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Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

Posted on: September 22, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 1:30 pm

By Brian Stubits

It's always fun to see how the oddsmakers view championship contenders. For example, many people believe that a better indication in college football is what Las Vegas says, not the AP Top 25.

So when the odds for the Stanley Cup were released by Bodog on Thursday the question was who is the favorite entering the season? Personally, I'm not removing the Bruins from that designation, but Bodog is. For the betting service the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals are the co-favorites at 7-to-1 odds with the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins with the second-best odds at 10-to-1.

Obviously there is no griping with either the Canucks or Caps being up that high. The Canucks were a win away from being the champions right now and the Caps have been knocking on the door for years and everybody agrees they only got better this offseason. In regards to the Penguins, you have to think the belief is Sidney Crosby will be back -- and recent signs are good since he's returned to practicing. They are still a good team without him, but second-best odds? I'm not sure.

Who is bringing up the rear? It's still the New York Islanders, believe it or not. I guess the oddsmakers aren't buying into the improvements the Isles have been showing of late. They go off at 80/1 to win the Cup. Not far behind is a three-way tie for second-longest odds with the Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets beginning at 75/1 longshots.

To see the entire odds from Bodog, here's the list.

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Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:58 pm

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:47 pm
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Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 7:22 pm

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

Couldn't care less about the odds a poker website gives on who will finish where. Drop the puck. Game on.

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:18 pm

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

Everyone complaining here is a moron.  If you're really so much smarter than the people who set these lines this would be like christmas because you can make easy money.

They're not even saying the caps or canucks are likely to win it, nor are their odds particularly good or significantly better than a whole bunch of other teams.

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:42 pm

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

A guy walks into a  bar in Washington DC and orders an Ovechkin.  The bartender replies, "An Ovechkin, I've never heard of a drink called an Ovechkin."  The patron responds, "Sure you have, it's a White Russian without a cup!!!"

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:10 am

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

Every year the Caps and Canucks are crowned with their paper championships by the oddsmakers and so called experts.

Here is the real top 10:

1. Boston
2. Chicago
3. Pittsburgh
4. Detroit 
5. Tampa Bay
6. Buffalo
7. Philadelphia
8. San Jose
9. Washington
10.Los Angeles


Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 7:43 pm

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

Pens are a top 5 team without Crosby. Malkin looks like a scoring champ again and they have the best Defensive depth in the NHL.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:06 am

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

As a long time Canuck fan, I'd say there's multiple reasons why Vancouver shouldn't be considered favorites.

The first, is the travel schedule. If your in the Philly area, you can catch the AM broadcasts of 10 teams on a good night. All of which are less than half the distance from the closest opponent of the Canucks, Calgary, 600 miles away.

Second is recovery from the previous season. Two months of playoffs!! Even if a team is knocked out somewhere in the middle of the playoff run, their players get about a full month to rest and recover more than the finalists.

We haven't had a repeating Stanley Cup winner for a while now. To win it all is tough enough, to repeat? Well.... you'd need to be in the area code of a dynasty...head and shoulders better than your competion.

The east coast opinion of Luongo is distorted to say the least. Luongo is past his prime, yet anyone who blames him for the Cup loss to Boston is flat out wrong. No other goalie in the league could have beaten Boston's in that final. Boston earned it.Period.

As my bitter disappointment fades, my pride in the Canucks" effort grows. They took a team that went to three game sevens and won to the wire, Ran out of gas.

Clearly, the Canucks aren't favorites, neither is Washington.

In my opinion, there is no "favorite" in the west. Any of 4-6 teams can get there.

There is only one favorite in the east and that is the Boston Bruins. The team is the best in the league and someone's gonna have to take the cup away from them. Of course it can be done, but I'm sure not putting any Schekles on it......

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:50 pm

Canucks, Caps tabbed favorites to win Stanley Cup

I have to agree with the people here who point out that the Capitals are less than stellar when it comes to the playoffs. As far as Sid's injury goes, does anyone remember the 90/91 Penguins team ?

Mario Lemieux played only 26 games in the regular season and then blew everyone away in the playoffs. So if Sid can't go from the start, the Pens aim has to be to reach the playoffs and get Sid back. As a Pens fan I would prefer him to miss some games at the beginning of the season and not at the end.

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:13 pm
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