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 14 Odds Update
Stanley Cup Championship Week 14 Contenders
Closing out 2017, like they have so many times over the past three months, Tampa Bay posted a victory on New Year's Eve. The 5-0 win, on the road in Columbus, moves the Lightning to 28-8-2 and gives them a four-point lead on Vegas for first overall in the NHL. Tampa Bay went 11-2-0 in December and they outscored their opponents by a 54-28 combined count helping the Bolts build on their league best +51 GF/GA differential. Steve Stamkos & Crew now face their toughest run of the season as 12 of their next 15 contests are the road beginning with a game in Toronto tonight.
Jockeying for positioning behind the Bolts, seven teams are separated by just four points. Having played the least amount of games, the Golden Knights lead the way with 54 points. Vegas is also running hot as they matched Tampa Bay with an 11-2-0 December record and they've won seven straight games. The Knights who are just 10-7-1 as visitors this season, also face a lot of travel as they will play 12 of their next 17 games away from Sin City. No one else closed out 2017 very hot as a three-game winning streak by third place Winnipeg is the longest streak amongst the leaders.
Heading Into Week 14: Bet365 still has the Vegas Golden Knights Cup price at a lofty +1500.
NHL Week 14 Championship Futures Lines
Previous Update: Prior to the NHL Week 13 schedule.
Current Odds: From 25/12/17 to 01/01/18 Best Money Line Value
Betting Lines Order: Teams are listed according to their overall position in the standings.
Stanley Cup Futures Odds Update: Week 14 @ 3:00 AM ET January 1, 2018.
01/01/18 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update
Despite their torrent run, bookmakers at Bet365 and SportsInteraction both bumped up the Bolts (+300) Eastern Conference Championship price while Bodog (+300 to +275) dropped them slightly and Betway left them unchanged. That is still far and away top chalk though as Toronto, with a +450 line at Betway, is the second favorite. Back in familiar regular season territory, Washington had a nice run in December (10-2-2) and the Capitals now sit in second place overall in the East.
New Jersey fell to third but the Devils (22-10-6) have two games in hand on the Capitals (24-13-3) who they trail by one point in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps (+900) East winning best price is available at Bodog while the Devils best value (+1200) can be found at Betway. Boston continues to climb in the standings, they are 6-0-2 over their last eight games, as the Bruins and Maple Leafs round out the top five with 48 points. We still can't buy the Devils as Eastern Conference Champs.
Week 14 East Warnings: Carolina and Florida are on a slight roll but they should still be avoided. Columbus is on a 3-5-2 skid and were outscored by a 41-27 margin - including two 7-2 tumbles.
Week Over Week: 25/12/17 to 01/01/18 Best Money Line Price
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings.
Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 14 @ 3:30 AM ET on January 1, 2018.
01/01/18 Western Conference Championship Odds Update
Hands up if you had Vegas and Winnipeg sitting one-two in the Western Conference heading into January. Anyone? The Golden Knights, second best with a 3.51 goals per game average, have two games in hand and a two point lead on the Jets who sit fourth with 3.33 GPG. We want to see how the Knights handle their adventures between now and February 8, as destinations include north to Edmonton, east to Washington D.C. and south to Sunrise, FL. with some Midwest travel mixed in.
Two back of Vegas (+26), Winnipeg is tied with Los Angeles with a +24 GF/GA mark in the West. Over the past 16 seasons, teams at +24 or higher have all made the playoffs. The Kings (51 PTS) are one point behind the Jets (52) and tied with Nashville in third. The Predators will be without leading scorer Filip Forsberg for at least three games. Edmonton made a slight move, with four straight wins, but closed out 2017 with two losses and a tie. Will the Oilers ever pull it together?
Week 14 West Warnings: In the Pacific Division, Calgary remains inconsistent as the Flames went 5-6-3 in December. Following a 2-8-1 slide; a once promising season has vanished in Vancouver.
Week Over Week: 25/12/17 to 01/01/18 Best Money Line Price
Odds Table Oder: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings.
Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 14 @ 3:30 AM ET on January 1, 2018
World Juniors, US College & NFL Playoff Betting
Although Christmas has come and gone again, gifts keep flowing for Canadian sports betting fans. World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinals, semifinal and Medal matches go on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday respectively this week. In their semi vs Switzerland - Canada is a -3.5 (-202) favorite at SportsInteraction. These thrilling U20 contests are being played in Buffalo, NY, and an intense USA vs Russia battle should be a beauty to close out the semifinal showdowns on January 2, 2018. The NBA playoff push is also on as the pro hoops season is also near its halfway point
New Year's Day belongs to US College Football as the 2017-18 Bowl Season ends with the #2 Sooners vs. #3 Bulldogs and #1 Tigers vs. #4 Crimson Tide NCAAF playoff National Championship qualifying contests. For the first time this millennium, Buffalo earned a spot in the NFL playoffs. As the #6 AFC seed, and heading to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars #2 ranked defense, don’t expect the party to last long. We will update the Super Bowl LII and Conference Championship odds as soon as the top rated CSB bookmakers listed below post their NFL Wild Card Weekend prices.
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