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The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to win the 2013 Stanley Cup on Monday night, scoring two goals in the final two minutes of the third period to turn a one-goal deficit into an incredible one-goal victory. There was no Game 7 needed back in Chicago, as the Blackhawks made the trip back home with the Stanley Cup in their possession.
The chapter is closed on the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, which as the hockey season that was shortened by the lockout proved to be quite exciting in the end. In fact, there may not have been a more exciting Stanley Cup Finals series to have taken play in the last several decades, it was that good.
Anyone who watched that series saw why hockey can be a great and exciting sport to watch, and it certainly paved a nice path for next season.
Pittsburgh – 13/2 (+650)
Chicago – 15/2 (+750)
Boston – 10/1 (+1000)
St. Louis – 12/1 (+1200)
Vancouver – 14/1 (+1400)
The 2013-14 NHL season will not be shortened due to the lockout as the full 82 games plus playoffs are scheduled.
Oddsmakers quickly came out with 2014 Stanley Cup championship betting lines, wasting little time in setting a favorite for the upcoming season.
The Blackhawks are right near the top of the list of favorites, but they are not No.1. That title goes to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins were the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, but lost in the conference finals to the Bruins. Pittsburgh has been in this role of the favorite for the last couple of years though, so this is nothing new. The Penguins are set at 13/2 at Bovada Sportsbook.
Chicago isn’t far behind at all though, going off at 15/2 to repeat their title. And why not? The Blackhawks certainly proved to be the best team this season, right from the start with that impressive opening win streak. And even when they faced a 3-1 deficit in the second round of the postseason to the Detroit Red Wings, they showed that they are quite resilient in the face of elimination.
The runner-up Bruins fall in line next, installed at 10/1. Boston was just a couple of minutes away from a Game 7, but lost composure and control of Game 6 which ultimately cost them a shot at the championship. It will be a tough offseason no doubt, but expect Boston to bounce back.
The odds continue to remain in a steady increase from here, with no big jumps. The St. Louis Blues are set at 12/1 on the betting line, with the Los Angeles Kings going off at 14/1 alongside the Vancouver Canucks.
LatestBettingOdds.com has the complete betting odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup listed below.
Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup – Found at Bovada Sportsbook 6/26/2013