Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/18/13
In a shortened season, anything is possible. With only 48 games standing between every team and the beginning of the NHL playoffs, a single hot or cold streak could be the difference between a chance at the Stanley Cup or a long summer waiting for next year. Even in a sprint to the finish, however, talent matters. That’s why the usual suspects (like the Bruins, Penguins and Blackhawks) are expected to contend for the Cup despite the lesser slate of games. Still, sports are always unpredictable, and while Vegas insiders might do their best to handicap the season, there’s always going to be a Cinderella team ready to invite themselves to the ball. Bovada.lv has its list of Stanley Cup odds ready to go before the puck drops on 2013 — which of these long shots has the best chance of shocking the world? Click here for the Top 10 long shots to win the Stanley Cup >>

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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