But St. Louis, which skidded to the finish line with six straight losses, seems an ambitious pick to win the West and make the Stanley Cup finals.
But that's what oddsmakers believe will happen as they make that matchup the shortest Stanley Cup betting choice as the NHL playoffs get underway.
Other NHL betting lines see first round playoff series odds favoring the Bruins heavily in their matchup against No. 8 seed Detroit Red Wings. St. Louis however is a slight favorite to defeat the defending Cup champions from Chicago.
Both teams are expecting to get top players back from injury in time for puck drop this week. In St. Louis, that means T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko and in Chicago, that means Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Among the other one-sided first round matchups (according to Sports Interaction lines makers anyway) are the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Pens are big favorites as the second seed in the East.
"That line owes to the fact Colorado is such a young team that really hasn't had a slump all season," said Jack Randall of OddsShark.com. "The fear is that they get a case of nerves and fall to the Wild."
Indeed, Colorado has succeeded lately in the face of injuries to stars like Matt Duchene and the question remains whether rookies and overachievers can sustain their regular-season success in April.
The other matchups in the East see Tampa Bay in a dead heat for betting purposes against the Montreal Canadiens (the line Canadian team in the playoff this season) and the New York Rangers slightly favored over hated rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the other West series, San Jose and Los Angeles clash in a huge first-round battle of top excellent teams.
Lines per Sports Interaction: (see other NHL playoff series odds from other books courtesy of Odds Shark):
Anaheim Ducks -333
Dallas Stars +220
Boston Bruins v Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins -333
Detroit Red Wings +220
Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche -175
Minnesota Wild +125
Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens -118
Tampa Bay Lightning -118
New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers -141
Philadelphia Flyers +100
Pittsburgh Penguins v Columbus Blue Jackets
Pittsburgh Penguins -385
Columbus Blue Jackets +250
San Jose Sharks -167
Los Angeles Kings +120
St Louis Blues -141
Chicago Blackhawks +100