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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 | 12:24 PM

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Patrice Bergeron's Boston Bruins are the oddsmakers' favourites to win the Cup,  and he's our pick for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Patrice Bergeron's Boston Bruins are the oddsmakers' favourites to win the Cup, and he's our pick for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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This week's Monday musings take a look at the Stanley Cup favourites, post-Olympic team records and who should be considered for the NHL's major awards.

Some Monday musings from the NHL and the rest of the hockey world to prepare you for the upcoming week that will see:

  • The prestigious six-team Allan Cup tournament gets underway in Dundas, Ont., on Monday. This year's teams include: Dundas Real McCoys, Brantford Blast, Kenora Thistles, Clarenville (Nfld.) Caribous, Bentley (Alta.) Generals and South East Prairie (Man.) Thunder.
  • The NHL draft lottery will take place on Tuesday.
  • The two-month Stanley Cup odyssey begins with first-round action on Wednesday.
  • The 2014 world under-18 championship begins in Finland on Thursday. Canada will meet Sweden in its opener.

Olympic year

When the Carolina Hurricanes started up again after the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, they finished strong with a 13-8-4 post-Olympic record and went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks, however, staggered to the finish line with an 8-12-5 mark after the Vancouver Games four years ago before they won the Cup.

With injuries and players being rested down the stretch, a strong or poor finish does not determine a good or bad playoff run. Still, here's a glance at the post-Olympic records for the 16 playoff teams this time around:

  • Boston 17-3-4--38 points
  • Colorado 15-6-3--33 points
  • Los Angeles 15-6-2--32 points
  • San Jose 14-6-3--31 points
  • Columbus 14-7-2--30 points
  • Montreal 14-7-2--30 points
  • Tampa Bay 13-7-4--30 points
  • Anaheim 13-6-3--29 points
  • N.Y. Rangers 13-7-3--29 points
  • Detroit 13-8-3--29 points
  • Minnesota 12-6-5--29 points
  • Philadelphia 12-7-4--28 points
  • Dallas 13-10-1--27 points
  • St. Louis 13-11-1--27 points
  • Pittsburgh 11-9-4--26 points
  • Chicago 11-10-1--23 points

Bruins favoured

Here are the latest odds to win the Stanley Cup from

  • Boston 7-2
  • St. Louis 6-1
  • Pittsburgh 7-1
  • Chicago 8-1
  • Anaheim 9-1 
  • San Jose 9-1 
  • Los Angeles 10-1 
  • Colorado 14-1
  • Philadelphia 18-1
  • Detroit 20-1
  • Montreal 20-1
  • N.Y. Rangers 20-1
  • Tampa Bay 28-1
  • Minnesota 40-1 
  • Columbus 50-1 
  • Dallas 50-1

In and out

There are five teams in the post-season that weren't involved last year:

In                          Out

Colorado                N.Y. Islanders

Columbus              Ottawa

Dallas                   Toronto

Philadelphia           Vancouver

Tampa Bay            Washington

Woe Canada

If you peered at the overall NHL standings this morning, after Montreal's ninth-place showing you have to go all the way down to the bottom third to find how the other six Canadian teams finished.

Here are the post-Olympic records and overall placing for the bottom six Canadian teams:

  • Ottawa 11-9-3--25 points (21st overall)
  • Winnipeg 9-8-4--22 points (22nd overall)
  • Toronto 6-10-2--14 points (23rd overall)
  • Vancouver 9-11-2--20 points (25th overall)
  • Calgary 13-11-0--26 points (27th overall)
  • Edmonton 9-11-2--20 points (28th overall)

And the winner is ...

After conferring with a handful of NHL pro scouts over the weekend, here are my selections for the major NHL awards.

Hart Trophy (To the player adjudged most valuable to his team, selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association members.)

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim

3. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado

Norris Trophy (To the defenceman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position, selected by PHWA members.)

1. Duncan Keith, Chicago

2. Ryan Suter, Minnesota

3. Shea Weber, Nashville

Vezina Trophy (To the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position, selected by the NHL general managers.)

1. Tuukka Rask, Boston

2. Varlamov

3. Carey Price, Montreal

Jack Adams Award (To the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success, selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association members.)

1. Mike Babcock, Detroit

2. Patrick Roy, Colorado

3. Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay

Calder Trophy (To the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition, selected by PHWA members.)

1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado

2. Torey Krug, Boston

3. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg

Selke Trophy (To the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game, selected by PHWA members)

1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston

2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago

3. David Backes, St. Louis

Lady Byng Trophy (To the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability, selected by PHWA members.)

1. Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado

2. Martin St. Louis, N.Y. Rangers

3. Tyler Seguin, Dallas

General Manager of the Year (To recognize the work of the league's general managers, selected by a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media.)

1. Ken Holland, Detroit

2. Marc Bergevin, Montreal

3. Jim Nill, Dallas

By the Numbers

27 -- Points in nine playoff games (nine goals, 18 assists) for Tampa Bay prospect Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads.

74 -- Players who played in all 82 games this season.

83 -- Games played by David Legwand, who was traded to Detroit from Nashville.

.600 -- Win percentage (660-413-157) for home teams in the NHL regular season.

.607 -- Win percentage (246-150-52) for Western Conference teams versus the East in the regular season.

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