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Early 2020 Stanley Cup odds: Where do Blackhawks come in at?

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Early 2020 Stanley Cup odds: Where do Blackhawks come in at?

The 2018-19 NHL season came to an end on Wednesday night after the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It capped an unbelievable run by the Blues, who became the first team in the expansion era (1967-68) to sit in last place overall at any point after its 30th game and win the title.

But now it's time to turn the page to next season.

One oddsmaker released its initial odds for the 2020 Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks found themselves tied with three other teams — including the Carolina Hurricanes, who went to the Eastern Conference Final — at 33/1. The Tampa Bay Lightning opened as the favorites at 8/1, with the defending champion Blues tied for fifth at 12/1. 

Check out the full list below:

Tampa Bay Lightning: 8/1
Boston Bruins: 9/1
Vegas Golden Knights: 9/1
Toronto Maple Leafs: 10/1
Colorado Avalanche: 12/1
St. Louis Blues: 12/1
San Jose Sharks: 16/1
Washington Capitals: 16/1
Winnipeg Jets: 16/1
Calgary Flames: 18/1
Pittsburgh Penguins: 18/1
Nashville Predators: 22/1
Florida Panthers: 25/1
Philadelphia Flyers: 25/1
Columbus Blue Jackets: 28/1
Dallas Stars: 28/1
New York Islanders: 28/1
Minnesota Wild: 33/1
Arizona Coyotes: 33/1
Carolina Hurricanes: 33/1
Chicago Blackhawks: 33/1
Edmonton Oilers: 40/1
Vancouver Canucks: 40/1
Buffalo Sabres: 50/1
Montreal Canadiens: 50/1
Anaheim Ducks: 66/1
Detroit Red Wings: 66/1
Los Angeles Kings: 66/1
New Jersey Devils: 66/1
New York Rangers: 66/1
Ottawa Senators: 100/1

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks have a chance at playoffs

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks have a chance at playoffs

A return to play for the NHL is coming into form with the release of a potential format that would greatly benefit the Blackhawks. Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Scott King discuss the new format, what it would look like and why it gives the Hawks their best chance for another potential Stanley Cup run.

(1:10) - Details on the 24-team return-to-play format

(6:00) - The new format is a godsend for the Hawks

(11:40) - Which teams or players have an advantage with the new format?

(19:00) - The target date for Phase 2 of return to play is early June

(26:45) - Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews could thrive in the new format

(33:15) - The Hawks have a real chance at a Cup

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Blackhawks 2019-20 season in review: Connor Murphy

Blackhawks 2019-20 season in review: Connor Murphy

The NHL put its 2019-20 season on pause March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but remains hopeful to award the Stanley Cup at some point. Although it's unclear if or when it could return, NBC Sports Chicago will recap the season of each Blackhawks player to date in our "season in review" series. Next up is Connor Murphy.

When the Blackhawks traded Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for Connor Murphy, you knew it was going to take a while for the city of Chicago to warm up to Murphy. Hjalmarsson was such a beloved player in this town and Murphy had big shoes to fill.

But as the years have gone by, Murphy has proved to be a valuable piece of the Blackhawks' blue line.

Since the start of the 2018-19 season, the Blackhawks are 13-21-7 when Murphy is out of the lineup and 54-43-13 when he's in. That's a significant contrast and it's because he does a lot of the dirty work.

No Blackhawk was on the ice this season for more defensive zone faceoffs at 5-on-5 than Murphy (317), who also ranks third on the team in ice time on the penalty kill (162:49). And yet, he still set a career high with 19 points in 58 games, surpassing his previous total of 17 during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons in Arizona when he appeared in 78 and 77 games, respectively.

Murphy isn't the flashiest player, but you know what you're going to get from him on a nightly basis and that dependability is important. The Blackhawks have shown more and more trust in Murphy, who's ice time average was 16:22 in Year 1, 19:29 in Year 2 and 21:15 in Year 3, which is a new career high average.

Murphy's biggest challenge in Chicago has been trying to stay healthy. He missed the first two months of last season because of a back injury and another 12 this season on two separate occasions due to a groin injury. 

There's no doubting what a difference having Murphy in the lineup makes for the Blackhawks. And it's safe to stay the city of Chicago has officially embraced him as a player.

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