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2014 Stanley Cup Odds & Betting Picks

by Blake Stevens on Friday, July 26th, 2013

chicago blackhawks joel quenneville

chicago blackhawks joel quenneville

Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks proved to be the best team in hockey, defeating the Boston Bruins in six games. We will take a look at their 2014 Stanley Cup odds and issue our betting picks for the upcoming NHL hockey season.

The 2013-14 NHL hockey season is scheduled to get underway in early October, which will probably land on Oct. 10. It’s worth mentioning that the NHL’s 97th season will feature the realignment of the league’s 30 teams from six to four divisions.

According to NHL hockey odds experts at Bovada Sportsbook, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently the early favorites to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. 2014 Stanley Cup odds list the defending champs as 6/1 favorites above the rest of the league.

It comes as no surprise that the Blackhawks’ preparations for what would be the sixth Stanley Cup title in the franchise’s history is well underway. The team’s first order of business was rewarding beloved coach, Joel Quenneville, with a deserved contract extension this offseason.

Thus, the Hawks assured his services until after the 2013-14 season, as he looks to improve on a very impressive mark of 222-106-44 in 372 the regular season games and two Stanley Cup championships.

“This past season there were so many good things that transpired and the beginning and the endings were special,” Quenneville said. “Sharing it with the group here and the organization and the city of Chicago has been a lot of fun. … 2010, 2013, you can toss a coin and say which one was more enjoyable because they were both rewarding.”

Standing in the Blackhawks’ way will be teams like the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, just to name a few. But, what arte the chances that either one, or perhaps another team, will end Chicago’s hopes to repeat?

2014 Stanley Cup Betting Picks: For my money, I believe that the Hawks are clearly the best team in hockey heading into the 2013-14 NHL season. The scariest thing is that this bunch has a chance to come back and be even better, considering way they battled and gain additional experience this past postseason.

Listed at a great value of 6/1, which for you non-math majors equals a very attractive +600 line, is an added bonus. With those odds, not only are you guaranteed to have the best team in free hockey picks on your side this season, but an additional $600 bucks certainly doesn’t hurt!

The complete list of 2014 Stanley Cup odds according to Bovada Sportsbook goes as follows:

  • Chicago Blackhawks 6/1
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 13/2
  • Boston Bruins 10/1
  • Los Angeles Kings 12/1
  • St. Louis Blues 12/1
  • Detroit Red Wings 16/1
  • Vancouver Canucks 16/1
  • San Jose Sharks 18/1
  • Edmonton Oilers 20/1
  • Minnesota Wild 20/1
  • New York Rangers 20/1
  • Anaheim Ducks 22/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 22/1
  • Montreal Canadiens 25/1
  • Washington Capitals 25/1
  • Philadelphia Flyers 28/1
  • New York Islanders 33/1
  • Ottawa Senators 33/1
  • Carolina Hurricanes 40/1
  • Colorado Avalanche 40/1
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 40/1
  • Dallas Stars 40/1
  • New Jersey Devils 40/1
  • Nashville Predators 50/1
  • Phoenix Coyotes 50/1
  • Tampa Bay Lightning 50/1
  • Winnipeg Jets 50/1
  • Buffalo Sabres 100/1
  • Calgary Flames 100/1
  • Florida Panthers 150/1

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