|It's less than a month until the NHL season opener and preparations are underway for another battle in the race to hoist Lord Stanley's mug in 2007.|
As cup crazy fans prepare to place their bets, Sportsbook.com is offering odds on who will bring it home this upcoming season.
Despite a poor showing in last season's playoffs and the loss of Steve Yzerman to retirement, the Detroit Red Wings are early favourites with odds of 6-1. The Wings will look to offensive powerhouse Pavel Datsyuk and newly appointed captain Nicklas Lidstrom to lead one of the league's most prominent franchises.
Always a threat are the Ottawa Senators, with newly acquired goaltender Martin Gerber from the Stanley Cup champion ,Carolina Hurricanes. The Sens are second best in the rankings at a 7-1 bet, and odds makers are optimistic that the Ottawa squad will fare better than last season's Eastern Conference semi-final upset to the Buffalo Sabres.
Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director at Sportsbook.com, said, 'With the new salary cap in place this off-season, there has been a flurry of big name free agents being signed and it's always exciting to see what kind of impact they will have on the teams' performance.'
Also worth noting are the defending Stanley Cup champs Carolina Hurricanes, a 10-1 bet to repeat. Behind the Canes are the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, and Anaheim Mighty Ducks all sit at 12-1. In the basement are the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, and St. Louis Blues who are all 100-1 longshots.