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Oddsmakers give Sabres 11th-best chance at Cup

The Sabres feel they are Stanley Cup contenders. The oddsmakers don't even have them in the top one-third of the league.

My usual contacts over at have sent me the preseason odds for the NHL, and the Sabres are 18-to-1 to win the Cup. That's the 11th-best odds in the 30-team league.

Here are all the odds, with the usual disclaimer: Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on concerts, women and whiskey. (And with the Foo Fighters in town this weekend, you can blow your cash on all three Sunday.)

Odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup

Vancouver Canucks                   7/1

Washington Capitals                  7/1

Boston Bruins                            10/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                   10/1

Philadelphia Flyers                     11/1

San Jose Sharks                       11/1

Chicago Blackhawks                  12/1

Detroit Red Wings                      12/1

Los Angeles Kings                     14/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                  16/1

Buffalo Sabres                           18/1

Anaheim Ducks                         25/1

Montreal Canadiens                   25/1

Nashville Predators                    28/1

New Jersey Devils                      30/1

New York Rangers                     30/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       35/1

St. Louis Blues                          35/1

Calgary Flames                         40/1

Dallas Stars                              40/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    45/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                   50/1

Winnipeg Jets                            60/1

Colorado Avalanche                    65/1

Edmonton Oilers                        65/1

Ottawa Senators                        70/1

Columbus Blue Jackets              75/1

Florida Panthers                        75/1

Minnesota Wild                          75/1

New York Islanders                    80/1

Odds to win the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals                  4/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                   9/2

Philadelphia Flyers                     5/1

Boston Bruins                            11/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                  8/1

Buffalo Sabres                           10/1

Montreal Canadiens                   14/1

New Jersey Devils                      15/1

New York Rangers                     16/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    24/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                   28/1

Winnipeg Jets                            35/1

Florida Panthers                        40/1

Ottawa Senators                        40/1

New York Islanders                    45/1

Odds to win the 2012 NHL Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks                   3/1

Detroit Red Wings                      11/2

San Jose Sharks                       11/2

Los Angeles Kings                     6/1

Chicago Blackhawks                  13/2

Anaheim Ducks                         12/1

Nashville Predators                    14/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       18/1

Calgary Flames                         20/1

Dallas Stars                              20/1

St. Louis Blues                          20/1

Colorado Avalanche                    35/1

Columbus Blue Jackets              35/1

Edmonton Oilers                        35/1

Minnesota Wild                          35/1

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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