Updated 9/29/13: And then there were 14… Yes, eight of the 14 teams in the Western Conference are going to get into the playoffs this year, and the mass majority of the teams have to be really happy that are staying. Gone are the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in comes a team that really probably has no business in competing with the best in the West, the Winnipeg Jets, who are 28 to 1 on the odds to win the Western Conference.
That’s not to say that there won’t be plenty of competition, because we know that there will be in the West. The Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites at +250, and for good reason. They fought through a tremendous postseason last year, knocking off team after team in dramatic fashion, and they ultimately made it all the way to the Stanley Cup title for the second time in recent memory.
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The only other three teams that are being given a realistic shot at competing on the Stanley Cup odds at the outset of this year are the Los Angeles Kings (+500), St. Louis Blues (+575), and the Vancouver Canucks (+650). However, we think that there is some decent value with teams like the San Jose Sharks (+1000), and maybe even the Nashville Predators (+2500). The Preds can’t be as bad as they were last season, and they do have some tools offensively to get some scoring. If that’s the case, Pekka Rinne will probably be a lot better in net as well. As far as the Sharks go, they had a Top 5 goalie in the league last year in Antii Niemi, and they took a massive step in the right direction by sweeping the Canucks away in the first round of the playoffs. Neither of these teams are quite there yet, but we’re looking for value, and we know that this is a play for the whole season, not just for the here and now.
Check out the most up to date Odds to Win the NHL Western Conference, as of May 9th, 2013!
Odds To Win the Campbell Trophy (Western Conference Title Odds)
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Chicago Blackhawks +250
Los Angeles Kings +500
St. Louis Blues +575
Vancouver Canucks +650
Anaheim Ducks +950
Minnesota Wild +1000
San Jose Sharks +1000
Edmonton Oilers +1200
Dallas Stars +1700
Nashville Predators +2500
Colorado Avalanche +2700
Winnipeg Jets +2800
Phoenix Coyotes +3000
Calgary Flames +8000