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2015 Stanley Cup Odds: Boston Bruins favored to win


The Los Angeles Kings have returned the Stanley Cup to California and they’ll enjoy this summer of celebration before embarking on a tour to defend their title and reclaim Lord Stanley’s Cup as their own. The early odds are in on who will be their greatest challengers and it appears that Vegas isn’t favoring the Stanley Cup champions to even make it back to the Finals next year.

According Vegas Insider, the Boston Bruins are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup next year with the Chicago Blackhawks the favorites to emerge from the Western Conference as challengers.  If we’re to take the odds in a literal sense, then the Kings will at least make it back to the Western Conference Finals but won’t make it any further.

Two teams who have risen on the odds chart from where they were last year are the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. Colorado owned the No.1 pick in the draft but kick off the summer with 16-to-1 odds. The Wild similarly were in a low place last year but are looking at being the sixth seed in the postseason if the odds are read literally.

Here are the complete odds from vegasinsider.com:

Boston Bruins 8:1
Chicago Blackhawks 8:1
Los Angeles Kings 12:1
Pittsburgh Penguins 12:1
St. Louis Blues 12:1
San Jose Sharks 14:1
Anaheim Ducks 14:1
Minnesota Wild 15:1
Colorado Avalanche 16:1
Montreal Canadiens 18:1
New York Rangers 18:1
Detroit Red Wings 18:1
Tampa Bay Lightning 23:1
Columbus Blue Jackets 33:1
Dallas Stars 33:1
Philadelphia Flyers 33:1
Vancouver Canucks 55:1
Edmonton Oilers 55:1
Ottawa Senators 55:1
Arizona Coyotes 55:1
Washington Capitals 55:1
Winnipeg Jets 55:1
Toronto Maple Leafs 55:1
New York Islanders 65:1
Florida Panthers 65:1
New Jersey Devils 65:1
Carolina Hurricanes 65:1
Calgary Flames 100:1
Nashville Predators 100:1
Buffalo Sabres 100:1

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