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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NHL Futures: Week 12 Odds Update
Stanley Cup Championship Week 12 Contenders
Torching everyone in their path, Tampa Bay has moved back into first place in the National Hockey League standings. The Lightning own the longest current winning streak in the league as they have rolled to seven straight wins. Perfect so far in December, Tampa Bay outscored their opponents by a 33-13 count over their last seven games. That run has raised the Bolts NHL best GF/GA differential to +43 which is 20 goals better than the +23 mark posted by the Nashville Predators. Bookmakers at SportsInteraction now have the Lightning with a league low +575 Stanley Cup futures price.
Four points behind the Bolts, Nashville and St. Louis sit in a second place tie with 46 points. The Predators are on a 7-1-2 run and their best Stanley Cup line (+1400) is available at Bet365. Feeling the affects of losing their second leading scorer, LW Jaden Schwartz, the Blues are on a 1-3-0 slide during which they have been outscored 10-3 and have been shutout twice. Toronto has also been bitten by the injury bug as Auston Matthews (upper body) has missed the Maple Leafs last three games - all losses by a 9-3 margin. Check out the current Stanley Cup prices in the bubble below.
Heading Into Week 12: The Washington Capitals, on a 10-2-0 run, are starting to heat up.
NHL Week 12 Championship Futures Lines
Previous Update: Prior to the NHL Week 11 schedule.
Current Odds: From 11/12/17 to 18/12/17 Best Money Line Value
Betting Lines Order: Teams are listed according to their overall position in the standings.
Stanley Cup Futures Odds Update: Week 12 @ 5:30 AM ET December 18, 2017.
18/12/17 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update
Happy that we jumped on the Tampa Bay +650 Eastern Conference money line, back in Week 3, we are somewhat disappointed that we don't have the Lightning as a Stanley Cup pick. That is especially true considering we have Pittsburgh as our East winner. While we aren't prepared to give up on them yet, the Penguins are just 17-14-3 and currently sit two points out a playoff position. Whether Sidney Crosby & Crew are playing possum, or age is starting to catch up to them, remains to be seen. Heading into Week 12, the Pens are sixth overall in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Tampa Bay has put a lot of distance between them and the other Atlantic Division teams as the Lightning now have a nine point bulge on the second place Toronto Maple Leafs and a gaudy 15 point lead on Boston who sit third overall. The Bolts also have a seven point lead on Washington in the race for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Nikita Kucherov (23 G 23 A) and Steven Stamkos (12 G 31 A) continue to sit first and second in points scored while Andrei Vasilevskiy (2.11 GAA) leads all goaltenders with 21 victories. Barring injuries - Tampa Bay won't slow down anytime soon.
Week 12 East Thoughts: Add Tampa Bay (+600) with 3-Units on the Betway Stanley Cup line.
10/07/18 Stanley Cup Update: Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights (4-1) and are the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champions. Check out the 2019 Stanley Cup Futures.
Week Over Week: 11/12/17 to 18/12/17 Best Money Line Price
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings.
Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 12 @ 6:30 AM ET on December 18, 2017.
18/12/17 Western Conference Championship Odds Update
While Tampa Bay is running away from the pack in the East, the Western Conference standings are extremely close. Battling in the tough Central Division race, and tied with 46 points, Nashville and St. Louis lead the way in the West but the Predators have three games in hand on the Blues. Vegas and Los Angeles are second with 44 points as the Golden Knights, who have two games in hand on the Kings, continue to shatter first year NHL franchise records. Winnipeg has cooled off some, as the Jets are 4-4-2 over their last ten games, while Chicago has heated up with five straight wins.
West Wild Card standings are also tight as three points separate five teams. Chicago and Dallas currently hold the two spots, with 39 and 38 points, but Minnesota and Calgary have 37 points while Anaheim has 36. At the other end of the spectrum, even though we still have not hit the halfway point of the regular season, Arizona (7-23-5) is the first squad with 'Off The Board" status. Bodog bookmakers have already bumped the Coyotes off their futures board. For sports betting fans in Arizona - it's a good thing that MLB 2018 Opening Day is just 100 sleeps away!
Week 12 West Thoughts: Nashville has regained their 2016-17 West winning swagger.
Week Over Week: 11/12/17 to 18/12/17 Best Money Line Price
Odds Table Oder: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings.
Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 12 @ 6:30 AM ET on December 18, 2017.
NCAAF Bowl Season - NFL Playoff Betting Sites
In addition to fantastic Fire On Ice wagering excitement, top Canada Sports Betting bookmakers are also all over the NCAAF Bowl Season and the final legs of the race to the National Football League playoffs. The US College Football postseason kicked into high gear this past weekend and it will continue until the National Championship matchup on January 8, 2018. We had a slightly wonky start to our Bowl picks but we are just six matches into our 40 game run. Starting on 19/12/17, and running through to 01/01/18, contests will be played every day - except for Christmas Day.
Five of the twelve playoff positions have now been claimed in the NFL Super Bowl LII chase as New England, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville have punched their tickets in the AFC while Philadelphia and Minnesota have secured a berth in the NFC. Atlanta has decent shot to improve their postseason chances with a road win over Tampa Bay during the Week 15 Monday Night Football fight. The NFL Championship futures odds are sure to change and we will update the numbers prior to Week 16. As always, the CSB Top Five rated sportsbook listed below deliver the best online betting action.
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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.