Canucks enter season as Stanley Cup odds favorite

The sportsbooks have spoken, and it’s the Vancouver Canucks that they have atop their Stanley Cup odds board heading into the start of the NHL’s regular-season schedule.

The Canucks open the 2011/12 NHL season as the 7/1 favorite at the Bodog Sportsbook to take that one last step and win the Stanley Cup this time around – they were knocked off in the finals by the Boston Bruins last season.

The Washington Capitals are next at the Bodog Sportsbook at 15/2 on the Stanley Cup odds board for this season, with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 9/1, and the Bruins tied with the San Jose Sharks at 10/1 on that NHL betting board.

Prefer the champions from two seasons ago? The Chicago Blackhawks are at 12/1 on the Stanley Cup odds board at the Bodog Sportsbook, where they’re tied with the always-competitive Detroit Red Wings and just a step back of the revamped 11/1 Philadelphia Flyers.

Relative upstarts make up the next section on that NHL betting odds list, with the Los Angeles Kings at 14/1, the Buffalo Sabres at 16/1, and the Tampa Bay Lightning at 18/1.

Sticking with a Canadian club for your Stanley Cup odds wager? The Bodog Sportsbook has the Montreal Canadiens at 25/1 odds to win the title next spring, with the Calgary Flames at 40/1, the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs at 50/1, the reincarnated Winnipeg Jets at 60/1, and the Ottawa Senators at a longshot 100/1.

Odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup at the Bodog Sportsbook

Vancouver Canucks 7/1
Washington Capitals 15/2
Pittsburgh Penguins 9/1
Boston Bruins 10/1
San Jose Sharks 10/1
Philadelphia Flyers 11/1
Chicago Blackhawks 12/1
Detroit Red Wings 12/1
Los Angeles Kings 14/1
Buffalo Sabres 16/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 18/1
Anaheim Ducks 25/1
Montreal Canadiens 25/1
New York Rangers 25/1
Nashville Predators 30/1
New Jersey Devils 30/1
St. Louis Blues 35/1
Calgary Flames 40/1
Dallas Stars 40/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1
Carolina Hurricanes 45/1
Edmonton Oilers 50/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 50/1
Winnipeg Jets 60/1
Colorado Avalanche 65/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 75/1
Florida Panthers 75/1
Minnesota Wild 75/1
New York Islanders 80/1
Ottawa Senators 100/1