I'm going to start by saying odds are bs and i couldn't care less what the vegas betting scene thinks.
Anyway see this source: http://sports.bodog.ca/sports-bettin...ey-futures.jsp
According to bodog the oilers have 25-1 odds to win the cup and 14-1 odds of winning the western conference
Odds aren't the same as chances to make the playoffs. Odds are placed such that the house/casino can make the most amount of money by attracting the most bets.
Obviously the optimism is high right now surrounding the Oilers and the general sense is the Oil have a much improved chance of doing much better than they have in recent seasons. 25-1 still isn't great but if the "true" odds of let's say 80-1 or 100-1 were put up there... the online sites would face too big a risk if the Oilers turned out to be a legit Cinderella team this year and ended up ridng their wave of youthful exuberance all the way to the big prize.
If you think the odds are out of whack and you are a betting person, that's a money making opportunity.
Personally I think those odds are about right. Mathematically every team has a 30-1 chance disregarding team quality. I think the Oilers are better than average this year so 25-1 seems about right.
I'm not ruling anything out. I just want the team to make the playoffs, and that's what I'm cheering for. I think our young and highly talented core, with a couple seasons under their belt and a head start on most of the competition has the potential to surprise a lot of people.
Best odds I could see for the Oilers on all the sites is 45-1
Best odds I could see for all the teams:
Pittsburgh Penguins 8-1
New York Rangers 11-1
Vancouver Canucks 11-1
Los Angeles Kings 12-1
Philadelphia Flyers 14-1
Chicago Blackhawks 15-1
Boston Bruins 16-1
St Louis Blues 18-1
Detroit Red Wings 20-1
San Jose Sharks 22-1
Washington Capitals 25-1
Buffalo Sabres 28-1
Carolina Hurricanes 28-1
Minnesota Wild 28-1
Tampa Bay Lightning 30-1
Nashville Predators 33-1
New Jersey Devils 33-1
Anaheim Ducks 45-1
Edmonton Oilers 45-1
Ottawa Senators 45-1
Phoenix Coyotes 45-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 45-1
Dallas Stars 55-1
Florida Panthers 55-1
Montreal Canadiens 55-1
Calgary Flames 70-1
Colorado Avalanche 70-1
Winnipeg Jets 74-1
New York Islanders 125-1
Columbus Blue Jackets 225-1
Agreed I was simply pointing out that despite the standings last year the was serious improvement from the year previous.
I agree - too many people just look at the standings, see 29 and say there was next to no improvement.
We went from 62 to 74 points. GF went from 28th to 19th. GA went from 28th to 23rd. 5-5F/A went from 29th to 22nd. PP went from 27th to 3rd. PK from 29th to 14th.
Really, if I gave you all those rankings for the most pertinent stats, there is no way you would guess that team was 29th in a 30 team league. It's actually astonishing that with almost every metric around middle of the pack that we still finished 29th.
Despite a bunch of injuries yet again, I don't think there is any denying that there were tons of improvements last year. This year adding a healthy Hemsky and hopefully Whitney, getting Hall back, adding Yakupov and Schultz, less Khabi more Doobie, new coach....I'm drinking the Kool-aid right now. Boys will hit the ground running and be solidly in the playoffs.
I mean at the very least, for the first time in 3 seasons we will be playing meaningful hockey in January!