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Online bookmaker: Blues are 5/1 favorites to win Stanley Cup

Mar 6, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT

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The acquisition of Ryan Miller has convinced online bookmaker Bovada to make the St. Louis Blues its 2014 Stanley Cup favorite. The Blues, a franchise that’s still looking for its first NHL title, is now getting 5/1 odds to win the Cup, down slightly from 6/1 on Feb. 4.

Here’s the full list of odds (Feb.4 odds in brackets):

St. Louis Blues 5/1 (6/1)
Chicago Blackhawks 13/2 (11/2)
Pittsburgh Penguins 13/2 (6/1)
Anaheim Ducks 15/2 (7/1)
Boston Bruins 15/2 (9/1)
San Jose Sharks 10/1 (10/1)
Los Angeles Kings 12/1 (16/1)
Colorado Avalanche 20/1 (20/1)
New York Rangers 20/1 (25/1)
Montreal Canadiens 25/1 (33/1)
Toronto Maple Leafs 25/1 (28/1)
Tampa Bay Lightning 28/1 (20/1)
Minnesota Wild 33/1 (40/1)
Philadelphia Flyers 33/1 (25/1)
Detroit Red Wings 40/1 (33/1)
Washington Capitals 40/1 (40/1)
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1 (40/1)
Dallas Stars 50/1 (75/1)
Vancouver Canucks 50/1 (28/1)
New Jersey Devils 66/1 (50/1)
Ottawa Senators 66/1 (50/1)
Phoenix Coyotes 66/1 (66/1)
Winnipeg Jets 66/1 (200/1)
Carolina Hurricanes 100/1 (50/1)
Florida Panthers Off (300/1)
Nashville Predators Off (200/1)
New York Islanders Off (200/1)

The Oilers, Flames, and Sabres were all off the board on Feb. 4, and remain so.


— Tampa Bay saw its odds go up from 20/1 to 28/1, as Martin St. Louis was traded to the Rangers, whose odds fell from 25/1 to 20/1.

— Not surprisingly, Vancouver’s odds made a significant move in the wrong direction, going from 28/1 to 50/1. Carolina’s move was the biggest in that direction, from 50/1 to 100/1, but that was more a long shot turning into a really long shot.

— The biggest mover in the right direction? That would be Winnipeg, going from 200/1 to 66/1. Next would be Dallas, going from 75/1 to 50/1. The L.A. Kings, featuring Marian Gaborik now, also saw their number fall a significant percentage, from 16/1 to 12/1.

— If we had $5 to bet? We’d throw it on Columbus at 50/1. Of all the long shots, you could do worse than the Blue Jackets in a pretty wide open Eastern Conference.

  1. areaman714 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I think the odds makers need to look at the Blues record against the Pacific Division . . . Ryan Miller isn’t THAT good.

    • jhaegs - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      He is…

    • bluesfan58 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Interesting stat about Miller noted during tonight’s game…in 40 games with the Sabres this year, Miller faced less than 25 shots in a game 3 times. He has faced less than 25 shots in all 3 games so far with the Blues (i.e., 3 out of 3 instead of 3 out of 40). Improved defense in front of him should substantially help Miller himself, so as good as he was with the Sabres, he can be great with the Blues, especially caring a 92% save percentage. He’s 3-0 with the Blues already…

  2. easez1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    The Blackhawks @ 13 to 1….LOL….grab that from Bovada right now if you can, the actual line on them is 5 to 1 in Vegas.

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Read it again.

  3. kingsfan93 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    this article is a joke. Ryan Miller is a good goalie. but I think the Blues at the most will go to the Western Conference Finals.

  4. lordfletcher - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    5/1 … You would crazy to take that gamble.

    not trying to sound like a homer here but the Wild has incredible value at 33/1. I don’t think they will get past the 1st or 2nd round but worth tossing money down for insurance if you plan on paying for the Hawks or Blues

    have to assume its pens or bruins if your betting coming out of east.

    Pittsburgh Penguins 13/2 (6/1)
    Boston Bruins 15/2 (9/1)
    Los Angeles Kings 12/1 (16/1) – not bad value either
    Minnesota Wild 33/1 (40/1)

    • narfmoo12 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Flyers are on a 104 point pace since their 1-7 start. 33-1 is a good bet.

    • wtfkwp - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      The Kings are an effing STEAL at 12/1.

  5. hammerhead5573 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    While I’m certainly no Blues fan here, I think as the season has gone along they have proven they are good. I believe some realistic fans, (not the homers) know this would be a brutal series in the playoffs. With that said I definitely remember all the homers coming out last year and saying the Hawks can not handle a physical team or a team with a better goalie. In the end the better team game won the Stanley Cup. I for one, hope these 2 teams play each other and it goes 7 games.

  6. djshnooks - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    You guys are really underestimating Ryan Miller…especially his drive and how badly he wants to win and prove STL made a good move in bringing him in. This guy carried the Sabres for damn near 12 years…he was the best player on a team that went to the conference finals twice. Give him the team he has now, in Buffalo those years…we are guaranteed 2 Stanley Cups, no doubt in my mind.

    He is one of the best goalies in the league, on a great team now…and he has a chance to beat Quick for a spot in the finals, as well as a chance to beat Boston for a cup.

    Don’t count this guy out so quick…he has a huge chip on his shoulder, and when he carries that chip…he is a beast in net!

    (Either way, just win the cup so Buffalo gets that other 1st round pick please!)

    Ps. What are the Sabres’ odds? Lol.

  7. rainyday56 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Can’t beat the Canucks this year. Won’t win the cup just like the Canucks didn’t when they were on top and the Blues had their number.

  8. miketoasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Thank god it’s not the Penguins this year. Couldn’t be more happy to get that jinx away from us. None the less good luck Blues!

  9. jpat2424 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I’ll just say it “repeat”

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