Early Odds of Each Team Winning the 2016 Stanley Cup

9. Anaheim Ducks 13-1

Other than the teams that have no shot of making the playoffs, there may not be a worst bet on this list than the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks sit in 11th place in the Western Conference through 25 games, so it is preposterous to give them the ninth best odds in the league to win the Stanley Cup. While they certainly have the talented to get back in the playoff race, there is no reason to place a bet on this team the way they have played through nearly a third of the regular season.

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

8. Washington Capitals 12-1

The Washington Capitals have always had one of the better offenses in the NHL thanks to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, but they have finally started playing solid defense too. It also does not hurt that Braden Holtby is one of the best goalies in the NHL right now. The road to the finals is going to be harder in the Eastern Conference, but the Washington Capitals have to be considered one of the five best teams in the league.

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

7. Tampa Bay Lightning 12-1

Just like the Anaheim Ducks, the Tampa Bay Lightning have shockingly low odds to win a championship right now. There is no discount in Vegas on the Lightning for their slow start after making the Stanley Cup Finals last season. The Lightning have some work to do in their final 57 games, but they proved last year they can make a deep run in the playoffs.

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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