Following an outstanding trade deadline, the St. Louis Blues appear to be the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Yahoo! Sports updated their odds this morning, and the Blues are more heavily favored than the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks.
Here’s a look at the whole list.
Stanley Cup odds Blues 5/1 Hawks 13/2 Pens 13/2 Ducks 15/2 Bruins 15/2 Sharks 10/1 Kings 12/1 Avs 20/1 Rangers 20/1 Habs 25/1 Leafs 25/1
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) March 6, 2014
This shouldn’t be too surprising, as St. Louis was a Cup favorite before going out and acquiring Ryan Miller and Steve Ott a few days ahead of the March 5 deadline. The sample size is small, but the Blues have been able to win a few imperfect games with late comebacks recently.
Perhaps it was this proof of constitution that pushed St. Louis to the top of the list, but this has been a top-end team all season long. Alexander Steen has developed into a legitimate scoring threat, David Backes still does David Backes things and Miller gives the team something that it hasn’t had in a very long time in an elite goaltender.
Good odds don’t guarantee a Stanley Cup parade—just ask the 2013 Penguins—but the numbers look pretty good for the Blues as they head into the playoff stretch run.
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