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.
Although the lead-up to the NHL season doesn’t reach quite the fever pitch that’s achieved during NFL preseason, puck drop is nearly here, and I could not be more excited.
Bovada has spoiled hockey bettors this year by releasing an extensive list of player point props. Below I’ve broken down some of my favorite OVER/UNDERs on the board but make sure to check out the NHL tab on the home page to find breakdowns of all the season futures, team previews and other interesting material.
Nesta quarta-feira, inicia a nova temporada da NHL e o título garante no mínimo 850% para o investidor. De acordo com estatísticas do Oddsshark.com/br, os mais cotados para fazerem a festa no fim da temporada são Tampa Bay Lightning e Washington Capitals, rendendo R$ 8,50 por cada real. O primeiro tenta repetir o feito de 2003/2004, depois de ter chegado perto na última temporada, quando perdeu a final da conferência leste. Já o segundo ficou nas semifinais do Leste. Logo atrás, aparece os atuais campeões Pittsburg Penguins, dando R$ 10,00.
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks renew their rivalry on the opening night of NHL action Wednesday. Bad blood tends to boil over when the Kings and Sharks meet but the road team has been a consistent play, as the home team is just 2-8 in the past 10 between the clubs.
The Battle of Alberta highlights the opening night in the NHL, as the Calgary Flames head to the Rexall Place to take on the Edmonton Oilers. Though the two teams were pretty evenly matched last season, the Flames have won 10 of the past 12 against the Oilers overall.
Coming off the second Stanley Cup victory of the Crosby-Malkin era, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be trying to become the first team of the 2000s to repeat as Cup champions. They’re set to make a serious run again this year as the majority of their top talent is still under 30 years old. The Pens smothered their opponents during the playoffs with a fast-break offensive style that saw them outshoot their opponent in 20 of 24 playoff games. Maintaining that pace over the course of an entire season won’t be easy, but Pittsburgh should still be one of the best shows on ice this season.
San Jose is making teal cool again after getting all the way to the Cup final last year. Although some roster weaknesses were made abundantly clear in their six games with the Penguins in the final series for Lord Stanley’s mug, the Sharks were right on the brink of winning their first franchise Stanley Cup. They addressed some of their needs in the offseason and unless age starts to catch up to them, they should be in great position to make another deep playoff run.
The Dallas Stars made an insane 17-point leap from the 2014-15 season to their Central Division-winning campaign one year ago and the thrill-a-minute team is projected for big things from NHL pundits and oddsmakers alike.
The Stars’ 267 goals made them the league’s top scoring team last season and members of the red light manufacturing industry will be grinning ear to ear as Dallas looks poised to eclipse that number furthermore this year, lighting lamps from coast to coast.
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