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5 Teams With the Best Odds to Win the 2014 Stanley Cup

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5 Teams With the Best Odds to Win Stanley Cup This Year

Best Odds to Win 2014 Stanley Cup
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The NHL playoffs are just days away, and only 16 teams will make it. Will yours? There have been some quality teams this year; some won the majority of their games, but continuously lost against a lesser ranked team. I took this into account, along with playoff matchups, when picking the teams with the best odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. These aren't necessarily the teams I want to win, but I think have the best chance to. Check them out.

5. New York Rangers

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5. New York Rangers

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The New York Rangers were not a top ranked team this season, but they play hard. They have only won the Stanley Cup four times with their last time being in 1994, but I think they will lift the cup up again 10 years later. Their first playoff matchup will most likely be against the Philadelphia Flyers, and although it will be a tough one, because they had a 2-2 series this season, I think the Ranger will come out on top.

4. Tampa Bay Lightning

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4. Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is another non-seeding team in the race for the NHL Stanley Cup, but I think it also has a lot to show for itself. It is not a popular team after only winning the Stanley Cup once before in 2004, but they beat the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings repeatedly this season, and I think they could take them in the playoffs as well.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins

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3. Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have to play their best to continue through the playoffs, but I think they will do well. They have won three Stanley Cup titles with the last one being in 2009, but after a great season this year, they will be ready to win again. They came out on top in the Metropolitan Division, and they have won every game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, their first playoff opponent, this season. They are ready to win.

2. Colorado Avalanche

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2. Colorado Avalanche

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The Colorado Avalanche have had quite the season, finishing as one of the top contenders in the NHL Western Conference. This is the team other teams need to watch out for. They have only won two cups, but I think they're ready to make a change; they can win the series of any team in faces in the playoffs. They won the majority of games they played against the St. Louis Blues, who finished second in the Western Conference.

1. Anaheim Ducks

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1. Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim Ducks to Win 2014 Stanley Cup
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The Anaheim Ducks have only ever won the Stanley Cup once in 2007, but I think they're ready to win once again. They had quite the incredible season, and players and fans alike have much to be proud of. I think they can handle any team they face, including southern California rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, who they beat continuously throughout the season. Anaheim fans have a lot to look forward to during the playoffs.