Editorials

NHL: Stanley Cup Odds For 16 Contenders

By Mike Brennan
Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 6, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes (C) talks to his team from behind the bench during the second period against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /

Honorable Mention: New Jersey Devils, 100/1

Record: 21-17-5, 47 points

In the top-heavy Eastern Conference, the odds are not good for teams like the New Jersey Devils, who will go back and forth for the rest of the season between in the playoffs and out of the playoffs. They currently hold the second wild-card spot in the east, but teams like Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are all quickly approaching and within two or three points. The Devils took a big blow to their postseason chances at the beginning of the month when their leading point earner Mike Cammalleri went out for an extended period of time with an upper-body injury. He has 14 goals and 21 assists on the year.

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This team has gotten this far through its defense. The Devils currently sit tied for seventh in the league in goals against, as their top four defensive players — Andy Greene, Damon Severson, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Adam Larsson — are all players who do not score a lot, but who push the puck up and get on the score sheet mainly with assists. However, it must be mentioned that Gragnani has only played two games so far, and is only in because of injuries. But the other three love stretch passes and pushing up from their own defensive zone. They are also players who will not let shots get to the net, as they all have high shot block numbers.

As for the postseason, they have worse odds to win the cup because of the fact that to win, they would have to get past the top teams in the East — Washington and the like. If they get in, they will probably not go anywhere.

Next: Honorable Mention: Colorado Avalanche

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