The latest odds for NHL teams to win the Stanley Cup have been released and the names are as familiar at the top as they are at the bottom. Online oddsmaker Bovada updated their lines for every NHL team’s chances at snagging the greatest trophy in sports just in time for the preseason.
The current favorite remains the Chicago Blackhawks, who have 13/2 odds, with second and third belonging to the Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins with 9/1 and 10/1 odds respectively. The next three are all 12/1 odds shared by the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and Anaheim Ducks. Just below them sits the San Jose Sharks at 14/1.
Pittsburgh may come as a small surprise being so high on the list, given their unceremonious playoff implosion last season, followed by the loss of sniper James Neal in a quantity-over-quality deal.
At the bottom of the league stands the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators — all of whom sit at 75/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. Given that the first three were in the top four of this summer’s NHL draft, it only makes sense that they’re starting the season well behind the eight ball in the eyes of bettors.
The NHL preseason begins in mid-September followed by the regular season opening on October 8 with several big rivalry games including Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary, and San Jose vs Los Angeles.