Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Stanley Cup Vegas Odds

I'm not a gambler, but I find it interesting to see how the big gambling houses set their Stanley Cup odds each year. How do the big bettors see the best and worst bets?

Well, Bodog.com (Notorious for their advertising) published these odds.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks 10/1
Atlanta Thrashers 30/1
Boston Bruins 30/1
Buffalo Sabres 9/1
Calgary Flames 12/1
Carolina Hurricanes 10/1
Chicago Blackhawks 90/1
Colorado Avalanche 20/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1
Dallas Stars 15/1
Detroit Red Wings 7/1
Edmonton Oilers 30/1
Florida Panthers 30/1
Los Angeles Kings 40/1
Minnesota Wild 20/1
Montreal Canadiens 30/1
Nashville Predators 15/1
New Jersey Devils 11/1
New York Islanders 50/1
New York Rangers 15/1
Ottawa Senators 7/1
Philadelphia Flyers 10/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 75/1
San Jose Sharks 10/1
St. Louis Blues 80/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 25/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 30/1
Vancouver Canucks 20/1
Washington Capitals 90/1


Interesting that they have Detroit and Ottawa as the betting favourites. Given Ottawa's playoff record, and Hasek's gimpy groin, those seem like fool's bets to me, as is Philly 10/1 with goaltending that blows trumpets.

Nashville at 15/1? Tempting, but their defense is still a bit small. San Jose and Anaheim at 10/1 seem like solid bets, and I'd probably go with one of them if I felt the need to put my money where my mouth is. The best looking bet? I'd go with Calgary at 12/1. Sure, the offense might kinda suck, but with that team, it's a better bet, IMO, than Detroit or Ottawa.

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