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2016 NHL Free Agency Betting Odds

*Update - Stamkos has re-signed with the Lightning (+120) and P.K. Subban has been traded to Nashville (+650).

As July first approaches, so does NHL Free Agency and the rumor mill is working overtime. If you think you’ve got the inside scoop on where players will end up, maybe you should take advantage of some props released by online sportsbooks or take a stab at a future that will drastically change with a team’s addition of a superstar.

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Penguins are Favorites to Win Cup in 2017

In the NHL, it’s just a matter of getting into the playoffs. Number one team overall or squeaking into the postseason thanks to a wild card, it makes no difference; any team has a shot at winning the Cup.

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2016 NHL Draft: Betting Props

The NHL draft, an exciting time for NHL general managers, NHL prospects and hockey nerds – for casual hockey fans, however, not so much. To liven things up, why not bet on some NHL draft props released by online sportsbooks. OddsShark has outlined some interesting props and some possible value bets for the night that can make or break a pro hockey team.

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NHL Awards in Vegas: Betting Odds

The NHL’s version of the Oscars will take place Wednesday in the city that, conveniently enough, will be the host of the newest NHL franchise. Betting odds have been released for the NHL awards and a few players jump off the page as potential value picks.

Braden Holtby is by far the biggest favorite at -3000 to take home the Vezina Trophy for being the league's best goaltender. He isn’t as much of a lock as Carey Price was last year at -10000, but he’s pretty close. At +1500, Jonathan Quick is a laughable candidate for the Vezina, don’t waste your money.

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World Cup of Hockey Betting Futures

Rosters have been finalized for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and Canada has been pegged as the early favorite. However you may feel about the NHL-sanctioned tournament, there are definitely some interesting storylines, including the North American team, who opened with better odds to win than the Jagr-less Czechs.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Home to Sharks in NHL Betting Odds Action

The NHL hockey betting odds menu sees a clash between Pittsburgh and San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, with the host Penguins trying to win for themselves and reward betting fans who back them on the moneyline.

Pittsburgh will face the 60-36-10 Sharks. In totals betting, the Penguins are 46-42-18 in over under betting so far this season while the San Jose Sharks are 52-43-11.

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Winning In San Jose Not Easy For Pens

The Pittsburgh Penguins can close out the Stanley Cup Finals with a victory over the San Jose Sharks Sunday, but picking up wins in the SAP Center has not been particularly easy for the Pens. The Penguins are just 2-11 in their past 13 games in San Jose, which includes going 1-1 in this series so far.

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  • The road team is 6-15 in the past 21 meetings between the Penguins and Sharks.
  • Sidney Crosby has no goals and just two assists in his past six games.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 through the first five games of this series.

If Pittsburgh wants to stave off Game 7, then they will need to figure out a way to solve Martin Jones. The Penguins have outshot the Sharks 179-119 through the first five games of the series, but have just one more goal than their opponents. That is thanks to the stellar play of Jones, who has a .933 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against average in the series despite facing an average of 35 shots per game.

Though he has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the playoffs, Logan Couture seems to be the key to the Sharks’ victories. Couture has scored in eight games this postseason, with the Sharks going a near perfect 7-1 in those outings – which includes a win in Game 5 of this series.

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How To Handicap A Hot NHL Goalie

If you bet hockey you know how important goaltending is to winning bets. Probably the single most important factor. 

So how do you bet a series when you have the hotter goalie on the team that’s overmatched?

That’s been the case in the Sharks-Penguins series where the Pens continue to dominate play while

San Jose goalie Martin Jones stands on his head. Now the series is 3-2 Pittsburgh heading back to San Jose. 

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Pens Looking to Win Cup Tonight at Home

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Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final takes place tonight in Pittsburgh, and the Penguins will be looking to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history. The home team has won three of the four games in the series so far, which follows suit with the history of this matchup, as the home team is 15-5 in the last 20 games between the Pens and Sharks.

After being the NHL’s top road team during the regular season, the Sharks are struggling outside of San Jose at the wrong time, going just 2-6 in their last eight road games. The Penguins haven’t been easy to beat in the Steel City lately, as they’ve gone 12-3 over their last 15 home games.

Pittsburgh opened the day as -167 favorites with San Jose coming back at +151. There’s a few odds-related trends working in the Sharks’ favor tonight, as they’ve gone 12-4 in their last 16 games as underdogs and are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven games after losing as a favorite.

If you have a feeling the Sharks can come back to win this series, you’re best off ignoring it. As mentioned in our recent futures update, teams who are up 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final have won the series 30 straight times.

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