Updated Stanley Cup Odds for Every NHL Team After the Trade Deadline

Dave Lozo@@davelozoNHL National Lead WriterMarch 3, 2015

Updated Stanley Cup Odds for Every NHL Team After the Trade Deadline

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    Now that the smoke has cleared on the trade deadline, which team has the best shot at winning a Stanley Cup?

    Eight points separate the top 10 teams in the standings, so there is a lot of parity at the top of the league. A case can be made that the Cup still goes through Los Angeles and Chicago, but there are more worthy contenders for the crown this season than there were last season.

    To see the odds for all 30 teams (yes, even Buffalo), click through.

    Statistics and news courtesy of NHL.com.

30-26: Buffalo Sabres-Carolina Hurricanes

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    30. Buffalo Sabres (∞-to-1): That's the symbol for infinity. That means if you bet $1 on the Sabres to win the 2015 Stanley Cup, you would win an infinite amount of money.

    29. Arizona Coyotes (100 million-to-1): The Coyotes are pushing the Sabres for the worst record in the league. When that's the focus, as it should be, the Stanley Cup isn't in your immediate future.

    28. Edmonton Oilers (10 million-to-1): They aren't even trying to tank yet here they are fighting with the Sabres and Coyotes for the league's worst record. If the Oilers win their final 19 games, they will finish with 85 points. The list gets better as we move forward, promise.

    27. Toronto Maple Leafs (1 million-to-1): A 94-point season is in the offing if the Leafs win their final 19 games, so at least we are dealing in some sort of tangible reality that they could reach the postseason. They won't, however, especially after trading away a lot of players for future assets.

    26. Carolina Hurricanes (750,000-to-1): The season began with an injury to Jordan Staal, then more injuries followed and now the Hurricanes are hoping to win the draft lottery. The Hurricanes were done before they started.

25-21: Columbus Blue Jackets-Ottawa Senators

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    25: Columbus Blue Jackets (250,000-to-1): Another team that sold at the deadline. They dealt James Wisniewski to the Ducks and voluntarily accepted David Clarkson and his contract from Toronto. This is not a team looking to win a title in the immediate future.

    24. New Jersey Devils (1,000-to-1): Again, a team looking to the future. They are nine points out of a playoff spot, so we need to adjust the odds a bit, but they aren't going anywhere now.

    23. Dallas Stars (750-to-1): The loss of Tyler Seguin all but ended their playoff hopes. They traded Erik Cole for prospects and a pick at the deadline but have reason to be hopeful next season.

    22. Colorado Avalanche (500-to-1): They are eight points out of a playoff spot and have played one more game than the team they are chasing. The odds are long, although they didn't too much selling at the deadline.

    21. Ottawa Senators (250-to-1): Now it starts to get interesting. The Senators are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and seven points behind the Bruins for the final wild-card spot with two games in hand. They're not dead yet in the playoff race.

20. Philadelphia Flyers

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 200-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: Philadelphia is six points behind the Boston Bruins, who hold one game in hand. The schedule isn't difficult although it isn't easy for the Flyers, as eight of their final 19 games come against non-playoff teams as of Monday's games.

    Road to the Cup: It may as well be the yellow brick road because the Flyers have a better chance of skipping to a castle with a talking scarecrow. The playoffs are a long shot but the Cup is about as far-fetched as it gets for anyone with playoff hopes.

19. Florida Panthers

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 100-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Panthers are within spitting distance of the eighth-place Bruins and added Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline. The Panthers and Bruins meet twice over the rest of the season, including each team's penultimate game on April 9.

    Road to the Cup: It's not quite time for the Panthers, who will very likely be a sacrificial lamb for whoever they play in the first round, to make that Cup run. They have made great strides with their young core doing a lot of the work, which is a good sign for the future.

18. Calgary Flames

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 50-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The road is lined with metal spikes, potholes and black ice now that Mark Giordano is done for the season with a torn biceps. The Flames' hold on a playoff spot with a healthy Giordano was tenuous at best, but this just about seals their fate.

    Road to the Cup: The Flames were never getting beyond the first round even if they defied their poor underlying numbers and reached the playoffs. They wisely acted as sellers at the deadline, so now fans must cross their fingers and hope to win the draft lottery.

17. Vancouver Canucks

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 45-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Canucks have a five-point lead on the ninth-place spot in the West but it's hardly a cushion. The Kings and Sharks will probably make a push at the Canucks, who have a moderate schedule and close to an even home/road split the rest of the way.

    Road to the Cup: One year after missing the playoffs, the Stanley Cup isn't in the offing for the Canucks. They'll likely have a hard time winning one round, never mind four.

16. San Jose Sharks

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 45-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: Who knows with the Sharks? They had lost five of six and eight of 10 before throttling the Canadiens on Monday night to inch closer to a playoff spot. Either the Kings or Sharks should overtake the Flames but that means another team currently in the top eight needs to get bounced for both teams to get in.

    Road to the Cup: It's not out of the question for the Sharks to reach the playoffs but a Cup is a pipe dream. The Sharks lack the forward depth to compete with the better teams, and with GM Doug Wilson deciding against adding pieces at the deadline, this season isn't ending with a title.

15. Winnipeg Jets

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 40-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: We are now entering dark-horse territory. The Jets aren't a safe bet for the playoffs yet but they used the deadline to add forward depth, which should benefit them the rest of the way. Their schedule features few easy games, as they face just five non-playoff squads to close the season.

    Road to the Cup: If the Jets reach the playoffs, they have enough talent to do damage. If Michael Hutchinson is in net, they can give either of the division winners trouble. Can they win 16 games? Probably not, but a second-round trip wouldn't be a shocker.

14. Boston Bruins

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 25-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: After getting Brett Connolly at the deadline, the cash-strapped, injury-plagued Bruins will fight and claw to hang on to the final wild-card spot in the East. After playing their next three games at home, 11 of their final 17 games are on the road.

    Road to the Cup: If the Bruins earn the final wild-card spot, get David Krejci back at full strength and avoid the Canadiens in the first round, hey, you never know, right? There are plenty of flaws in the East and if the Bruins can get hot at the right time, perhaps their experience and goaltending can get them back to the final.

13. Washington Capitals

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 18-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: They're in; it's just a matter of their seeding. The top teams in the Metro are creating space between them and the Capitals but with the razor-thin difference between No. 1 and No. 7 in the conference, it doesn't matter much anyway.

    Road to the Cup: The Capitals have a difference-making goaltender in Braden Holtby, perhaps the league MVP in Alex Ovechkin and maybe their most complete team in years. With Barry Trotz at the helm, a championship is a realistic possibility in America's capital.

12. Minnesota Wild

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 15-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: Since acquiring Devan Dubnyk from the Coyotes, the Wild are 15-3-2 and moved into a wild-card spot in the West. It's not a guarantee that they even get in yet but if they continue to play anywhere close to how they've played the past six weeks, they'll be fine.

    Road to the Cup: An interesting aspect to the Wild being a wild card is this: If five teams from the Central reach the playoffs, one will cross over into the Pacific for the first two rounds. The Pacific is arguably the worst division in the league, so if they can slice through the first two rounds and avoid Nashville, Chicago and St. Louis until the conference final, the Wild will be a Cup threat.

11. Detroit Red Wings

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 12-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Red Wings are fighting for the top spot in Atlantic and the East. Their goal at this point is to secure home ice in at least the first round of the playoffs.

    Road to the Cup: It won't be easy, as the Red Wings aren't that big of a team. They added Erik Cole at the deadline, but a player who lacks a goal in his past 34 postseason games probably isn't the difference. Unless they get a favorable Round 1 matchup, they're probably a first-round patsy.

10. Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 12-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Lightning have all but clinched. They've played two more games than Montreal, so catching the Habs won't be easy. The goal for now should be to hold off the Red Wings for second in the Atlantic.

    Road to the Cup: It's doable. The Lightning have four solid lines and bolstered their defense with the addition of Braydon Coburn at the deadline. The one question mark is Ben Bishop, a very good goaltender who has never played in a postseason game.

9. Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 12-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: It will be a dogfight to see who comes out on top of the Metro. Right now, the Penguins are three points behind the division-leading Rangers. At worst, they should be figuring a way to climb into second place.

    Road to the Cup: Do they have enough depth at forward this time? GM Jim Rutherford has done what he can in that area since being hired over the summer. Marc-Andre Fleury is having one of his best seasons, but it will come down to whether his playoff yips return again.

8. Montreal Canadiens

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 12-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Canadiens are atop the East, trying to secure a first-round matchup against a wild-card team. The schedule isn't easy the rest of the way; they face eight non-playoff teams, but three of those matchups are against the Panthers.

    Road to the Cup: They fortified their defense and forwards at the deadline and have the best goalie in the league. If they can win the East and draw the Bruins or Panthers, they should have little trouble advancing. Carey Price is having a Hart Trophy season; he may have to have a Conn Smythe playoff to bring Montreal a Cup, but he can do it.

7. St. Louis Blues

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 12-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Blues will finish anywhere between first and third in the Central and still have a shot at home ice throughout the playoffs. Like with almost every team in the West, a tough schedule the rest of the way won't make things easy.

    Road to the Cup: It should come down to goaltending. Can Brian Elliott win 16 games? They have a better offense than they had last season and their defense was made stronger with the addition of Zbynek Michalek, assuming he can return at full strength from a concussion. With the Blackhawks weakened by the loss of Patrick Kane and the Kings stumbling, the Blues have an opening.

6. New York Rangers

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 10-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Rangers are surging and overtook the Islanders for first place in the Metro on Monday. The schedule and home/road split over their final 20 games isn't noteworthy, so if Henrik Lundqvist returns at full strength, they can make a push for first place in the East.

    Road to the Cup: The Rangers, when healthy, have 12 tough forwards, six capable defensemen and one of the game's best goaltenders. Perhaps the only first-round matchup that would be daunting would be the Islanders, but the Rangers are capable of beating anyone four times out of seven. They fell inches short last season; maybe this is the year they complete the run to a Cup.

5. New York Islanders

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 10-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Islanders are tied for the league lead in wins (41) and regulation/overtime wins (36). We are just waiting to see if they can hold off the Rangers and Penguins for the Metro title.

    Road to the Cup: The only glaring issue with the Islanders is playoff experience or a lack thereof. For some players, their six-game loss to the Penguins in 2013 is all they have. Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy have their fair share of it with Boston and Chicago, respectively, but there's not much else on the team. That will likely be their roadblock to winning a Cup, at least this year.

4. Anaheim Ducks

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 10-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: They are running away with the Pacific, so all that's left to learn is if the Ducks are a No. 1 or 2 seed in the West. They have won five of six after losing five of six, so they are climbing toward a Presidents' Trophy.

    Road to the Cup: The Ducks remodeled their defense at the deadline but how much better that made it is a question. Frederik Andersen struggled mightily in his first postseason in 2014 but the job should be is this season. The Ducks may not have the depth to compete with some of the better teams in the West but this is their best chance at a Cup in years.

3. Los Angeles Kings

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 10-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: The Kings begin play in ninth place in the West, tied with the Flames, who reside in eighth by way of a tiebreaker. The Kings have lost three straight but with Mark Giordano of the Flames done for the season, the Kings should have no trouble overtaking them for a wild-card spot.

    Road to the Cup: The Kings have proven twice in three years that seeding does not matter to them. They won the Cup in 2012 as a No. 8 seed and won it again last year despite starting their first three series on the road. They are the rare team that has a harder time reaching the playoffs than winning in them.

2. Nashville Predators

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 8-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: A 2-4-1 stretch, easily their worst seven-game stretch of the season, has shrunk their lead for first place in the West. They are getting dangerously close to having to face Chicago or St. Louis in the first round. The Predators have exceeded expectations all season; is this them crashing to earth, or hitting a lull like every team does?

    Road to the Cup: Perhaps no team needs a first-round matchup with a wild card more than Nashville. The Predators may not have the offensive firepower required to win it all, but Pekka Rinne can offset those issues. A championship can happen but it will likely require Rinne to play at a .940 level for two months.

1. Chicago Blackhawks

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    Stanley Cup Odds: 6-to-1

    Road to the Playoffs: Even without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks are still the most talented team in the league. Adding Kimmo Timonen and Antoine Vermette will keep the Blackhawks' hopes at second in the Central alive. 

    Road to the Cup: The Blackhawks are in a unique situation. Their goal is to stay alive until Kane can return, which may not be earlier than the third round. Having to potentially face a Nashville-St. Louis combination in the first two rounds without Kane may be harder than winning the final two rounds with Kane. Corey Crawford, who imploded in the conference finals last year, will have to be better.