NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over the summer, the oddsmakers still like them as the favorites to win another title in 2015-16.

The folks at Bovada released their final preseason Stanley Cup odds on Monday and the Blackhawks lead the way at 13-2 to win the Cup, followed by the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning (both 9-1 odds), Los Angeles Kings (11-1) and New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins (both 12-1).

The Toronto Maple Leafs (100-1), Carolina Hurricanes (150-1) and Arizona Coyotes (250-1) are the longest shots to win this year's Cup.

Here is the complete list, via Bovada.

Chicago Blackhawks -- 13-2

Anaheim Ducks -- 9-1

Tampa Bay Lightning -- 9-1

Los Angeles Kings -- 11-1

New York Rangers -- 12-1

Pittsburgh Penguins -- 12-1

St. Louis Blues -- 14-1

Minnesota Wild -- 16-1

Montreal Canadiens -- 18-1

Nashville Predators -- 18-1

Washington Capitals -- 18-1

New York Islanders -- 22-1

Boston Bruins -- 25-1

Columbus Blue Jackets -- 25-1

Detroit Red Wings -- 25-1

Calgary Flames -- 28-1

Winnipeg Jets -- 28-1

Dallas Stars -- 33-1

Edmonton Oilers -- 33-1

San Jose Sharks -- 33-1

Ottawa Senators -- 40-1

Colorado Avalanche -- 66-1

Florida Panthers -- 66-1

Vancouver Canucks -- 66-1

New Jersey Devils -- 75-1

Philadelphia Flyers -- 75-1

Buffalo Sabres -- 100-1

Toronto Maple Leafs -- 100-1

Carolina Hurricanes -- 150-1

Arizona Coyotes -- 250-1

When it comes to winning the Eastern and Western Conferences, the Lightning open as the favorites to win the East at 4-1, followed by the Rangers (5-1) and Penguins (6-1). The Blackhawks are 13-4 to win the West, and are immediately followed by the Ducks and Kings (both at 11-2) and St. Louis Blues (15-2).

The Chicago Blackhawks open the season as the odds on favorites to win the Stanley Cup. (USATSI)
The Chicago Blackhawks open the season as the odds on favorites to win the Stanley Cup. (USATSI)
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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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