The Chicago Blackhawks are still among the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup in 2018, but their odds aren’t quite as strong as in years past.
The Blackhawks were given 12-1 odds to win the Cup next season by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Pittsburgh Penguins are favored to make it a three-peat and were listed with 8-1 odds to win it all again.
Chicago was given the third-highest odds to hoist the cup in 2018, but there were four teams listed ahead of them. Behind Pittsburgh were the Capitals, Lightning and Oilers with 10-1 odds.
The Western Conference champion Nashville Predators were right behind the Hawks with 14-1 odds to win it all, along with the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Wild, Ducks and Stars.
Bovada agrees with the Westgate, but seems to give the Blackhawks a better shot. Bovada listed the Hawks with identical 12-1 odds, but that was tied for the second-best odds with Edmonton, Tampa Bay and Washington. Pittsburgh was also Bovada’s favorite at 9-1 odds.
Those odds could take a hit in the coming weeks, however. The Blackhawks are expected to make at least one move to shake up the roster and get compliant with the salary cap. The problem is any potential move will likely hurt the Blackhawks in the short-term.