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Back to Chicago? ‘Hawks very early favorites for 2015 Cup

Jun 15, 2014, 1:37 PM EDT

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Obviously it’s way too early to get a good sense of who will win the Stanley Cup in 2015 as the team rosters aren’t even set yet. Still, the online oddsmaker Bovada is already releasing odds on who will win it all and just for fun, here are their very early chances:

1) Chicago Blackhawks — 15/2
2) Boston Bruins — 8/1
3) Pittsburgh Penguins — 9/1
4) Los Angeles Kings — 10/1
4) St. Louis Blues — 10/1
6) Anaheim Ducks — 14/1
6) San Jose Sharks — 14/1
8) Colorado Avalanche — 18/1
8) Minnesota Wild — 18/1
8) New York Rangers — 18/1

For the sake of comparison, Bovada’s odds also favored the Blackhawks in July 2013, with Pittsburgh, Boston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis rounding out the top-five. In other words, a year hasn’t changed a lot, which isn’t surprising given that given that all of those teams have strong cores in place that will allow them to stay very competitive for quite some time.

If Chicago does end up winning the championship, then they will combine with Los Angeles to become the first duo to trade the Cup back-and-forth for four straight years since Montreal and Boston did it for five campaigns from 1969-73.

  1. sixchr - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    It still boggles my mind that the Penguins remain in the top 3.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Whammy’s on his way to the parade right now, but it’s 2500 miles away from Western PA!

      • blomfeld - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE !

        Here we are barely 48 hours past our ‘incredible’ Stanley Cup championship victory, one for the ages if you will, and already we Kings have been dismissed as just another ‘also ran’ by these pigs at Bovada ! Heck, we haven’t even had the chance to enjoy our victory parade yet, while these these money-grubbing ‘east coast’ leeches go about disrespecting us Kings to the Nth degree ! The lack of respect here is positively ‘deplorable’ to say the least, even though it’s quite ‘expected’ as I alluded to in an earlier post today. Nonetheless, the fact remains that we LA Kings are the ‘greatest’ ice hockey team in the world today ! And there’s absolutely ‘nothing’ that this whiskered, rat-tailed, foul-breathed, yellow-toothed ‘vermin’ organization called Bovada can say which will prevent the ‘people’ from seeing the truth and ‘falling in’ with us !

        ‘HE’ is on our side friends, just as you should be !!! :) :) :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ps: I’ve just received a message from a ‘romantic’ friend of mine in the PRC and she told me that ‘celebratory’ marches honoring our glorious LA Kings have already started in her native land ! … my friend also said that over the course of the next 12 hours, similar ‘victory’ marches are to be held the world over, with the festivities ultimately culminating in LA tomorrow afternoon ! :)

        *** here’s what’s currently going down in Beijing right now ! ***

      • bluelinemh - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        blomfeld,

        do us all a favor an never post on this site again

    • c9castine - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      why

    • chanceoffleury - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Because odds-making isn’t based on some panel of professionals saying “Now that we’ve extensively evaluated the talent level of the Blackhawks and Penguins and yadayadayada, these are so and so’s chances of winning the cup.”

      It is primarily based on where people are putting their money. Many of those people probably watch a miniscule amount of hockey, if they even watch any at all outside of a few games from their hometown team here and there. Sidney Crosby is the biggest name in the world of hockey, if there is one name people who don’t watch hockey have heard of, it’s probably his. As long as Sidney Crosby is a Penguin, gamblers who don’t watch much hockey will put their money on him (and therefore the Penguins) to win the cup. If everyone in the hockey world joined together to bet on the Sabres or Edmonton to win the cup next year, their odds would sky rocket despite the reality of them probably still having a slim to none chance. Wherever people are putting their money is where you’re going to get the slimmest payout with that team having the “best odds” even if they aren’t really built for the Cup.

      • stevedurbano - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Spot on

  2. djshnooks - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Wtf, where are the Sabres?!?! Lmfao. :-p

    Why wouldn’t the Pens be up there though? I hate them, but they have Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. That’s enough.

    • alliceishome - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Evidently not, given the results of recent years

      • c9castine - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        haha, you mean a 5 straight playoff appearances advancing past the 1st round 3 times after winning the cup? i can count on 3 fingers the teams that have done that, so id say being ranked number 3 is quite reasonable.

        people are so biased against the pens

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Sabres? Are you nuts?
      What about the Leafs? They were sooooo close this year. Just a few gaps to fill and they will come even closer to making the playoffs.

    • MichS - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      But having Fleury in goal is a huge detriment.

  3. 67nova - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    When was the last time someone favored at the end of the playoffs actually won the next year??? I’d like to see the stats on that in the story.

  4. Jackson Scofield - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    If I had two picks, it would be the Hawks and the Kings… only thing that can beat either’s determination and resiliency is each other… not to mention how genuinely talented each team is.

    • nunan - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      I think the Bruins are the only team in the East who match that determination. They are a little behind in top end skill, which they’ve always tried to offset with great defense. It works sometimes, and it worked in 2011 but I think we see them make some sort of move for a skilled player this offseason though, as well as change the dynamic of that fourth line, which has always been the grinder.

  5. patthehockeyfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I still have Sports Illustrated’s NHL Preview issue dated September 30, 2013. Their prediction for this year’s Final: Blackhawks over Penguins. They had LA second in the West; Rangers in 3rd place in the East.

    Interestingly, in the West, San Jose was 3rd, and Anaheim 8th. 8th? Dallas in 12th place, Colorado at 13.

    In the East, Islanders were predicted in 8th place, Tampa Bay in 12th.

    I think the Sports Illustrated should stick to baseball and football.

    • esracerx46 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Sports Illustrated is worse than ESPN in almost all facets of sports. Some of the esteemed writers they have at SI are crackpots that are 1 step above TMZ. Peter King, I’m looking at you. Can’t stand that hack, and yet he’s revered by a lot of people. To me way too much of his writing is just slander.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        But they got great pictures, sorta like Playboy!

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Personally, I would have put quotation marks around esteemed writers.

      • esracerx46 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Minor oversight on the quotes. Slipped my mind. The problem with playboy is I have easier and cheaper (free) access to sights that provide more than just pictures.

    • sixchr - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Hindsight is 20/20. If Tavares doesn’t get hurt I could see picking the Islanders at 8, dallas at 12 sounded reasonable, Colorado (coming off being the worst team in the league) at 13 isn’t unreasonable, the Ducks had just traded Bobby Ryan. Looking who makes it and then saying someone’s predictions are wrong is stupid. There was nothing unreasonable about those picks.

  6. terrier92 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Long time Bruins season ticket holder here. I don’t wanna hear anything about Bruins chances I want to see results. This team has some work to do to get me to believe they are legit contenders. They have underachieved in 4 of last six seasons. I’m not convinced that the cup run was not the aberration. They are good and I luv to watch them but boy did they disappoint this year. You can’t loose to inferior Habs team like that. Not acceptable.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Sounds like people here in Pittsburgh with regards to the Pens under achieving

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        Sounds like a sore Boston loser.

      • chanceoffleury - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        Any year the Bruins, Penguins, Hawks, or LA don’t win the cup people chalk it up to a waste of a season for said team. For whatever reason people seem to unconsciously separate those 4 teams and put them in their own bubble. They definitely have different expectations than say the Blues, or Sharks, or Ducks, etc.

        I was actually just discussing it today with a friend. This year the Pens were not a top tier contender, realistically. I mean, their core has the potential to produce some of the best players at their position when they’re on, but after that their roster was flat. And it was flat back in September, too. The reasons the Pens got knocked out: lack of depth, inability to finish out a game, lack of heart, stupid 3rd period penalties. Those were the same problems they had 6/9/12 months ago. They never addressed them so while it’s always disappointing as a fan to see them get knocked out, I can’t say I was blindsided by it. There were simply teams that were just better built, managed, and coached for a cup run. Teams that have figured out after 5 years that the style they play may be fine when you’re playing one and done regular season games, but when teams have time to study and practice shutting down your individual system you need a backup plan. Teams that understand a 3rd/4th liner that is all heart or a veteran who is a little past his prime but is a confident leader not afraid to look somebody in the eyes and tell them they aren’t digging deep enough and can get the locker room fired up for a full 60 minutes is just as valuable in the playoffs as a winger in his prime with a wicked wrist shot. Bylsma played a predictable system and they never replaced Guerin or Gonchar as leaders in the locker room and it’s evident in their playoff performances since. Who really cares if they beat the Bruins or Rangers, because the Hawks and Kings still beat them 9 out of 10 times in a 7 game series anyway. It’d be nothing more than them just being beat by a better built team, but people would still make it like the Pens have wasted the last 9 months and might as well have not even played a game the whole season. And like I said, any 4 of those teams garner that same reaction after a disappointing playoff exit.

        People are quick to forget how half the Hawks fanbase was ready to look for a new coach and played with the idea of trading Kane before the lockout ended and the Hawks went on their tear. If they don’t win the Cup next year or the year after people will start to bring up trading big players, or how somebody is overpaid and it’s costing the team, or how a coach has lost the locker room. Like I said, those 4 teams in particular over the last few season just seem to be held to a higher standard than a lot of other teams in the league.

    • desertfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      D is weak and the BIG GUY is slowing down- need a Doughty, Suter, Weber??

      • sixchr - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        They might have one in Hamilton, won’t know for a few years. He’s still super young.

      • shaundre93 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        Well its easy to forget that Seidenberg is arguably as important to the team as Chara at this point. It seems to be very seldom mentioned which I don’t understand. If the B’s have their 1B defensemen playing on the second pair instead of their 7th I’m pretty positive that series goes differently… People keep chalking the season up as a failure but I just don’t understand how losing to a Habs team who had been playing some exceptional hockey for a couple months and was super fired up for a rivalry series is THAT awful, especially when considering seids.
        The underdog always seems to have the advantage in that rivalry. And I couldn’t agree more about Hamilton. Size, skill, great skating and started showing a little more physicality throughout the playoffs. Very excited to see how he grows. If he keeps developing and can add 25lbs to his 6’5″ frame we could be looking at the next Weber (don’t shoot me down, let me dream!)

  7. tschiav11 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Boggles my mind that Pittsburgh is up so high with a new coach and system to learn. Yea they have Crosby and malkin, but you can count on Crosby being hurt every other season, the guy is made of glass. Plus they have a goalie that peaked 5 years ago and now is just Swiss cheese in net.

    • steelcity333 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      It shouldn’t boggle your mind. These odds are based off what bettors (i.e. people who are fans) will bet on. Not what “experts or analysts” believe. Crosby only missed two games last year and that was because the team was WAY ahead of everyone else in the division. The previous year was because a puck hit him in the face and shattered his jaw. Stepan wasn’t called glass after his jaw was broken in the playoffs. And Fleury was our best player in the postseason this last year.

      • tschiav11 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        What about the year that Crosby missed the entire season with a headache. He should’ve got some Advil from lundquivst. Stepan wasn’t called glass because he went back out and played with a broken jaw. And Fleury is garbage, that bum doesn’t know the difference between a kick save and a kick stand anymore. If he was your best player you would’ve made it a little further in the playoffs than you did.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        I’m sorry but which goalie has his name on the Stanley Cup?

      • steelcity333 - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Lundqvist only blew a handful of 2 goals leads in the Finals and then lost 3 overtime games. But that’s right, he’s God. I don’t see people calling Pronger or Savard glass because they’ve missed a couple of years because of a “headache” but you just love to bash on Crosby.

    • c9castine - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      i take it your mind is easily boggled?

  8. gbatap - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    It’s funny how riled up people get over Vegas odds. These odds have less to do with who they think will win and everything to do with getting the most money possible out of gamblers pockets.

    • c9castine - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      yeah are you kidding me we havent even drafted and entered FA yet. these teams are so incomplete right now.

      • dannymac17 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        the only team you can argue that ISNT incomplete is the mighty Kings. 2014 champions.

      • c9castine - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        no they are incomplete.

        they will not have the EXACT same team as this year. i know youve been a hockey fan for 3 days but thats the way it works, like most sports.

      • dannymac17 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        the 2014 Stanley Cup champions are parading in Hermosa beach, together, as one. Cant say the same for the rest of the league. And 3 days huh? Try 25 and get back to me basement dweller.

      • dannymac17 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        years*

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I never understand why fans get so upset about these things, there’s one simple truth about betting lines: VEGAS IS NOT PICKING WHO THEY THINK WILL WIN!!! The betting lines are set so that money will be spent everywhere thus creating the most return for the casinos and limiting their exposure to whichever team wins.

    The top teams on the list are there because lots of people bet on the them, the teams with the highest odds are there because few people bet on them and Vegas wants to change that. If the Minnesota Wild (as an example) saw a bunch of people betting on them their odds would decrease, not because they’re a better team or because they became more likely to win the cup but to discourage as much action on them.

  10. trueblue2000 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    As a Rangers fan I would pick Hawks vs. Bruins for SC final, as it should have been this year.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Nope. Rangers vs. Kings was the right matchup. Bruins can’t win again with dumb jerks like Lucic. And the Hawks had the Kings right where they wanted them but choked. The two best teams played for the cup, as always.

      • nunan - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Nope. The fact you think the Rangers are a better team than Boston is telling. Also, your thinking a player being a ‘dumb jerk’ has anything to do with hockey says a lot, too…how old are you? Finally, thinking the Hawks aren’t worthy is laughable. The Hawks and Kings were the two best teams left by the time they played each other. Rangers aren’t even in that conversation. We all know Boston would have put up a better fight than the Rangers. They were the East’s only real contender. Fact not fiction.

      • hrudey - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        nunan: Unfortunately for you, who the “best” team is doesn’t matter, or an 8th seed wouldn’t have dominated the playoffs in 2012. They play a best of seven, one team wins four and moves on, and the team that moved on by definition deserved it.

  11. 950003cups - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Damn! Devils aren’t gonna win again? Fire Lou Lamoriello! We have proof they’re gonna lose right here.

  12. iowa02 - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Can we get through 2014 first. Please and Thank You.

  13. chanceoffleury - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Detroit is ranked 11th (ie: right after New York) at 22/1. Apparently Weiss is personally betting a lot of his own money he’s gonna make a big comeback and take Detroit over the top or something?? Ranked right behind the east’s reigning cup representatives just seems very high for a team that was an 8 seed and won 1 playoff game….

    Tampa and Montreal both at 25/1 is somewhat tempting. With the right matchups I could see Tampa making a run next year, and Montreal keeping Price in the net makes the ECF a different series. Not saying they’d have definitely won, but taking their rookie backup goalie to 6 games with the Rangers wasn’t shabby.

  14. stevedurbano - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Blues………………..still waiting……………

  15. billiam55 - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    lol ya and last year experts said the blues were gonna be this years champs.

  16. sailbum7 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Pretty sad when the team that has won two of the last three Stanley Cups gets put 4th at 10:1 odds to repeat as champs. I think that the people setting these early odds have biases towards certain teams based on past reputations rather than recent peformance. They put the Blackhawks, who won the middle of the three years, as the favorite at 15:2 odds but place the Kings as 10:1 – there is just no respect for what the Kings have done. The Kings won the cup this year in pretty convincing fashion, showing that they can handle pressure, and yet still get no respect.

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