Early Odds of Each Team Winning the 2016 Stanley Cup

12. New York Islanders 22-1

The addition of Jaroslav Halak last year helped turn the New York Islanders into one of the best teams in the league, and he is continuing his play as one of the top goalies in the league this year. The young offense of the Islanders led by John Tavares is also one of the best in the NHL. They may have a young team, but there are few teams in the league with the talent of the New York Islanders. The playoffs experience last year help the development of this team a lot, but they are still probably a year away from being serious contenders.

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Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

11. St. Louis Blues 14-1

The St. Louis Blues are easily one of the five most talented teams in the National Hockey League this season. Their poor performance in the playoffs the last few years is the main reason they are only 14-1 favorites to win the Stanley Cup this year. It is hard to bet on a team when they get knocked out of the playoffs by inferior teams each year. If you want to put your money behind talent and not past performance, then it is tough to beat the odds given to the Blues right now.

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

10. Nashville Predators 14-1

The Nashville Predators have an inferior team compared to the Blues, but they have the same odds to win the Stanley Cup because they’ve had better experience in the playoffs recently. Having Pekka Rinne in net should be a major strength for the Predators, but he has not played to his normal level this year. The Predators do not have a great chance at a championship if Rinne does not improve with so many talented teams in the league this season.

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