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.
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As Playoff Races Tighten, Canadian NHL Teams Push Forward Through March
Can Calgary Take Advantage Of A Soft Schedule?
While I did mention that the majority of Canadian NHL teams have already established themselves as likely being playoff bound or not, the lone outlier in that equation are the Calgary Flames. As of the morning of March 7th, the Flames sit in 11th place in the Western Conference, three points out of a playoff spot with 15 games remaining. Thankfully for Flames, fans, the upcoming stretch Calgary has is a spot where plenty of points in the standings could be had.
Calgary as Buffalo, Ottawa, NY Islanders and Edmonton on tap for their next four games and none of those teams are likely going to make the playoffs. Buffalo and Ottawa have been bottom-feeders in the league for the bulk of the season, and if the Flames can pile up points in the standings during this stretch their playoff prospects will be better off for it. The rest of Calgary's season is decidedly tougher, so it's now or never for the Flames it seems.
Will Toronto Snap This Slump Soon?
Toronto is one of the two Canadian teams that should see playoff action in the spring, but if they continue dropping games like they have, it will be another very tough 1st round matchup once again for the Leafs. Toronto enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak, and they host the defending champs from Pittsburgh on Saturday night. That's not exactly the opponent I'd want to face when looking to snap a losing skid, but the Leafs better find some answers soon. After Pittsburgh, Toronto's schedule really doesn't get a whole lot easier the rest of the way.
Yes, there are some very winnable games mixed in with two games remaining against Montreal and Buffalo, along with a few other softies, but the Leafs still have games against two of the best from the West in Winnipeg and Nashville, and they've still got one more trip to Tampa to face the Lightning. The Leafs should be able to turn things around, but depending on their odds each night, backing Toronto on the ML against quality foes and fading them against weaker ones may be a generic strategy to take going forward.
Will The Worst Canadian Franchise Be Ottawa Or Vancouver?
It's been a rough year for the rest of the Canadian NHL teams (outside of Winnipeg and ones previously mentioned) and now it's important to keep an eye on the race for last place, at least in terms of Canadian clubs. The Ottawa Senators currently hold that distinction with 56 points, but Vancouver isn't too far behind at 59, and even Edmonton (60) and Montreal (61) have plenty of stake in the race. But when it comes down to it, it probably will end up being one of the two teams mentioned in the title as advanced stats and the eye test would lead you to believe.
With their fates sealed as lottery-bound clubs, Vancouver and Ottawa should be teams bettors should be fading more often than not over the next few weeks. Vancouver is a -145 home favourite on Wednesday with Arizona in town and on pure numbers alone I'm not sure how you can't take a piece of the Coyotes.
Ottawa has quite a few tough games ahead of them, but it's their home game against Calgary on Friday that sets up to be a prime fade candidate for the Senators. Clagary will be looking to avenge a 6-0 loss earlier to Ottawa this season and given how the season has went for the two clubs since then, I like the Flames chances of getting the job done.
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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.