So, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the favorites to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. They were the 2013 preseason favorites, too, but as you can see they were iced from the postseason by the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins.
The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2013 Cup – they were a 14-1 shot.
Here are every team’s odds to win the Cup this year, along with each team’s postseason or final-standings result from last year.Follow @VinGetz
|TEAM||2014 ODDS||2012-13 RESULTS|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||13-2||Lost Eastern Conference Finals to Boston Bruins|
|Chicago Blackhawks||8-1||WON STANLEY CUP|
|St Louis Blues||17-2||Lost Western Conference Quarter-Finals to Los Angeles Kings|
|San Jose Sharks||17-2||Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals to Los Angeles Kings|
|Boston Bruins||10-1||LOST STANLEY CUP|
|Los Angeles Kings||14-1||Lost Western Conference Finals to Chicago Blackhawks|
|Anaheim Ducks||14-1||Lost Western Conference Quarter-Finals to Detroit Red Wings|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||14-1||Lost Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals to Boston Bruins|
|Colorado Avalanche||16-1||15th in Western Conference|
|Detroit Red Wings||16-1||Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals to Chicago Blackhawks|
|Vancouver Canucks||20-1||Lost Western Conference Quarter-Finals to San Jose Sharks|
|New York Rangers||22-1||Lost Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to Boston Bruins|
|Phoenix Coyotes||25-1||10th in Western Conference|
|Minnesota Wild||25-1||Lost Western Conference Quarter-Finals to Chicago Blackhawks|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||25-1||14th in Eastern Conference|
|Washington Capitals||25-1||Lost Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals to New York Rangers|
|Ottawa Senators||28-1||Lost Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Montreal Canadiens||28-1||Lost Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals to Ottawa Senators|
|New York Islanders||33-1||Lost Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals to Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Carolina Hurricanes||40-1||13th in Eastern Conference|
|Dallas Stars||66-1||11th in Western Conference|
|Nashville Predators||66-1||14th in Western Conference|
|New Jersey Devils||66-1||11th in Eastern Conference|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||66-1||9th in Western Conference|
|Philadelphia Flyers||66-1||10th in Eastern Conference|
|Winnipeg Jets||75-1||9th in Eastern Conference|
|Edmonton Oilers||150-1||12th in Western Conference|
|Calgary Flames||150-1||13th in Western Conference|
|Florida Panthers||300-1||15th in Eastern Conference|
|Buffalo Sabres||300-1||12th in Eastern Conference|
Thanks to Bovada (sports.bovada.lv) for the odds.
As covered yesterday with the NBA, here are the NHL’s active career leaders in those most referenced hockey stats: goals, assists, points and +/- on the offensive side and saves and wins on the goalie side.
|1.||Jaromir Jagr||685||RW||41||New Jersey Devils|
|2.||Teemu Selanne||678||RW||43||Anaheim Ducks|
|3.||Jarome Iginla||533||RW||36||Boston Bruins|
|4.||Marian Hossa||440||RW||34||Chicago Blackhawks|
|5.||Daniel Alfredsson||429||RW||40||Detroit Red Wings|
|6.||Patrick Marleau||412||C||34||San Jose Sharks|
|7.||Vincent Lecavalier||388||C||33||Philadelphia Flyers|
|8.||Alex Ovechkin||384||LW||28||Washington Capitals|
|9.||Ryan Smyth||379||LW||37||Edmonton Oilers|
|10.||Patrik Elias||378||LW||37||New Jersey Devils|
|1.||Jaromir Jagr||1,014||RW||41||New Jersey Devils|
|2.||Joe Thornton||801||C||34||San Jose Sharks|
|3.||Teemu Selanne||759||RW||43||Anaheim Ducks|
|4.||Daniel Alfredsson||692||RW||40||Detroit Red Wings|
|5.||Ray Whitney||663||LW||41||Dallas Stars|
|6.||Henrik Sedin||627||C||33||Vancouver Canucks|
|7.||Jarome Iginla||582||RW||36||Boston Bruins|
|8.||Martin St. Louis||581||RW||28||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|9.||Brad Richards||568||C||33||New York Rangers|
|10.||Saku Koivu||560||C||38||Anaheim Ducks|
|10.||Sergei Gonchar||560||D||39||Dallas Stars|
|1.||Jaromir Jagr||1,699||RW||41||New Jersey Devils|
|2.||Teemu Selanne||1,437||RW||43||Anaheim Ducks|
|3.||Joe Thornton||1,134||C||34||San Jose Sharks|
|4.||Daniel Alfredsson||1,121||RW||40||Detroit Red Wings|
|5.||Jarome Iginla||1,115||RW||36||Boston Bruins|
|6.||Ray Whitney||1,040||LW||41||Dallas Stars|
|7.||Marian Hossa||947||RW||34||Chicago Blackhawks|
|8.||Patrik Elias||937||LW||37||New Jersey Devils|
|9.||Martin St. Louis||928||RW||28||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|10.||Vincent Lecavalier||881||C||33||Philadelphia Flyers|
|1.||Jaromir Jagr||281||RW||41||New Jersey Devils|
|2.||Pavel Datsyuk||239||C||35||Detroit Red Wings|
|3.||Henrik Sedin||209||C||33||Vancouver Canucks|
|4.||Patrik Elias||193||LW||37||New Jersey Devils|
|5.||Marian Hossa||192||RW||34||Chicago Blackhawks|
|6.||Daniel Sedin||178||LW||33||Vancouver Canucks|
|7.||Joe Thornton||164||C||34||San Jose Sharks|
|8.||Zdeno Chara||162||D||36||Boston Bruins|
|9.||Alex Tanguay||157||LW||33||Colorado Avalanche|
|9.||Henrik Zetterberg||157||LW||33||Detroit Red Wings|
|1.||Martin Brodeur||28,074||41||New Jersey Devils|
|2.||Roberto Luongo||20,799||34||Vancouver Canucks|
|3.||Nikolai Khabibulin||20,252||40||Chicago Blackhawks|
|4.||Evgeni Nabokov||15,909||38||New York Islanders|
|5.||Jean-Sebastien Giguere||14,507||36||Colorado Avalanche|
|6.||Ryan Miller||13,991||33||Buffalo Sabres|
|7.||Henrik Lundqvist||13,419||31||New York Rangers|
|8.||Martin Biron||12,646||36||New York Rangers|
|9.||Marc-Andre Fleury||12,168||28||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|10.||Cam Ward||11,643||29||Carolina Hurricanes|
|1.||Martin Brodeur||672||41||New Jersey Devils|
|2.||Roberto Luongo||357||34||Vancouver Canucks|
|3.||Evgeni Nabokov||340||38||New York Islanders|
|4.||Nikolai Khabibulin||333||40||Chicago Blackhawks|
|5.||Henrik Lundqvist||281||31||New York Rangers|
|6.||Ryan Miller||271||33||Buffalo Sabres|
|7.||Marc-Andre Fleury||259||28||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|8.||Jean-Sebastien Giguere||256||36||Colorado Avalanche|
|9.||Martin Biron||230||36||New York Rangers|
|10.||Cam Ward||216||29||Carolina Hurricanes|
Hey, hockey’s back.
Let’s catch up on some organizational league history – how NHL teams have been divided into divisions and conferences over the years.
First, there was the Founding Era (1917-18 through 1923-24), with three or four Canadian teams in one undivided league. Some franchises folded along the way. Others, like the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (first as the Arenas and then as the St. Patricks) and Ottawa Senators I survived into the next era and beyond.
The first American team, the Boston Bruins, joined in 1924-25, ushering in what I’ll call the American or Transitionary Era that lasted until 1941-42. During this period there were anywhere from six to 10 teams in the league. The New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks (as they were called then) and Detroit Red Wings joined the NHL during this era.
Between 1926-27 and 1937-38 the league was divided into the American and Canadian Divisions, with the teams split up as described, but the American era ended with seven teams in one league, only two of them Canadian – Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Rangers, Black Hawks, Red Wings and the New York/Brooklyn Americans, who would fold at the end of 1941-42.
1942-43 began the Original Six Era. The six teams weren’t really “original” (only the Canadiens and Maple Leafs were from the founding era), but these six were the only teams in the one-division NHL for over 20 years – through the 1966-67 season.
Then, came expansion and the Expansion Era. The NHL doubled in size in 1967-68, growing to 12 teams from six the season before, including the Original Six in an East Division and the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, St, Louis Blues, Minnesota North Stars (Dallas Stars), Pittsburgh Penguins and now-defunct Oakland Seals in a West Division.
Another two teams – the Washington Capitals and Kansas City Scouts (New Jersey Devils) were added in 1974-75, the first season the NHL was divided into two conferences (with two divisions apiece) – the Clarence Campbell (or, simply, “Campbell”) and the Prince of Wales (or “Wales”) Conferences.
The Expansion Era, and its eventual 21 teams, lasted through the 1990-91 season. A handful of other teams joined during this era, too, and failed to make it.
Another round of expansion began in the early 1990′s, what I will call the Second Expansion or Modern Era – the current era, from 1991-92 to today.
The San Jose Sharks (1991-92), Tampa Bay Lightning (1992-93), Ottawa Senators II (1992-93), Florida Panthers (1993-94), Anaheim Ducks (1993-94, as the MIghty Ducks of Anaheim), Nashville Predators (1998-99), Atlanta Thrashers (1999-00, Winnipeg Jets II), Minnesota Wild (2000-01) and Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-01) have all been added since 1991-92.
In 1993-94, the conference names were changed to Eastern and Western. In 1998-99, the two-division per conference format gave way to three.
And there you have it.
A long way to go, but some cool information – and also necessary information for today’s post, teams with the most regular-season conference titles.
These are not the conference champs, as determined in the postseason – the two teams in the Stanley Cup. Below are the teams who finished the regular season with the best record in their conference (and thus home-ice advantage in each’s conference playoffs).
Since the expansion of 1967-68, the NHL has seen its fair share of parity. Take a look at all the conference title winners – pretty evenly distributed across most of the league.
But it’s the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers who have had the best record in their respective conferences the most – nine apiece. They’re followed closely by (of course) the Montreal Canadiens with eight.Follow @VinGetz
|TEAM||REGULAR SEASON CONFERENCE TITLES||CONFERENCE||SEASONS|
|1.||Detroit Red Wings||9||Clarence Campbell||1991-92|
|1.||Philadelphia Flyers||9||Clarence Campbell||1974-75|
|Prince of Wales||1984-85|
|Prince of Wales||1985-86|
|Prince of Wales||1986-87|
|3.||Montreal Canadiens||8||Prince of Wales||1975-76|
|Prince of Wales||1976-77|
|Prince of Wales||1977-78|
|Prince of Wales||1978-79|
|Prince of Wales||1980-81|
|Prince of Wales||1987-88|
|Prince of Wales||1988-89|
|4.||Boston Bruins||6||Prince of Wales||1982-83|
|Prince of Wales||1983-84|
|Prince of Wales||1989-90|
|Prince of Wales||1990-91|
|4.||Edmonton Oilers||6||Clarence Campbell||1981-82|
|6.||New Jersey Devils||4||Eastern||1996-97|
|6.||New York Islanders||4||Clarence Campbell||1977-78|
|Prince of Wales||1981-82|
|8.||Buffalo Sabres||3||Prince of Wales||1974-75|
|Prince of Wales||1979-80|
|8.||Calgary Flames||3||Clarence Campbell||1987-88|
|8.||Chicago Blackhawks||3||Clarence Campbell||1990-91|
|8.||New York Rangers||3||Prince of Wales||1991-92|
|14.||Pittsburgh Penguins||2||Prince of Wales||1992-93|
|14.||San Jose Sharks||2||Western||2008-09|
|19.||St. Louis Blues||1||Western||1999-00|
|19.||Tampa Bay Lightning||1||Eastern||2003-04|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||0|
|Los Angeles Kings||0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||0|