By Allan Muir
Maybe hockey gamblers aren’t the same folks as hockey historians.
That might explain why the Chicago Blackhawks are now the odds-on favorite to celebrate their third Stanley Cup in five years next June, according to Bovada.com.
If they were to win, Chicago would be the first team to repeat since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.
The Hawks were initially set at 15-2 after the Cup final ended, but action from the public over the free agency period has moved them past the Pittsburgh Penguins into the top spot. The Pens, who have yet to figure out a way to convince Marc-Andre Fleury that it’s 2009 again, somehow remained at 13-2.
What’s harder to justify is the love for Edmonton — the Oilers will be in tough to make the playoffs in the new Pacific Division — or Minnesota (who knows if they’re even going to make payroll?) but both teams vaulted from 33-1 to 20-1 in response to player action. Hey, it’s all a crapshoot, right?
Here are the latest odds on the winner of the 2014 Stanley Cup: