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Oddsmaker: Preds, Flames, Sabres and Panthers biggest Stanley Cup longshots

Sep 2, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

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Online oddsmaker Bovada has released its latest list of favorites — and longshots — for the 2015 Stanley Cup. While Chicago retained its spot at the top of the list (at 13/2, slightly shorter odds than the 7/1 it had back in July), we thought it’d be interesting to spotlight teams with the longest odds, at 75/1:

Calgary, Buffalo, Florida and Nashville.

It’s interesting to note that Nashville joined the longshot group after getting 66/1 odds two months ago. This drop coincided with the club replacing the services of arguably their top center (Mike Fisher) with veteran middle men Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro.

Do keep in mind the increase in odds isn’t purely reflective of what Nashville has done in terms of player transactions; odds are often raised and/or dropped depending on how much action the team gets at a particular number. Of course, this is based on the premise people actually make Stanley Cup futures bets on the Predators.

Here is the full list of Cup contenders, per Bovada:

                                                Odds on 7/9/14             Current Odds   

Chicago Blackhawks                             7/1                    13/2

Los Angeles Kings                                9/1                    9/1

Boston Bruins                                       10/1                  10/1

Anaheim Ducks                                     12/1                  12/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                              12/1                  12/1

St. Louis Blues                                      12/1                  12/1

San Jose Sharks                                   14/1                  14/1

Minnesota Wild                                     18/1                  16/1

New York Rangers                                 16/1                  16/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             18/1                  16/1

Colorado Avalanche                              18/1                  18/1

Montreal Canadiens                               20/1                  18/1

Dallas Stars                                         18/1                  20/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 22/1                  22/1

Philadelphia Flyers                                28/1                  28/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                         33/1                  33/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             33/1                  40/1

Vancouver Canucks                               28/1                  40/1

Washington Capitals                              40/1                  40/1

Edmonton Oilers                                   50/1                  50/1

New Jersey Devils                                 50/1                  50/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                66/1                  66/1

New York Islanders                                50/1                  66/1

Ottawa Senators                                    50/1                  66/1

Arizona Coyotes                                    50/1                  66/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       50/1                  66/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      75/1                  75/1

Calgary Flames                                     75/1                  75/1

Florida Panthers                                    75/1                  75/1

Nashville Predators                               66/1                  75/1

  1. sirclinksalot - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    While I don’t think they’ll win the cup, I think the Panthers are better than some of the teams with higher odds than they have. I expect them to have a better regular season than a few of those teams.

  2. hockey412 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I am clueless when it comes to odds and gambling in general, but I’m surprised Edmonton, in the Pacific Division mind you, has better odds than Nashville.

    • chanceoffleury - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      I’m assuming a huge part of that is because of how odds-making works. Edmonton has more fans. In other words, they have more people willing to blindly place money on them in the small hope that this year might be different. Nashville is an off-market franchise in a rebuilding phase. Not the first team a casual fan will be drawn to.

      Yeah, Nashville only missed the playoffs by 4 points last year. And they were playing in the central without their starting goalie. Rinne will be back and (hopefully) healthy this year. They’re a big question mark though. Who knows how things will work out between Laviolette and the new additions. Their biggest problem is just how competitive the west is. They got better over the summer, but so did most of the other teams in the west…

  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Doesn’t matter the odds on teams with no shot of winning like the painters, whether they are 40/1 or 100/1 is really irrelevant because the chances of them winning it are so slim.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      I don’t think you understand odds.

      • hockey412 - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        That having been said, I’d have to agree with him that “the painters” have no chance at winning the cup this year…

  4. Wineshard - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    So you’re saying there’s a chance. YES!

  5. alicesrightfootesq - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Edmonton that high is a joke. No defense, no goaltending, and their 2C is likely a kid who has never played an NHL game. If anything they should be dead last.

    Ottawa is another team ranked way too high.

  6. stepanup - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    More of a comment on the nature of gambling numbers than the club, but the Toronto number must’ve moved back because people were buying at 33. Their offseason did make them marginally better.

  7. vancouversportsbro - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    The Oilers are at 50/1? They should really ban their fans from having a say in anything.

  8. petersteelewannabe - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Chicago down to Dallas seems about right. Any team after that has less than 1% chance but Detroit & NY Rangers both seem a little high, Edmonton is WAY too high and the Isles & Caps seem too low. Again, I can’t imagine anyone after the top 13 even making their conference Finals though.

  9. xdj511 - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I’m surprised that the perennial choke artists are all near the top of the list, but I guess the odds are one of them will break through sooner or later, right?

  10. gbgrieves - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    “Never tell me the odds!”
    – Han Solo… And all Predator fans :)

  11. atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    The one thing these odds tell me is that Vegas isn’t getting that much hockey action so far this year. Since the odds lower in relation to bets being made on teams and raise when there’s no action on a team it’s a little surprising that teams with big fan bases (Chicago, Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, Toronto etc.) have stayed relatively the same.

    There’s not one team listed where you could say that Vegas is getting nervous about the amount of money being bet on that team.

  12. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Really like it as a “bi-polar fan”. I’m for the ‘Hawks lifetime, and for the Wild, whenever they are not playing the ‘Hawks. Both in the top? Cool.

    Wild about the Central!

  13. Hard to BeLeaf - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I’m surprised Winnipeg is ahead of Nashville. They have similar teams depth-wise, but one has Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne the other doesn’t.

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