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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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Jeremy Colliton on Blackhawks offseason additions and how he plans to handle Crawford-Lehner workload

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Jeremy Colliton on Blackhawks offseason additions and how he plans to handle Crawford-Lehner workload

It's mid-July and the Blackhawks' roster looks very different from when it ended the 2018-19 season. GM Stan Bowman has added an influx of new faces this summer, whether that's been in the form of trades or free-agent signings.

Now it's up to Jeremy Colliton and his coaching staff to decide how they want to map out the lineup. They might have an idea of how they want to utilize specific players, but the real competition starts in training camp and that's exactly what the organization wants.

"Yeah, we’ve done a lot," Colliton said before Wednesday's on-ice session at development camp. "We’ve really increased the depth in our group, everywhere. In goal, on defense, up front, we have competition throughout the roster for roster spots, for roles. I think we have more versatility to our team, we have defenders who can play either side, we have guys who want to kill penalties and defend and take that role, we have forwards who can play different positions, kill penalties, play against good players. So we feel that’s what we were missing to our team."

"We’ve added a little bit of physicality and an edge, which we need to have that dimension. We have to win games in different ways, and I think if you compare the roster now to the one we ended with or the one we had when I first came in November, I think we can win in different ways and we’re prepared to have an excellent season, hopefully."

One of the main storylines to follow during the 2019-20 season will be how the goaltending workload is divided between Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner. You have a two-time Stanley Cup winner and Vezina Trophy finalist to share the starts with, and Colliton expects it to be a healthy battle among the two veteran netminders.

"There's going to be competition, certainly," Colliton said. "But I think you look at the teams that have had success, there has been a share — some sort of split. It's not 60, 70 games one guy's taking. Those games that maybe traditionally the backup is playing, we need to win those too. So now whoever is in the net, we're going to get an extremely high level of performance. And if we happen to be unlucky with injuries, we have some protection there too."

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reaction to Artem Anisimov trade and development camp standouts

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reaction to Artem Anisimov trade and development camp standouts

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis react to the trade of Artem Anisimov to the Senators for Zack Smith. The guys discuss the role Smith could have with the Hawks and the areas where he has an edge over Anisimov.

They also discuss the first couple days of Development Camp and how this year’s top two draft picks — Kirby Dach and Alex Vlasic — have looked so far. Plus, a breakdown of the other top blue-liners and how Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin and Chad Krys have progressed and why they agree with Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to Denver for his junior year.

0:35 – Initial reaction to Anisimov/Smith trade

2:02 – Smith adds faceoff and penalty kill abilities

3:38 – Candidates for bottom-six center spots

4:57 – Edge a common theme among new Blackhawks

6:08 – Alex Nylander’s presence at Development Camp

8:20 – Kirby Dach has an open door to a roster spot

10:38 – Alex Vlasic holding his own against Dach

11:46 – Adam Boqvist wants to play in the NHL now

13:23 – Were Blackhawks recent moves scripted before NHL Draft?

15:28 – Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college

18:57 – Young defenseman make decisions tough down the road

20:21 – Keeping an eye on Philipp Kurashev at camp

21:20 – Is Stan Bowman done making moves?

22:34 – Salary cap outlook with DeBrincat/Strome extensions coming

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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