NHL Playoff Odds 2014: Handicapping Every Team's Championship Hopes

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NHL Playoff Odds 2014: Handicapping Every Team's Championship Hopes
Jae C. Hong

The Sweet 16 is set.

Spring means playoff hockey, and this year's battle for the Stanley Cup is going to be grueling, especially in the Western Conference, where six teams finished with 100 points or more.

Making this year special is that it's the first in the new format that pits divisional rivals against each other at every opportunity and sets up some great first-round rivalries, new and old.

Some teams have spectacular offenses with weaknesses in goal or on defense. Others are stellar in their own end but lack the same kind of firepower the top teams have.

A few are blessed with strength in every area—but even they will have trouble making it through four rounds of best-of-seven series unscathed.

Get ready to enjoy weeks worth of the fastest game on ice. Click ahead to see what we think the odds are for some of these teams to come out on top.

Statistics are courtesy of NHL.com, Shrpsports.com and ExtraSkater.com unless otherwise noted.

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