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Updated Stanley Cup odds: Hawks fall slightly

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Updated Stanley Cup odds: Hawks fall slightly

First, the bad news: the Blackhawks odds to win the Stanley Cup went down just a bit according to online gambling site Bovada, who dropped them from 121 to 141 after the July 1 free agency period changed the address of several key players.

Now, the good news: The Hawks are the still the sixth likeliest to claim the Cup and third in the Western Conference.

Boosted by a healthy Sidney Crosby, the Penguins are the favorites at 81 followed by the New York Rangers, who jumped from 121 to 91 after trading for Rick Nash. The Vancouver Canucks (111), Los Angeles Kings (121) and Philadelphia Flyers (131) sit ahead of the Hawks.

The rival Red Wings are right behind the Blackhawks at 151 and rival St. Louis is at 161.

After signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Minnesota Wild saw the greatest increase in their Stanley Cup chances, jumping from 751 when Bovada released the original odds on June 12 to 181.

For a complete list of Bovada's 2013 Stanley Cup odds, click here.

As always, tell us what you think. Do you agree with the odds? Who would you pick to win the 2013 Stanley Cup right now?

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.

NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

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NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

The NBA season is off to an explosive start, with offense being the theme so far.

NBA fans have gotten to see great offense from all around the league. Rookie guard Trae Young went off for 35 points, the Pelicans scored 149 points in a (no overtime) game and even well-known downtrodden franchises like the Sacramento Kings have got in on the fun, putting up 131 points in a surprising win over the Thunder. 

If the pace of play keeps up league-wide, the 2018-19 season will end up being an offensive masterpiece, sure to spark change to defensive systems in the ever-evolving NBA.

With the Golden State Warriors still shaking off rust and the Rockets looking weaker, (relatively) new powerhouses like the Raptors and Nuggets have dominated this very early portion of the NBA season.

You can take a look here to see how the new hierarchy is shaping up in this week's NBA Power Rankings.