Stanley Cup Odds: Blackhawks enter postseason as favorites


The Washington Capitals finished the regular season with the NHL’s best record for the second year in a row, but they are not entering the playoffs as the odds on favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

On Monday afternoon the folks at Bovada released their latest Stanley Cup odds before the start of the postseason and have the Chicago Blackhawks as the top favorites (4/1) to win it all.

The Capitals, the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference, have the second best overall odds (9/2) and are followed by the Minnesota Wild and defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Seeing the Wild so high on the list is a bit of a surprise given their struggles down the stretch.

The St. Louis Blues (33/1) enter the playoffs as the biggest long shot.

Even though the Blackhawks ended the regular season on a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) they were still 20-6-4 over the final 30 games of the regular season.

Here are the complete odds, via Bovada, entering the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks  4/1
Washington Capitals  9/2
Minnesota Wild  8/1
Pittsburgh Penguins  8/1
Columbus Blue Jackets  10/1
Anaheim Ducks  14/1
Montreal Canadiens  14/1
New York Rangers  14/1
San Jose Sharks  14/1
Edmonton Oilers  16/1
Calgary Flames  25/1
Boston Bruins  25/1
Nashville Predators  25/1
Toronto Maple Leafs  25/1
Ottawa Senators  28/1
St. Louis Blues  33/1