Patrick Kane’s 12-week absence from the Blackhawks with a clavicle injury was a major blow.
But general manager Stan Bowman’s wheelin’ and dealin’ before the trade deadline was enough to keep the Blackhawks as the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
According to updated odds at Bovada, the Blackhawks are 15-to-2 to hoist the Cup. The Ducks and Predators are hot on their heels at 9-to-1.
One month ago, before the Kane injury and the trade deadline, the Blackhawks were tied with the Ducks at 6-to-1, according to Bovada.
The Blackhawks lost Kane to the clavicle injury on Feb. 24, and he’s expected to miss the rest of the regular season and part of the playoffs.
The Hawks added Kimmo Timonen, Antoine Vermette and Andrew Desjardins in the last week to help push the team through the playoffs. The Hawks gave up a first-, second-, fourth- and seventh-round pick, Ben Smith and a defensive prospect for the trio of players.