot at the cup proves that this article is complete and utter garbage.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Nah, They got the hawks right;)

    • adambballn - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      The Canadians are going to get more money bet on them than Ottawa because they are “the Canadians” therefore their odds are better. Gambling lines have a lot to do with investment and potential return on investment, the goal of the casino is to make money not pick favorites.

  8. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Penguins signed Scuderi,

  9. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    The writer must not know the Hawks pipeline. While Saad is an option, the far more likely odds is they bring up LeBlanc or Hayes if Handzus either can’t come back or is not ready. It is a givin that Pirri, who lead the AHL is scoring last year and stayed down another year to work on his “D” (Hawks are big on blaying both ways;).

    • adambballn - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      The writer here is just relaying a quote from Q to from the Hawks convention this weekend… not making any predictions about who will be the center.

    • Jason Brough - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      “The writer must not know the Hawks pipeline.”
      Or, the writer may not be convinced the guys you mentioned are shoe-ins to take on a big role with a Stanley Cup-contending team.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Perhaps, and I’ve been following how they develop. Shaw and Saad both had significant contributions this year. I saw how the call up line of Pirri, Smith and Morin handled the Blues regulars in the regular season finale, including keeping the puck in the Blues zone and the pressure on for 2 approx minutes straight. Blues were so rattled they used their time out – in the 1st period.

        By the last quarter of the season, I’m expecting 2-4 up with the NHL team.

  10. adambballn - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Everyone freaking out about the odds needs to understand how sports books work… it has nothing to do with who they think will win, it’s about getting the equal amount of bets on each team so they can profit on the juice. It works the same way with football spreads…

    “Casinos and sportsbooks profit when they have to pay out less than they receive in bets. They also collect a commission — sometimes called the “juice” — on certain bet to increase their chances of making a profit. Sports odds typically are set so that the bookmaker can expect equal betting on each side of the bet, which would ensure that the bookmaker would not lose money, no matter what happens in the sports event. If the bookmaker collected juice on each bet, the bookmaker would be guaranteed to profit if the betting on each side was equal.”

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Bingo! All these people complaining that the bookmakers don’t know what they’re talking about need to realize people betting make the line, the Oilers are 20 to 1 because people have been betting on them (or they believe lots of people) will, not because the bookmakers think they’ll win. In fact the bookmakers have no interest in who will actually win.

  11. 19to77 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Rangers at 20/1 is actually a pretty good investment when you look at their roster. Their underperformance is in large part due to Tortorella insisting on a system that didn’t take advantage of what he had, and the team is built like a solid Cup contender. Star goalie, strong two-way forwards, a couple of point-per-game players in Stepan and Nash, big potential in Brassard, an elite defensive pair in McDonagh and Girardi… the pieces are there.

    The question of course is coaching. Sometimes teams click with a new coach immediately (Bylsma and the Pens, Sutter and the Kings), sometimes it takes a season or two. If they look good with AV, they have the parts for a deep run.

    • pxland - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      This was exactly what I thought. The whole team has something to prove. AV and Richards in particular.

  12. blackhawks2010 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Red Wings should be higher, going to the East will add points and put them in a better position from a seeding standpoint. That said, I agree with the remainder.

  13. kyzslew77 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Senators at 33/1 seem like a great value pick to me. One big loss this offseason, but it’s offset with one big addition, and Anderson is definitely capable of carrying a team to the Cup.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      The the conference semi s? Likely have to clear both the Bruins and Pens, which I don’t think is likely. Likely max level is EC finals.

  14. jhuck92 - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I don’t know how the pens are 2nd place after that god-awful postseason run. The islanders even with Tavares are still the islanders. Ottawa wasn’t much of a challenge. But fleury got replaced by vokoun, and their top two players couldn’t score a point in the WCF. They’re a great team on paper and in the regular season but since that cup a few years ago, they’ve been mediocre in the playoffs when it counts.

    • jaybaileys - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      None of their players can score a point in the WCF, because they are in the East, the rest of the stuff you said is accurate.

  15. ruthlessandtoothless - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I got 300 on the Panthers who wants that action??

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Oddly enough, If you win, you’ll have enough money to buy the Florida Panthers.

  16. howintensive - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I would put a dollar on the Predators. Good goaltending and defense could be enough to go far, especially at 40/1. Of course, I wouldn’t put my side savings on it, but worse bets could be made.

  17. sunderlanding - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Remember people it was people like this who said the Blue Jays would win the World Series. Don’t get up in arms over what some gambler says.

  18. howintensive - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Edmonton at 20/1 doesn’t mean much. Most blogs and media outlets have the Oilers pegged as a team that can really improve in 2013-14. That can lead to lots of people putting money on them as longshots. Since the bookmakers don’t want to lose money, they changed Edmonton’s odds to make less of a fiduciary loss if they do win it all. Happens all the time in the betting world.

  19. btlpper68 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Why are the sharks so low they outplayed la for most of the series an would’ve advanced if quick wasn’t on his head evry game, the Canucks r ranked higher and the sharks blew them out of the water and the sharks r given abt the same odds as a team that hasn’t made te playoffs for 7 years

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      More people are betting on the Canucks so their odds get lowered, has nothing to do with who the casinos think will win (they don’t care!) it has everything to do with them maximizing profits. Just like airline seats get more expensive as they get close to selling out, betting odds get lower as more people bet on them.

      That’s why the Penguins are second, lots of average fans who don’t know much about the game know Crosby and see how the media fawns all over everything the Penguins do so they bet on them. Will they win? Maybe, the bookmakers don’t care they just want to limit the potential damage done if they do.

  20. girouxed - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Calgary ftw

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      The difference between Flames fans and Flyers fans is that Flames fans are realistic about our chances of winning the cup next season, Flyers fans look at their team, ignore the holes and the cap mess that Holmgren has put them in and they believe that they’re cup contenders….not with that defense!

      • girouxed - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Calgary is actually one of the teams like.

  21. pastabelly - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I suppose Pittsburgh at 6.5 to 1 contemplates them solving both their defensive and goaltending problems. Maybe the oddsmakers like Fleury’s new shrink.

  22. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Thanks to several for adding perspective on what’s behind oddsmaking. I’ve never bet on teamsports so was pretty clueless. It amazed me the 2nd 1/2 of the season and thru the 1st two series that US Oddsmakers had the Pens as the favorites, then after the Bruins swept them, made the Bruins the favorites. While clearly statistically they and the Kings were the top 4, there was a night and day statistical difference between the Hawks and everyone else.

  23. jonkchar - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    wow. its like some of these comenters have no idea who Rob Scuderi is.

    • jaybaileys - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      The Piece!

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