NHL Betting: Penguins are Cup Favorites for 2014

pensGoalThe 2013-14 Stanley Cup odds are out and it’s no surprise that the Pittsburgh Penguins are once again favored to win the Stanley Cup. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin back leading the way, the Pens are listed at 13/2 to take home the coveted trophy.

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However, the question for the Pens is in net. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been awful in the last two postseasons and the team might need to find another solution if they are to become serious contenders.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks are posted at 15/2 to repeat and considering they will be returning with most of their roster intact, there’s a good chance they’ll be among the last left standing. The team they beat in the finals – the Boston Bruins – are at 10/1 and they’ll be hungry after falling just short.

There are a number of Western Conference teams who are next in line according to the odds, starting with the St. Louis Blues at 12/1. If they can find some offense, they might be good value as their goaltending and defense are stellar. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are at 14/1 while the Detroit Red Wings, who nearly defeated the Blackhawks in this year’s postseason, are at 16/1.

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