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On January 1, the St. Louis Blues found themselves dead last in the NHL. General Manager Doug Armstrong was prepared to blow up the team and have a firesale. He definitely is not regretting not taking this route as his staff, supporting head coach Craig Berube and rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, went from past to Stanley Cup Champions. The Blues completed their historical turnaround with a seven-game series triumph over the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final last week and when their improbable championship run and the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs proved anything, it’s that shooting the underdog in the playoffs isn’t a bad idea. Only look at how this fan was rewarded with taking a chance on the Blues when everyone else had composed them off.If you have the extra money to throw on a long time like this, it can’t hurt. The Blues Cup win was not the future on an underdog which has been rewarded. By the second round, the President’s Trophy winner and four division winners from the regular season had been removed. As pointed out here last month, even if you’re on this trend before it evolved or since it grew stronger, you were set up well for the remaining playoffs.
The regular season was not as crazy as the playoffs. In the listing below of teams and their preseason odds to win the 2019 Stanley Cup, the whole record produced the playoffs.

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