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NHL Playoffs: Odds For Each NHL Team Winning the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The season may have been shortened due to a nasty lockout, but once the NHL season got underway, there was plenty to be excited about. It seems like it is too soon, but the playoffs are already here and that means figuring out who has the best chance to win it all.

As long as there have been sports, there have been people who are willing to place a wager on the competition. As the sports have grown, so has the betting. With this being the case, it only makes sense to turn to the people who would know each team’s odds at winning the Stanley Cup the best, a casino.

Bovada has released NHL odds of all types. For our purposes, we pay close attention to the odds to win the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup. Here they have the payouts for each team, which equates to the calculated chances each team has at being the last team standing.

As you are looking through the odds, notice that certain teams you would have thought would have a better chance of winning are in the lower half of the list. It has been a strange season for some of the NHL’s best teams, and it is reflected in the numbers. As for the top two teams, they are easy enough to guess. However, which one do you think has the best odds of being crowned champions?

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Jeff Everette is a NFL columnist for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jeverettesports, “like” his page on Facebook, “Trust” him on Sulia, or join his community on Google+.

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16. New York Islanders: 40/1

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Earning a spot in this year’s playoffs is a step in the right direction for the New York Islanders. Unfortunately, Vegas does not believe they stand a chance. At 40/1, they could make you a pretty penny should they shock the world.

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15. Ottawa Senators: 28/1

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The odds are not as far off as the Islanders’, but the Ottawa Senators do not get much love either. At 28/1, they aren’t given much of a chance to advance past their first series.

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14. Detroit Red Wings: 28/1

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Usually a favorite to win it all, the Detroit Red Wings have the longest odds in their conference at 28/1.

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13. Minnesota Wild: 22/1

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Fate was not kind to the Minnesota Wild when they were matched up against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. At 22/1 though, they have better odds to go all the way than the Red Wings.

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12. Toronto Maple Leafs: 20/1

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The Toronto Maple Leafs finished the season 5-4-1, and they start their first round series on the road. Bovada gives them 20/1 to odds; not the worst, but far from the best.

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11. New York Rangers: 18/1

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The second of the state’s hockey teams, the New York Rangers are a bit more accustomed to postseason play. They enter this year’s playoffs as the sixth seed and are getting 18/1 on the books.

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10. Washington Capitals: 16/1

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Getting just slightly better odds are the Rangers first round opponents, the third seed Washington Capitals. Bovada sees them as 16/1 to win the Cup.

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9. San Jose Sharks: 16/1

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The San Jose Sharks get the same odds as the Capitals at 16/1, despite being just the sixth seed in the West.

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8. Vancouver Canucks: 14/1

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The Sharks match up against the Vancouver Canucks in the first round. The Canucks get a slight edge, listed as 14/1 to get past the Sharks and win it all.

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7. St. Louis Blues: 14/1

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The St. Louis Blues are getting the same odds as the Canucks at 14/1. They get the reigning NHL Champs in the first round.

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6. Los Angeles Kings: 14/1

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Speaking of the Champs, the Los Angeles Kings are getting 14/1 odds too.

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5. Montreal Canadiens: 12/1

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The second seed in the East, the Montreal Canadiens get 12/1 odds to hoist Sir Stanley’s Cup.

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4. Anaheim Ducks: 12/1

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The second best team in the East during the regular season, the Anaheim Ducks get have the Red Wings in the first round and get 12/1 odds to win it all.

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3. Boston Bruins: 17/2

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For being the fourth seed in the East, the Boston Bruins are getting a ton of love. They come in at 17/2 odds to surprise everyone and win everything.

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2. Chicago Blackhawks: 15/4

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It is no surprise to have the Chicago Blackhawks getting 15/4 odds to be the last team standing. The Blackhawks were downright dominant during the regular season.

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1. Pittsburgh Penguins: 7/2

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The Pittsburgh Penguins came on strong during the season and they never let up. Now, Bovada has them as the team with the best chance to winning the 2013 Stanley Cup, giving them 7/2 odds to stand alone atop the NHL Mountain.