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April 30th, 2013

Odds to win the 2013 Stanley Cup, Redux

Once again, the friendly folks at Bovada have sent along their published odds to win the 2013 Stanley Cup. But instead of just sharing the list of the 16 teams who have qualified for the playoffs, I’m including the entire list of all 30 NHL teams along with the odds that Bovada first published back this past January.

The first figure represents the odds that were published on January 7, 2013. The second figure are the odds Bovada is offering as of April 29, 2013. It makes for some interesting reading.

Team January Odds April Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1 7/2
New York Rangers 17/2 18/1
Vancouver Canucks 9/1 14/1
Los Angeles Kings 12/1 14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 12/1 Eliminated
Chicago Blackhawks 14/1 15/4
Boston Bruins 16/1 17/2
Detroit Red Wings 16/1 28/1
St. Louis Blues 16/1 14/1
Minnesota Wild 18/1 22/1
San Jose Sharks 20/1 16/1
Carolina Hurricanes 22/1 Eliminated
Washington Capitals 22/1 16/1
Buffalo Sabres 25/1 Eliminated
Edmonton Oilers 25/1 Eliminated
Nashville Predators 28/1 Eliminated
Tampa Bay Lightning 28/1 Eliminated
Montreal Canadiens 30/1 12/1
New Jersey Devils 30/1 Eliminated
Toronto Maple Leafs 30/1 20/1
Anaheim Ducks 40/1 12/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1 Eliminated
Dallas Stars 40/1 Eliminated
Florida Panthers 40/1 Eliminated
Ottawa Senators 40/1 28/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1 Eliminated
Calgary Flames 50/1 Eliminated
Winnipeg Jets 50/1 Eliminated
New York Islanders 66/1 40/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1 Eliminated

Keeping the original Bovada odds in mind, the Philadelphia Flyers have to be considered the biggest disappointment in the field, failing to qualify for the playoffs after getting out of the gate at 12/1. The Carolina Hurricanes also have to be seen as something of a mild disappointment, also failing to make the playoffs and starting the season at 22/1 following the offseason additions of Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin. On the surprise side, you’d have to include the Montreal Canadiens (a 30/1 shot that’s already won the Northeast Division title), Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks (40/1 at the start of the season, but also a division winner), Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders, though it looks like Las Vegas isn’t counting on them getting out of the first round.

So who do I favor now, while keeping in mind that I provide this advice for entertainment purposes only? At this point, I think the Ducks offer the best value bet at 12/1. Back East, I really like the Capitals at 16/1, especially in the wake of their late-season surge.