The climax of the NHL season is the Stanley Cup. This is awarded to the winner of a seven game series played by the winners of the Eastern and Western Conferences. This year these are respectively the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the first time of doing so since 1938. They were runners up in 1992. The Boston Bruins won it in 2011 and previously in 1972, 1970, 1939 and 1929. They were runners up in 1990, 1988, 1987, 1974, 1958, 1957, 1953, and on four other occasions since it was played under its current seven game format (previously if was five). Based on appearances you might favour the Boston Bruins.
Looking at the betting odds though indicates that there is very little to choose. The odds on the Chicago Blackhawks are marginally shorter than those on the Boston Bruins, but effectively they are both evens once you have taken off the bookmakers’ rake. You might as well bet on the team you would like to win or alternatively flip a coin. Things are likely to change once the series gets underway in a few days time; odds can change quickly so be prepared.
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