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Stanley Cup odds (and ends) as Kings, Rangers get ready

By John Vogl

Los Angeles was nearly eliminated in each of its playoff series this spring, going seven games all three times, but the oddsmakers say the Kings will go the entire way without tasting defeat.

The gambling site Bovada says Los Angeles is mostly likely to win the Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers in six games (based on the combined odds of winning team and number of games played). The second most-likely outcome is a seven-game victory for the Kings, who have home-ice advantage in the series that starts Wednesday.

Here are a host of odds provided Bovada, with our usual disclaimer: Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on concerts, women and whiskey.

Exact Result

New York Rangers win 4-0         14/1
New York Rangers win 4-1         8/1       
New York Rangers win 4-2         5/1       
New York Rangers win 4-3         11/2     
Los Angeles Kings win 4-0         8/1
Los Angeles Kings win 4-1         4/1       
Los Angeles Kings win 4-2         4/1       
Los Angeles Kings win 4-3         4/1       

Number of Games

Four                      11/2
Five                      11/5     
Six                      9/5       
Seven                      2/1

How Many Games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals will go to overtime?

Over 1.5            +130     (13/10)
Under 1.5          -160     (5/8)

Will any game go to double overtime?

Yes                  +250     (5/2)
No                    -325     (4/13)

Will Either Team Record a Shutout?

Yes                  -300     (1/3)
No                    +240     (12/5)

Will either the New York Post or New York Daily News use the following headline during the Stanley Cup Finals "The Kings of New York"?

Yes                  3/1
No                    1/5

Odds to win 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)              5/2       
Anze Kopitar (LAK)                    4/1       
Drew Doughty (LAK)                  4/1       
Jonathan Quick (LAK)                11/2     
Martin St Louis (NYR)                7/1       
Marian Gaborik (LAK)                7/1       
Jeff Carter (LAK)                       8/1       
Derek Stepan (NYR)                  30/1     
Justin Williams (LAK)                 30/1     
Brad Richards (NYR)                 30/1     
Ryan McDonagh (NYR)              30/1     
Rick Nash (NYR)                       50/1     
Mike Richards (LAK)                  50/1     
Dustin Brown (LAK)                   50/1     
Tyler Toffoli (LAK)                     50/1 

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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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