2012-13 Betting Odds

The odds to win the Stanley Cup in the 2012-13 NHL season have been floating around this summer. Here they are below as currently posted on Bovada:

Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Nashville Predators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals
New Jersey Devils
Edmonton Oilers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Anaheim Ducks
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Dallas Stars
Winnipeg Jets
New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets

Of course, there are plenty of other sports betting sites to choose from, and you may even find better odds. But Bovada seems to be the one everyone uses for this discussion, so we’ll go with that.

A few thoughts:

  • I think we’ll just have to come to terms with the fact that while Sidney Crosby is still in the league, the Penguins will be at the top of this list year after year. Especially while Malkin is winning scoring titles.
  • Bovada must like the Rick Nash move by Glen Sather.
  • Seems a little high for the Canucks as well, at least until their goaltending situation gets sorted out.
  • That brings us to the defending champion Los Angeles Kings, in which every player that touched the cup on June 11 will be returning to training camp in September.
  • While 12/1 seems like a good deal, I have a hunch that the team will struggle somewhere around November, and you may even be able to get a better deal should you like the Kings’ chances of repeating.
  • Gambler’s choice – value picks:
    • Ottawa Sentors. Took the Rangers to seven games, and brought in talented defenseman Marc Methot, without losing any key players.
    • Colorado Avalanche. Still loaded with talent, and if Varlamov progresses the way he did last year, they’ll at least be a playoff team.
    • Florida Panthers. I didn’t think there was any way in hell they’d make the playoffs last year, but they actually almost took out the Eastern Conference champions. Which brings me to:
    • New Jersey Devils. As much as I hate to say it, you have to like the value at 28/1 on the Stanley Cup runners-up, even without Zach Parise.
  • Safe picks:
    • Boston Bruins. If Tuukka Rask can take over seamlessly in Boston, another year under Tyler Seguin’s development, and the potential coming of Dougie Hamilton could mean big things for the B’s.
    • New York Rangers. The defensive corps is young, talented, and now a year older with valuable playoff experience. Their reigning Vezina winner is not likely to falter, and oh yeah, they acquired Rick Nash without losing any valuable pieces.
    • Los Angeles Kings. I cannot remember the last time a team won the Stanley Cup and not only didn’t lose any key players, but ANY players. Also, look for Tyler Toffoli to make a splash at some point this season.

While the legalization of sports betting is still a somewhat debated issue, it is entertaining to take a look at how some of those sites attempt to skew the odds in their favor. Of course, the most important odds of all:

Odds of a 2012-2013 season happening:

Anybody’s guess. I’d say it’s hovering at 50/50 right now but going down starting Sept 1 at a rate of 5%/day if no headway is made.

One Response to “2012-13 Betting Odds”
  1. Player X says:

    Fun article, like the pointers team-by-team. Kills me how the Kings are not second, as most of the Rangers had career years, Nash is over-rated and Gaborik is always a question mark to even play but certain to be inconsistent.

    And Vancouver, talk about over-rated… They get there and then don’t produce, and their team’s age is starting to become a negative factor, lots of games over the past years with deep playoff runs. Nobody on the top 6 of the Canucks has their best years ahead of them, in my opinion.

    Meanwhile, the Kings had mostly lousy years during the regular season, and if you can win the Cup after that kinda year the confidence will be strong no matter what the situation next time.

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