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Chicago Blackhawks among favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2017

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Them and the recent champion Penguins have the best odds.

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been a pattern forming when it comes to championships in the NHL as of late: every other year, the Chicago Blackhawks win.

Well, almost. They won in 2015, they won in 2013, they won in... 2010.

The point is, if you go by basic patterns - not to mention the fact that, even as the salary cap has tried to dismantle the Blackhawks, much of their core remains intact - the Hawks are kind of due.

To that end, Bovada has given them 9/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup this season: the top odds in the NHL, tied with last year’s champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks are also favored to win the Western Conference with 9/2 odds, and Bovada likes them to win the ever-tough Central Division, with 3/1 odds.

No matter what changes occur through over the years, one thing doesn’t seem to change at all: you can’t count the Blackhawks out.