The 2013 season is officially over. Realistically the season ended for the Blues quite some time ago, but we weren't able to officially close the book on the year that was until someone hoisted the Cup. Again, the Blues were on the outside looking in. The season had its moments, but the end result was disappointing.
Most Blues fans were looking ahead to 2013-14 long before the Chicago Blackhawks used a miraculous comeback to win their second title in four years. As soon as this year's title was won, oddsmakers started releasing their lines and odds for next year's Cup.
Where do the Blues rank? Pretty high up on the list.
Bovada gives the Blues 12/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup in 2013-14. These are pretty strong odds, especially when you take a step back and look at the big NHL picture. Pittsburgh is first on their list with 13/2 odds. Chicago is second with 15/2. Boston is 9/1 and then the Blues check in with their 12/1 before being followed by Los Angeles (14/1) and Vancouver (14/1).
While I'm not a sports gambler, I'm always interested in the lines and odds. It's fascinating seeing what Vegas predicts during the summer months. Vegas is currently favoring the Blues pretty highly. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
These odds seem like a bit of a stretch given the team's pending free agents and their missing offensive piece(s). Add in some confusion and uncertainty in net and you have a line out of Vegas that might make you scratch your head.
I often wonder how much Vegas oddsmakers listen to the rumblings in the NHL. There's no doubt in my mind they know the statistics inside and out, but there's often much more to predicting a team's performance besides just historical statistics and trends. Some years, you may have teams that show pretty impressive stat lines that you would never pick to win a cup either because the team's overall success level wasn't expected, they're overperforming, they have stayed healthier than opponents, or maybe they've got a friendly regular-season schedule. But there's something to be said for a team coming off of a couple of playoff appearances, a team that's been stung by a talented, lower-seeded opponent both years, a team with an enormous supply of talent (albeit no top centers), a team with a coach that has a true winning pedigree, a team with one of the top GMs in the sport, and a team with a win-now attitude. Perhaps the oddsmakers feel just as hopeful about the Note as I do this upcoming year.
@lizardkingjl I always wonder if they know something we don't. In this case, the Blues are 4th overall and 12/1 where as they were further down the list and 20/1 (I think) before this previous campaign. Is it the Jay Bouwmeester factor? Maybe, but I wonder why our odds are better now given the questions in net and with several free agents.