EA Sports crowns Blackhawks; betting odds favor Caps

There's something about the EA Sports NHL series the past two years and their ability to get the hopes of up of franchises who've gone decades without winning a championship.

Last April, EA simulated the 2009 NHL playoffs with the Boston Bruins ending up Stanley Cup champions after a 37-year wait. They would defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in six games after dispatching the Washington Capitals in a seven-game Eastern Conference final. This year, EA is predicting that the Blackhawks will get their revenge for not only losing the '09 EA Stanley Cup, but also the 1992 Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins and end their 49-year Cup drought in the process.

That's right, in a seven-game series that will feature three overtimes, including Game 7, the Blackhawks will dethrone the Penguins thanks to a Jonathan Toews(notes) goal according to EA's simulation. Duncan Keith(notes) will be awarded the Conn Smythe after scoring eight goals and 25 points during the playoffs. Three of his goals will come in overtime during two games in the Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators and then Game 1 of the Finals.

San Jose was the pick two years ago, so EA is looking to end a drought of their own.

If you're of the gambling variety, Bodog released their Stanley Cup odds with some serious value on the Detroit Red Wings:

Washington Capitals 7/2

Chicago Blackhawks 9/2

San Jose Sharks 11/2

Pittsburgh Penguins 6/1

Vancouver Canucks 15/2

Detroit Red Wings 8/1

New Jersey Devils 12/1

Buffalo Sabres 20/1

Phoenix Coyotes 22/1

Los Angeles Kings 28/1

Ottawa Senators 33/1

Boston Bruins 33/1

Montreal Canadiens 35/1

Nashville Predators 40/1

Philadelphia Flyers 40/1

Colorado Avalanche 50/1

Bodog also lists their favorites for both the East and West if you enjoy future bets other than the Stanley Cup.

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