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 10, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening (41) is defended by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2) defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and goalie John Gibson (36) during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

Honorable Mention: Anaheim Ducks, 20/1

Record: 17-17-7, 41 points

After a 1-7-2 start to the season, the Ducks have been able to pick up ground, to the point where they temporarily had the third spot in the Pacific Division. They have the fewest goals in the league with just 78 on the season. While they are not putting the puck in the net, players like Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen head the defensive group that is tied for fourth in the league in goals allowed.

While this is a team that has not exactly performed up to its expectations, it has a core group of veterans that could be very scary come late in the season, if they make a postseason run. Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are all players who have playoff experience and know what they are doing in such situations down the stretch. Perry in particular is the leading scorer with 16 goals and 11 assists on the season for the Ducks.

All things considered from this team and the division it happens to be in, I think this is a team that will take the second spot in the Pacific Division over the Arizona Coyotes. The Ducks will erase their early-season drought and make the playoffs. However, they will not get past the Kings in their own division in the playoffs.

Next: No. 10: Tampa Bay Lightning

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