Stanley Cup Futures (06/16/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Odds to win the 2016 Stanley Cup. Odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.



The Chicago Blackhawks were the favorites to win the Stanley Cup entering the 2014-15 season and they are the oddsmakers' pick to win it all again next year.

The Blackhawks are 7/1 to become the first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Chicago has won three Stanley Cup championships since 2010.

Stanley Cup runner-up, the Tampa Bay Lightning, have the fourth best odds at 12/1.

In 2014 the Los Angeles Kings won it all but then failed to make the playoffs in 2015. The bookmakers are expecting the Kings to bounce back in 2016. Los Angeles has the sixth best odds (14/1) to win it all.

The Western Conference is expected to be strong. Five of the top seven most likely champions are out West.

Here are the early odds for every NHL team to win the 2016 Stanley Cup.

Team Odds
Chicago Blackhawks 7/1
New York Rangers 8/1
Anaheim Ducks 10/1
St. Louis Blues 12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 12/1
Los Angeles Kings 14/1
Minnesota Wild 14/1
Montreal Canadiens 14/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 14/1
Boston Bruins 16/1
Nashville Predators 16/1
Washington Capitals 18/1
New York Islanders 22/1
Winnipeg Jets 25/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 33/1
Detroit Red Wings 33/1
Edmonton Oilers 33/1
Calgary Flames 40/1
San Jose Sharks 40/1
Vancouver Canucks 40/1
Ottawa Senators 50/1
Colorado Avalanche 66/1
Dallas Stars 66/1
New Jersey Devils 66/1
Phiadelphia Flyers 66/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 66/1
Florida Panthers 75/1
Buffalo Sabres 100/1
Carolina Hurricanes 100/1
Arizona Coyotes 100/1