Penguins, Predators and All NHL Teams' Odds for 2018 Stanley Cup Final Released

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russia, and Sidney Crosby (87) kiss the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Fresh off the Pittsburgh Penguins winning their second straight Stanley Cup, they're already installed as favorites for a repeat.

Oddsshark provided the initial odds for the 2017-18 Stanley Cup winner, with the Penguins coming in as the favorite at 9-1. The Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals are second favorites at 10-1, while a group of four teams, highlighted by the runner-up Nashville Predators, are sitting at 14-1.

Pittsburgh repeated as Stanley Cup champions Sunday night with a 2-0 win over the Predators in Nashville. Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes to break a game that had been in a scoreless deadlock for nearly an hour of playing time.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named the Conn Smythe winner for the second straight postseason.

"We knew it was going to be tough all year, but we just tried to keep with it," Crosby said, per CBS News. "We had a lot of injuries and things like that. We just kept finding ways. That was really what we did all season, all playoffs. It's great to be able to do it."

The Penguins are the first repeat Stanley Cup winner since the Detroit Red Wings won in 1997 and 1998. No team has won three consecutive since the New York Islanders reeled off four straight from 1980-1983.

Pittsburgh and the Chicago Blackhawks are the only franchises with at least three Cups since the turn of the century. 

"You have a small window to play and have a career," Crosby said. "I feel fortunate, but I also understand how difficult it was so you just want to try to make the best of it."

Washington led the NHL in points each of the last two seasons before falling short in the playoffs. Edmonton made its first playoff appearance in more than a decade in 2016-17 and has perhaps the most promising young roster in the league, led by rising star Conor McDavid.

No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since Montreal took home its 23rd in 1993.

2017-18 Stanley Cup Odds

Pittsburgh Penguins: 9-1

Edmonton Oilers: 10-1

Washington Capitals: 10-1

Anaheim Ducks: 14-1

Nashville Predators: 14-1

Chicago Blackhawks: 14-1

Minnesota Wild: 14-1

Toronto Maple Leafs: 16-1

Boston Bruins: 16-1

New York Rangers: 18-1

Los Angeles Kings: 18-1

Montreal Canadiens: 20-1

Columbus Blue Jackets: 20-1

San Jose Sharks: 20-1

St. Louis blues: 20-1

Tampa Bay Lightning: 20-1

Dallas Stars: 20-1

Ottawa Senators: 25-1

Florida Panthers: 33-1

Calgary Flames: 33-1

New York Islanders: 40-1

Winnipeg Jets: 40-1

Philadelphia Flyers: 40-1

Buffalo Sabres: 50-1

Carolina Hurricanes: 66-1

Detroit Red Wings: 80-1

Arizona Coyotes: 80-1

Colorado Avalanche: 80-1

New Jersey Devils: 100-1

Vancouver Canucks: 100-1

Las Vegas Golden Knights: 200-1

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