NHL Playoffs: Vegas likes Boston to win it all
As the Tampa Bay Lightning get ready to open the 2013-2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs by hosting Montreal at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday night. They do so as a decided underdog, the Las Vegas odds makers feel that they have a 28 to 1 chance of hoisting the Stanley Cup.
This year’s playoffs are broken down into four subsections with each conference having two four-team brackets. There will be no re-seeding this year, as each section has seeds 1-4 and will play to completion. Each section champion will then meet in the conference finals with the two conference champions playing for the Stanley Cup.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Boston Bruins come into the postseason as the favorite to win it all, as they have odds of 7/2 odds. Other short odds to win are the St. Louis Blues (6/1), the Pittsburgh Penguins (7/1) and the Chicago Blackhawks (8/1).
Boston has a one seed in its region after winning the Atlantic Division. The Bruins went 54-19-9 on the season and will face the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round.
St. Louis is the No. 2 seed in its region after going 52-37-7 on the season. The Blues will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round.
Pittsburgh is the No. 1 seed in its region after winning the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins have gone 51-24-6 this season and will face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening round.
Chicago is the No. 3 seed in its region and the defending Cup champs. Chicago went 46-21-7 on the season.
For odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup, see below
2014 Stanley Cup Odds
Boston Bruins 7/2
St. Louis Blues 6/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
Chicago Blackhawks 8/1
Anaheim Ducks 9/1
San Jose Sharks 9/1
Los Angeles Kings 10/1
Colorado Avalanche 14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 18/1
Detroit Red Wings 20/1
Montreal Canadiens 20/1
New York Rangers 20/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 28/1
Minnesota Wild 40/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1
Dallas Stars 50/1