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  • BookMaker.eu While the New York Rangers are showing solid improvement, especially on the offensive end of the ice, they are yet to reach the status of a legitimate contender for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Broadway Blueshirts are still thin on the blue line and their goaltending remains unsettled. However, that strong goal scoring makes New York a threat with the NHL odds almost every time they take the ice. But the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins are even more of a threat for each... 

  • BookMaker.eu Four years ago, Coors Field in Denver, Colorado was the venue for a well-received Stadium Series matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. As a matter of fact, the Avalanche were such great hosts that the NHL decided to employ their services yet again in 2020. This Saturday night the United States Air Force Academy and its Falcon Stadium, home of college football’s Air Force Falcons, will host the Stadium Series matchup between the Avs and visiting Los Angeles Kings. Colorado... 

  • BookMaker.eu It may surprise gamblers to discover that the Chicago Blackhawks are only three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Chicago is one of the hottest teams on the board with a rebuild that appears to be on the fast track. By contrast nobody is surprised that the Boston Bruins are just one point behind the Washington Capitals for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston has shown to be a determined group following their seven-game loss to the St. Lou... 

  • BookMaker.eu One of the best rivalries in all of sports is the one from the National Hockey League between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Both are perennial Stanley Cup title contenders and favorites with the NHL odds. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup championship most recently in back to back fashion during the 2016 and 2017 playoffs. And then the Caps hoisted hockey’s Holy Grail in 2018. Last year the Penguins lacked the depth to make a serious run while the Caps suffered from a bad Sta... 

  • BookMaker.eu For the past four years the National Hockey League All Star Game has actually been three games in one. And fans have taken to this format with far greater enthusiasm. All Star teams comprised of the four divisions, (Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central, and Pacific), compete in a mini tournament that has proven to be a considerable upgrade from the old formats that had become dreadfully stale and embarrassing to the league. This year the city of St. Louis, home of the defending Stanley Cup champion B... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last June the Boston Bruins were all setup to win the Stanley Cup. Specifically, they were strong favorites with the NHL Odds to win game seven on home ice against the St. Louis Blues. But the B’s were outclassed and upset in a dominant 4-1 Blues win. Immediately after the game there was plenty of speculation about whether or not the Bruins would recover and remain a top tier team. So far this season Boston has responded in resounding fashion. To illuminate the Bruins are in three-way race with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals for the Presidents Trophy as best regular season team. On the Sunday Boston visits the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year it was obvious to all that the Washington Capitals were suffering from a long and costly Stanley Cup championship hangover. And it was quite understandable. Alex Ovechkin exercised all of his career demons by finally hoisting Lord Stanley’s Chalice. Washington celebrated the first Stanley Cup title in the history of what was often a star-crossed franchise that began play in October of 1974. This year the Caps have regained value with the NHL Odds with more focused play. The Philadelphi... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Dallas Stars have had quite the volatile month already with the firing of head coach Jim Montgomery due to personal conduct issues. As a matter of fact, the Stars were roiling with the NHL odds at the time of Montgomery’s dismissal which left players and fans shocked and wondering what the story really was. The Nashville Predators were considered to be Stanley Cup material as recently as one year ago but have seen their defense and goaltending go from top tier to the back of the pack. Dallas... 

  • BookMaker.eu When Nathan MacKinnon was the first player selected in the 2013 NHL Draft a new level of expectations hit the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon and the Avalanche were off and on for his first four seasons but starting in 2017-18 the now 24-year old center took off and became the dominant player that all expected him to be. Most important of all the Avalanche have become a serious Western Conference contender and winner with the NHL odds. After a slow start the Minnesota Wild got off the mat to someh... 

  • BookMaker.eu When Barry Trotz arrived as the newly named head coach of the New York Islanders he brought considerable credibility with the NHL odds. Trotz had just led the Washington Capitals to their first ever Stanley Cup title and was the only coach that Alex Ovechkin ever had who could coax a full 200-foot game out of the Great Eight. Now with nowhere near the talent that he had in Washington Trotz is engineering a remarkable rebuild of the Isles. In the same way the Boston Bruins are showing no hang over from their epic seven game loss in the Stanley Cup Final last June to the St. Louis Blues. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Boston Bruins look like a team with unfinished business. Their failure to finish off the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final was seen by some as a portent of things to come. There were plenty of worries about a potential hangover with the NHL Odds. Instead the Bruins have jumped out of the gate in dominant fashion as one of the most complete teams in the league. Speaking of hangovers, the Washington Capitals certainly had one last season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. But t... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the St. Louis Blues caught everyone napping with the NHL odds in their worst to first impossible run to the Stanley Cup. This year the Blues are proving that their championship was no fluke with an impressive start to the season. Most important of all head coach Craig Berube’s team is not showing any signs of a Stanley Cup hangover. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been more up than down so far this season but not quite on the same level as the Blues. Of great concern is a Pittsburgh power... 

  • BookMaker.eu The defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins have shown no signs of a hangover from blowing the Stanley Cup last spring. In fact, Boston has been one of the most profitable teams with the NHL betting odds so far this season. The New York Rangers have been wildly inconsistent as a rebuilding team that is in full blown on the job training. In particular the Broadway Blueshirts back end has been a perpetual source of frustration. New York is not ready to contend but does boast enough off... 

  • BookMaker.eu It has been two long seasons of rebuilding for the New York Rangers, their fans, and leery gamblers. So far, the results have been mixed with the NHL odds as the Broadway Blueshirts young defensive corps has been ruthlessly exploited by opponents. For the Washington Capitals the look has been much more impressive compared top a year ago when the Caps were suffering from a severe Stanley Cup championship hangover and did not take care of their responsibilities on the back end compared to their fu... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year at this time the Washington Capitals were suffering from a bad Stanley Cup championship hangover that they never really overcame en route to a quick playoff exit last spring. This year the Caps have gotten back on track with at least some of the form that allowed them to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. By contrast the Philadelphia Flyers remain one of the most inconsistent teams in the NHL. The Flyers are still learning the ropes under new head coach Alain Vigneault. Philadelphia has one of ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the Tampa Bay Lightning breezed through the regular season with ease to win the Presidents Trophy as the best regular season team going away. And as it turned out that was precisely the problem. That lack of pressure and a challenge made the Bolts unprepared to face the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tampa Bay was swept in that opening round series which was one of the biggest upsets in NHL post season history. So far, the Lightning seemed to have learned th... 

  • BookMaker.eu So far as the first month of the season winds down the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have been in and out. Head coach Craig Berube’s team has been wildly inconsistent but with no real damage to start the year. By contrast the Minnesota Wild have been very consistent with the NHL betting odds. Consistently bad that is. The Wild may play for the offensive minded head coach Bruce Boudreau but their metrics are more like their days under Mike Yeo, minus the strong defense. Minnesota... 

  • BookMaker.eu Following their epic first round playoff flop last year the Tampa Bay Lighting still remain a favorite with the NHL Betting Lines. Tampa Bay has too much talent to ignore but the fact remains that their President’s Trophy championship got them nowhere in the end last spring. Their less than inspiring start to the new season may be reflective of that. By contrast the Pittsburgh Penguins are off to an impressive start and have shown good balance in the early going. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Two years ago, the New Jersey Devils had a dream season in which they reached the playoffs and boasted the Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall, which goes to the NHL most valuable player. General manager Ray Shero was being celebrated as a turnaround artist and dreams a return to glory were at hand. However last year was a major setback with Hall out most of the year and the roster not deep enough to overcome his absence. Now the Devils have flopped out of the gate with their fans up in arms and gamblers salivating at the blood in the water. Thursday the Devils have a very important cross-town rivalry matchup with the resurgent New York Rangers. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu With the arrival of Alain Vigneault as new head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers the hope is that a playoff spot can be secured. Philadelphia fans and many handicappers believe the roster is good enough to make a post season run. The New Jersey Devils had a terrible letdown season for 2018-19 after making the playoffs the year before. To many this is a do or die season for head coach John Hynes. Also, under intense scrutiny is 2018 NHL Most Valuable Player Taylor Hall who missed most of last yea... 

  • BookMaker.eu In each of the last two seasons the NHL odds did not have the Washington Capitals or the St. Louis Blues as favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Yet that is exactly what both teams have done. In 2018 the Caps stunned the hockey world with the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. The very next year the Blues turned the trick to win their first ever Stanley Cup championship after climbing out of last place in the entire NHL at the season’s midway point. So, to start the season the most recen... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the Tampa Bay Lightning lit up the NHL regular season like a runaway freight train. In fact, the Bolts resembled Secretariat at the Belmont with a whopping 128 regular season points to win the Presidents Trophy going away. Once again, the Lighting will be one of the top favorites for the most points in the 2019-20 NHL regular season. Other popular picks for success are the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, St. Louis Blues, and Boston Bruins. On the other end of the spectrum the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators are tabbed to be facing miserable seasons. Let’s take a look at the top picks for Futures NHL Odds points in the 2019-20 NHL season. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Current NHL odds have the Tampa Bay Lightning as the favorite to win the 2020 Stanley Cup championship. What may be the most interesting nugget from the Stanley Cup futures board is that the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues are not a top tier chalk. St. Louis shocked the hockey world with their Cinderella run last spring. Stuck with the worst record in the NHL on New Year’s Day the Blues went on a remarkable and historic march that is unlikely to ever happen again. What is most ironic of all is that the Blues could be a much better team than they were last season and yet not win the Stanley Cup in 2020. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The St. Louis Blues may regret Sunday’s 5-1 home loss to the Boston Bruins in game six of the Stanley Cup Final for the rest of their lives. With the chance to clinch their first ever Stanley Cup championship in front of their home fans the Blues simply weren’t good enough. St. Louis has been the most resilient team in the NHL this year. But the Bruins matched them in that category in game six. With the season on the line and facing elimination Boston was the better team. But now the pressure is... 

  • BookMaker.eu The St. Louis Blues have a rich although star-crossed history since their berth in 1967 as part of the NHL’s “Second Six” and Great Expansion. The Blues made the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons as champions of the expansion West Division. And they were swept all three times. And since their last appearance against the Boston Bruins in 1970 the Blues have never made it back. But now those 49 years of frustration could be ending Sunday night. St. Louis will host the Bruins i... 

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