The Chicago Blackhawks made a couple of additions in the offseason, most notably center Brad Richards, and it appears that betting services are taking notice of the team.
According to Bodog, the Blackhawks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup championship in 2015, sporting 13-to-2 odds of winning a third title in six years. The Los Angeles Kings, who have two of the last three Stanley Cups and beat the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final in June, are second on the list at 9-to-1.
Rounding out the top five are the Boston Bruins (10/1), the Anaheim Ducks (12/1) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (12/1). The St. Louis Blues also have 12-to-1 odds, and the Blackhawks’ Central Division rival Minnesota Wild have a 16-to-1 shot of winning the championship.
The Blackhawks are also 7-to-4 favorites to win the Central Division, edging out the Blues in that category, and they are 7-to-2 favorites to win the Western Conference championship.
For those with an appetite for living dangerously, there are four teams who share the distinction of being the biggest long shots to win the Cup, as the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators are all 75-to-1 underdogs to hoist the trophy.