Rangers are 13/4 Stanley Cup favorites
The latest Stanley Cup odds, per Bovada:
New York Rangers -- 13/4
Chicago Blackhawks -- 4/1
Anaheim Ducks -- 9/2
Minnesota Wild -- 11/2
Montreal Canadiens -- 13/2
Tampa Bay Lightning -- 15/2
Washington Capitals -- 9/1
Calgary Flames -- 12/1
Gotta be honest, nothing looks too tempting there. I picked the Lightning to win it all, and I guess 15/2 isn’t a terrible payout. But did anyone think Tampa Bay looked great against Detroit? I didn’t.
If I absolutely had to make a bet -- taking into consideration both the team and potential winnings -- I’d go with Washington at 9/1. Heading into the playoffs I wasn’t sure how Evgeny Kuznetsov would fare as a second-line center. Well, we all know what he did against the Isles. To be sure, the Rangers will be a really tough out, but I think they’ll miss the speed and play-making ability of Mats Zuccarello.