While the 2021 NHL entry draft isn't viewed as being as deep as the 2020 class, as with Alexis Lafreniere last season, there appears to be a consensus No. 1 - Michigan's Owen Power. The Wolverines freshman defenceman didn't look out of place playing with the men at the IIHF world championship, winning a gold medal skating for Canada, playing in the top defensive pairing. Power is almost certainly going to the Buffalo Sabres.
2017 NHL Eastern Conference Futures Betting Lines
This year, Lord Stanley will be defended out East by the Pittsburgh Penguins; and they may not even be the best team in the conference. Washington fans feel like this is one hundred percent their year (after last year was supposed to be their year) and the Pens and the Caps sit atop the conference, odds and expectations wise. And either of those teams could win the Cup. However, there’s a second tier of teams who could knock off the top teams. But for now, most oddsmakers have it as Pittsburgh’s conference until someone proves otherwise.
NHL Eastern Conference Odds
You see the top two teams, as we stated above. But look at that middle class! The Lightning, The Rangers, the Bruins, the Flyers, the Islanders, the Red Wings, the Panthers and the Habs-- 8 teams within 800 points of each other. And there are 4 teams within 200 points of each other.
Only 6 of those teams get to make the playoffs (assuming nothing drastic happens to the Pens or the Caps), so there are going to be a lot of heated inter-conference games and the final 2-3 playoffs spots may go down to the last day or two of the regular season.
NHL Eastern Conference Winner Prediction
BET Pittsburgh Penguins @+400 On William Hill. Meanwhile, in the cellar, The Blue Jackets, Senators, Devils, Sabres, Leafs and Hurricanes are all poised to battle it out for last place. None of the 3 (The Jackets having the worst odds) are even within shouting distance of the middle class. So if you know something oddsmakers don’t know, by all means bet on one of them and enjoy a massive pay day.
2016/17 NHL Eastern Conference Schedule
The NHL season is an amazing chance for hockey lovers to get in on some great betting action. It’s a crazy 82 game regular season, so there are multiple games every night for you to bet on.
This year’s season will be preceded by the World Cup of Hockey, held in Toronto. Some people see it as no more than an intense pre-season and training for the NHL, others see it as an unnecessary risk and drain for the NHL’s top talent.
Canadian fans probably watch more Eastern Conference Hockey than the Western conference, as it is home for Canadian Teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Montreal Canadiens, and the Ottawa Senators. The downside is, only the Habs are favoured to have a winning season next year. We’re not used to this from the Sens, as they have missed the playoffs only 5 times in the last 20 years. The Leafs on the other hand, have only 1 playoff appearance since games were broadcast in HD (13 years).
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Canadian hockey fans have it made. There is no shortage of ways on how to watch the NHL. Whether it's TV stations or online streams, fans can tune in using their phones, tablets, or kick it old school by watching on television. Gone are the days where you had to go to one room and wait for one time to watch the NHL. Here are the many ways to watch the NHL in Canada.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from capturing their second straight Stanley Cup title. They lead the best-of-seven Cup final series against the Montreal Canadiens by a 3-0 count. In the Cup final for the first time in 28 years, Montreal has lost nine of 33 previous Stanley Cup final series. However, the Canadiens have only ever been swept in a final series one time in their history.
The Stanley Cup has gone through some unique firsts during the past two NHL seasons thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year's Cup final series didn't end until September. This year, with the launch of the regular season delayed until January, the Cup final series is stretching into July. One facet that hasn't changed, though, is that no matter when wagers are placed on the games, the bettors want to be certain that they are placing those wagers with the best betting sites for the Stanley Cup Finals.