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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 10, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya (35) celebrates with teammates after the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Florida Panthers won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Honorable Mention: Florida Panthers, 25/1

Record: 26-12-4, 56 points

Only an honorable mention? Yes, only an honorable mention. If I was in charge of the Vegas odds, they would easily be in the top 10, but I am merely reporting the Vegas odds. This is the hottest team in hockey, and it has tons of young talent and an experienced goaltender having a stellar year.

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Their offense is one that has depth, as their scoring has been spread throughout their lines. What they have been able to do throughout their 12-game win streak is spread out their scoring, so if one line has a bad night then other lines can pick up the slack.

With their front end successfully putting the puck in the net 116 times this season (ninth overall), their defense has been able to keep the puck out of their own net. They have let up 89 goals, which ranks first in the league, and the defense/goaltending tandem is the best part of this Panthers team. The defensemen cut down passing lanes and do not let the puck get to Roberto Luongo, but when it does get to him, he typically stops it, as he is only letting up 2.06 goals per game.

This is definitely the best team in the honorable mention section, and the Panthers are a great value pick for all you betting people out there, since Vegas apparently still does not believe in them

Next: Honorable Mention: New York Islanders

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