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.
NHL Futures: Week 20 Odds Update
Stanley Cup Championship Week 20 Contenders
Due to bookmakers being a little late refreshing their NHL Championship odds, the Week 20 action is already underway as the Monday night schedule was a light three-game affair. One of those contests was a confidence builder for Toronto as the Maple Leafs took down league leading Tampa Bay by a 4-3 count at the Air Canada Center. The Lightning (79 PTS) still own the NHL top perch but it's a precarious lead as the gap from first to sixth place is six points. With games-in-hand Vegas (1) and Boston (2) are tied for second with 76 points while Nashville (2) is four back with 75 points.
Toronto, who are tied with St. Louis for most game played (58) and Winnipeg (56 GP) are tied with 73 points each. Those top six teams are showing no signs of slowing down as they are 41-14-5 over their last ten matches. Pittsburgh (7-2-1) and Dallas (7-3-0) have made up some ground recently as the next seven squads, which also includes the Blues, Capitals, Sharks, Wild and Flames, are now separated by five points. The Flyers, Kings and Ducks round out the top 16 as they are all tied 65 points apiece. Playoff bubble battles, with five plus teams, are still fantastic in both Conferences.
Heading Into Week 20: Admitting we were sucked in - Edmonton will not make the playoffs.
Week 20 NHL Championship Futures Lines
Previous Update: Prior to the NHL Week 19 schedule.
Current Odds: From 05/02/18 to 12/02/18 Best Money Line Value
Betting Lines Order: Teams are listed according to their overall position in the standings.
Stanley Cup Futures Odds Update: Week 20 @ 10:00 PM ET February 12, 2018.
12/02/18 Eastern Conference Championship Odds Update
Continuing to cut into Tampa Bay’s East lead, ever so slightly, Boston has moved to within three points of the Lightning. Unkind to many “Pick A Winner/Loser” pool players, after they lost 4-2 to the Buffalo Sabres (16-30-10) last Saturday, the Bruins are 19-2-4 over their last 25 contests. The Lightning are 15-9-1 over that same period which means the Bruins banked 42 points while the Bolts bagged just 31 during that stretch. Toronto is 19 PTS clear of Florida in the Atlantic Division.
While we have written off our Stanley Cup and West title wagers on the Oilers, we were never too down on our Pittsburgh tickets which are surging back to life. Sid The Kid & Crew have earned 23 of a possible 30 points over their last 15 contests. The Penguins Cup and East Championship prices are now back to their Week 2 odds. Although not sure what they like, and the other top NHL bookmakers do not, Bet365 pushed the Flyers price from +1400 down to +950 week over week.
East Playoff Race: Goaltending is a concern for anyone taking an East title flyer on Philadelphia.
Week Over Week: 05/02/18 to 12/02/18 Best Money Line Value
Odds Table Order: Teams are listed according to the current Eastern Conference standings.
Eastern Conference Title Price Changes: Week 20 @ 10:00 PM ET February 12, 2018.
12/02/18 Western Conference Championship Odds Update
Making it look routine, Vegas is clearing every hurdle during their inaugural season. That said, the Golden Knights went 12-1-1 and then 7-5-2 during their last 28 matches. We're not suggesting the Knights will totally melt in the Las Vegas spring sun as a 13-10-4 season close should lock up first in the Pacific Division. We do wonder if that will be enough to win the West though as Nashville has rolled to a 10-1-3 recent record as they continue to fend off Winnipeg in the Central Division.
Apart from the Vegas feel-good story, it's difficult to find a team that has done more with less than the Jets. The Predators have played two less games but Winnipeg is just two points behind them. After splitting the first two games - the Preds and Jets still have three matches to play against each other this season. Teams in the Central Division currently occupy five of the eight West playoff positions. However, for the first time in a decade, the Chicago Blackhawks are not one of them.
West Playoff Race: Though playing well - We are still cautious about soaring with the Jets.
Week Over Week: 05/02/18 to 12/02/18 Best Money Line Value
Odds Table Oder: Teams are listed according to the current Western Conference standings.
Western Conference Title Price Changes: Week 20 @ 10:00 PM ET February 12, 2018.
Bet on the NHL and NBA Playoff Races in Canada
Heating up nicely, the NHL and NBA playoff pushes are happening simultaneously. Looking ahead, our Week 21 NHL update will go to publish one week prior to the NHL trade deadline so we will be tracking that over the next two weeks. We will recap our wagers and look to the future during our Week 22 update. Though the hoops slate is a little behind, they will catch up once their All-Star festivities play out this weekend. In addition to Championship futures, including Division winning odds, pre-game and LIVE betting on both sports is offered daily at top ranked online sportsbooks.
Also, always a Harbouring of Spring in the Great White North, pitchers and catchers begin reporting to Major League Baseball spring training facilities this week and most full-squad workouts begin on 19/02/18. We are following the early odds on our MLB futures page and regular updates will be common once the X-Games get rolling during the last week of February. Remember, for the first time since 1968, all 30 squads will hit the diamonds during MLB Opening Day on March 29, 2018. Ditch your local lottery team and step up to the Majors with these veteran online bookmakers.
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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.