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Blackhawks, Penguins open as co-favorites to win 2017 Stanley Cup

Blackhawks, Penguins open as co-favorites to win 2017 Stanley Cup

The World Cup of Hockey is officially set to begin Saturday, but training camp for the upcoming NHL season is right around the corner which means it's time to get an early look at each team's championship odds.

The Blackhawks and Penguins, winners of the past two Stanley Cups, have opened as co-favorites to win it all in 2017 with 9/1 odds, according to Bovada.

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While the Blackhawks lost a few key pieces over the offseason, such as Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen, a shored up defense with Brian Campbell and overseas addition Michal Kempny has propelled them back to the top as the favorite to come out of the Western Conference.

The Penguins will enter the season with virtually the same roster that won the Stanley Cup in June and will look to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98 to repeat as champions.

Check out the full list below:

Chicago Blackhawks: 9/1

Pittsburgh Penguins: 9/1

Tampa Bay Lightning: 10/1

Washington Capitals: 10/1

Dallas Stars: 12/1

St. Louis Blues: 14/1

San Jose Sharks: 14/1

Anaheim Ducks: 16/1

Florida Panthers: 16/1

Los Angeles Kings: 16/1

Nashville Predators: 16/1

Boston Bruins: 25/1

Detroit Red Wings: 25/1

Minnesota Wild: 25/1

Montreal Canadiens: 25/1

New York Islanders: 25/1

New York Rangers: 25/1

Edmonton Oilers: 33/1

Philadelphia Flyers: 33/1

Buffalo Sabres: 50/1

Calgary Flames: 50/1

Colorado Avalanche: 50/1

New Jersey Devils: 50/1

Ottawa Senators: 50/1

Toronto Maple Leafs: 50/1

Winnipeg Jets: 50/1

Arizona Coyotes: 66/1

Carolina Hurricanes: 66/1

Columbus Blue Jackets: 66/1

Vancouver Canucks: 66/1

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.