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Penguins favored to three-peat as Stanley Cup champions according to Vegas odds

Once again, the Penguins top the list.

2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Stanley Cup playoffs just ended, but Vegas is already the talk of the town.

No, not the Vegas Golden Knights. Their time is the next few weeks. For now, Vegas already has the odds out for which team will win the Stanley Cup in the 2017-18 NHL season.

First, the odds from Bovada. And then some observations.

2017-18 Stanley Cup odds

Team Odds
Team Odds
Pittsburgh Penguins 9/1
Chicago Blackhawks 12/1
Edmonton Oilers 12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 12/1
Washington Capitals 12/1
Anaheim Ducks 14/1
Nashville Predators 14/1
Dallas Stars 16/1
Minnesota Wild 16/1
Montreal Canadiens 16/1
New York Rangers 16/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 16/1
Los Angeles Kings 18/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 20/1
San Jose Sharks 22/1
St. Louis Blues 28/1
Boston Bruins 33/1
Calgary Flames 33/1
Ottawa Senators 33/1
Florida Panthers 40/1
New York Islanders 40/1
Philadelphia Flyers 40/1
Winnipeg Jets 40/1
Arizona Coyotes 66/1
Buffalo Sabres 66/1
Carolina Hurricanes 66/1
Detroit Red Wings 66/1
Colorado Avalanche 75/1
New Jersey Devils 75/1
Vancouver Canucks 75/1
Las Vegas Golden Knights 150/1

Observation time!

  • No surprise, the Penguins top the list. Winning back-to-back Stanley Cups for the first time in 20 years will do that.
  • Early exits from top teams don’t phase Vegas, apparently. The Blackhawks and Capitals remain in the top five despite disappointing playoff runs.
  • More surprising are the teams with high odds that didn’t even make the playoffs. Tampa Bay is tied for second. Dallas is somehow right there with playoff teams like the Canadiens and Wild despite an awful season that left them with the third overall pick.
  • Vegas isn’t buying this whole Columbus Blue Jackets thing yet. Hard to blame them. Columbus was bad for years before flipping a switch this season.
  • But seeing Ottawa so far down the list after a Conference Finals appearance is surprising.
  • The best part of this, though? Vegas gives their home team the worst odds next season.