Starting June 1st and continuing through June 8th, the 2016 Stanley Cup will be broadcast nationally. If you are lucky enough to live in one of the states that have sports betting, you are going to want to study up on the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. So far, it’s very early to tell who will win, but the oddsmakers have made their early predictions. So far, the teams with the best odds are the Washington Capitals, with odds of +550; the Chicago Blackhawks, also with odds of +750; the Dallas Stars, with odds of +800; and the Florida Panthers, with odds of +1200. Let’s take a look at each of these teams and their statistics, starting with the Capitals. Continue reading
The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs are around the corner with the candidates to hoist the cup taking the ice in two weeks on April 16, and with the Boston Bruins about to play the first of three home games in early April, it looks to be an exciting finish for playoff seeding. Will the cup be going to LA, Chicago, Boston? Many experts are predicting a stay in the Western Conference for the fourth straight season.
The New York Rangers are potential moneymakers with most legal online sportsbooks listing them at 13 to 2 odds (+650). With the favored team having a payout in the +600 range, it is always a good idea to consider putting your money down here…although New York has lost a few games coming down the stretch. Despite the downswing, the Rangers will look to be fresh and renewed coming into the postseason and that’s always dangerous…I would definitely keep an eye on New York. Continue reading
We talked about the concerns for New Jersey making just its second trip to the Pacific coast this week in the Stanley Cup finals, and each of those concerns came to fruition on Monday night. After losing two heartbreakers in overtime at home, the Devils were bulldozed by the Los Angeles Kings on the road in Game 3, and now stare down the possibility of being swept tonight.
The New Jersey Devils benefitted from an appealing road schedule this season, but that might be their undoing in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Devils, who travel to Los Angeles for Game 3, have only gone past the Rocky Mountains once this season – an October meeting against the same Kings they will play tonight. They won that meeting, which should be comforting to their backers, but a lack of travel miles could play a factor.
New Jersey hasn’t gone farther than Florida in the playoffs – still in the eastern time zone – playing four games against the Panthers in round one. Since then, they faced the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. Continue reading
The New Jersey Devils looked impressive in toppling Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist in the eastern conference final, but not enough to make them the favorite against the Los Angeles Kings.
Despite winning three in a row against the New York Rangers, oddsmakers are expecting their streak to stop in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night. The Devils are 1 1/2 goal underdogs, according to Bovada’s Kings vs. Devils Betting Lines. Continue reading
The New York Rangers haven’t exactly been consistent this postseason, so trading blows with the New Jersey Devils wouldn’t necessarily be alarming. But after losing two games in a row, the Rangers have their backs against the wall, facing a real chance of elimination Friday night. They have given the Devils their best punches but trail 3-2 after a gut-punching loss in Game 5. New Jersey jumped ahead early in that game, knocking in three goals on Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundvqist, and New York never seemed to fully recover. Continue reading
The New Jersey Devils have found a way to tame the great Henrik Lundqvist, and that has oddsmakers looking at them entirely different now.
The Devils came up big in Game 5, scoring five goals on the Vezina Trophy favorite, and now have a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals with just one more win standing between them and their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals in almost a decade. Continue reading
Any way you look at it, Dustin Penner’s goal through traffic in overtime against the Phoenix Coyotes last night made official what we already knew from the beginning. The Los Angeles Kings are going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in franchise history, and the first time since Wayne Gretzky was in uniform.
“I got a lucky bounce,” Penner told the Associated Press. “I just waited for it to settle down, and I got a chance to get it in the net.” Continue reading
It seemed like the Phoenix Coyotes would have to be perfect to even steal a game from the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. Sunday night, Mike Smith was.
On the brink of elimination, the Coyotes’ goaltender came up huge stopping all 36 shots he faced to keep his team in the series. Now, down 3-1, he’ll have to do it again on Tuesday night as Phoenix again hosts the Kings for Game 5. Continue reading
The New York Rangers bounced back with a huge Game 3 win on Saturday, but head coach John Tortorella wasn’t in a celebrating mood afterwards. Complaining about the New Jersey Devils’ acting jobs on several penalty calls, Tortorella was calling foul after the game.
The moment Devil’s coach Peter DeBoer complained that New York’s Brandon Pruest launched himself at Anton Volchenkov, Tortorella was quick to return fire and point out New Jersey’s blame for the same kind of hits. Continue reading