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  • BookMaker.eu Two years ago, the Boston Bruins were a machine that many NHL observers and gamblers believe should have won the Stanley Cup. Instead, the Bruins blew a seven game Stanley Cup Final on home ice to the St. Louis Blues. Things have not quite been the same since that epic heartbreaker. Three years ago, the Washington Capitals won the first and only Stanley Cup of their franchise history. Then head coach Barry Trotz departed for the New York Islanders hours after that triumph. Since Trotz left town,... 

  • BookMaker.eu Since taking over as Montreal’s interim coach Dom Ducharme isn’t making much progress. Ducharme was the assistant to the fired Claude Julien before being promoted to head coach on February 24, 2021. Upon taking command, Ducharme was ordered to jumpstart a stalled campaign. So far, Ducharme has an NHL betting record of 5-3-5 behind the Habs bench. Compared to Montreal’s mark of 9-5-4 when Julien got the gas. Of course, the Canadiens roster remains the same. Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe can relate to Ducharme. He was named the Leafs coach during the 2019-20 season, replacing Mike Babcock. Keefe needed a year to get his system implemented. Ducharme hopes to get that chance. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Three weeks ago was a great example of how there are no sure things with the NHL betting odds. Consider that the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lighting 6-4 as +$265 home dogs. In comparison, Tampa Bay was a costly -$330 chalk. A lot of guys betting the big chalk were cleaned out that day. For many of those on the losing side, it was a devastating lesson and loss. But for others, it means that Tampa Bay won’t be caught napping on Sunday. Especially for a nationally televised Easter matinee game. Detroit remains one of the worst teams in hockey. Counter to that is a Stanley Cup champion Lightning team looking primed to repeat. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu For most of the 2020-21 season, fans and gamblers have been asking, "Where is Alex Ovechkin?" In the past week, the Great Eight has been sighted with a strong performance that has triggered a Washington Capitals run for the East Division's top spot. But the Capitals are not the only resurgent team in the East Division. The New York Rangers jumpstarted their campaign last week under the equivalent of a substitute teacher. Kris Knoblauch won three out of his first four games filling in for regular head coach David Quinn, who was out with COVID protocol. Naturally, some Ranger fans are screaming for a permanent change behind the bench. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year, in his first season as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, Alain Vigneault led them to a top four finish and the Eastern Conference's top seed. The Flyers went on to make the second round of the playoffs and were touted as a team of the future. However, that future has instead turned into something of a market correction. Vigneault and the Flyers have not met expectations for the 2020-21 season and are in danger of missing the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Philadelphia is in their worst stretch of the season as they prepare to face the resurgent New York Rangers on Wednesday night. New York was also touted as a team on the come after a surprising 2019-20 campaign. However, they have instead been wildly inconsistent. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu At the start of last week, the Minnesota Wild were among the hottest teams on the board. However, it was not to last as the week ended with Minnesota fighting to keep the final playoff spot in the West Division. Further, franchise icon Zach Parise was scratched after he stayed out on the ice too long, blowing what should have been a Wild win and causing a distraction. Now it is the Vegas Golden Knights that is one of the hottest teams with the NHL betting odds. Sin City’s first ever Major League sports franchise won the hearts of locals from the start. It doesn’t hurt that the Golden Knights boss the cashier’s cage, serving as a mint for local gamblers. On the ice, VGK is emerging as a powerful contender. Marc Andre Fleury has reclaimed his net with a vengeance after losing it last year. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu When Jack Eichel arrived at Buffalo, he was pronounced the savior of the franchise. Buffalo Sabres fans compared him to the most outstanding player in franchise history, the legendary Gilbert Perrault. During his time with the Sabres, Eichel has been a team asset on the ice and box office. Yet the Sabres are a disaster of a team. Similarly, Sabres owner Terry Pegula was hailed as a savior when he bought the team over a decade ago. Pegula said the entire purpose of the Sabres was to win Stanley C... 

  • BookMaker.eu International politics has cost the New York Rangers their best player. Artemi Panarin is out indefinitely for the Rangers. Panarin has not been silent about his opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. And the Russian political system countered this week. Specifically, the Russian government claims Panarin abused a woman a couple of years ago. Panarin adamantly denies the charges and is on indefinite leave because of this situation. Panarin supplied most of what little offense the Rangers had. The Boston Bruins have no such problems as the East Division's top team. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins are two of the NHL's most historical franchises, and their roles in history will continue Sunday. Lake Tahoe's breathtaking beauty and surrounding mountains will be the backdrop for a potential East Division playoff preview when the Bruins and Flyers meet on NBC. Boston is rampaging through the East Division with one of the best records in hockey. Philadelphia is one of the NHL's best offensive teams but is starting to take on water defensively. Sunday's matchup is worthy of its spectacular setting.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Saturday will mark the most picturesque setting in the history of sports. The Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche will meet on a rink set on the banks of Lake Tahoe, under the snow-capped mountains and pine trees of the surrounding area. Most important of all, Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday offers a potential West Division playoff preview. Colorado and Vegas are high-octane attack offense hockey teams. They don’t sit back and suffocate excitement. Both clubs are deep and skilled. Saturday’s matchup has it all. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford's abrupt resignation stunned the hockey world. Ron Hextall arrives as the new GM with Brian Burke as the newly inaugurated team president. A lot of folks in the NHL community see Rutherford's departure as a revelation. Pittsburgh has the look of a team with a Stanley Cup window slamming shut. In fact, Burke himself shared that view as a radio and TV commentator earlier this season. Poor defense remains a Pittsburgh concern. At Washington, the back end is always a worry. Since coach Barry Trotz departed after the 2018 Stanley Cup, Washington lost its 200-foot structure. In particular, Alex Ovechkin significantly regressed on the backcheck without Trotz. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the Philadelphia Flyers took the proverbial next step under their new head coach Alain Vigneault to become a top-four team. The question for this season was if the Flyers could keep it going. So far, the answer has been yes. However, if Philadelphia doesn’t tighten up defensively, they’ll get an early playoff exit. The Washington Capitals are responding well to their new head coach Peter Laviolette. The Caps are scoring rapidly, as always, but much like the Flyers, they are loose on the back end. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu In 2019-20 the New York Rangers exceeded expectations by arriving ahead of schedule. A rebuild scheduled for several years became a near-instant success. This season, the Broadway Blueshirts were touted as a team to watch but are falling back under the spotlight. An offense that became an NHL betting asset has fallen short while defense and goaltending remain the same problems they were in 2019-20. It follows that the Rangers don't surprise anyone after doing so a year ago. Pittsburgh always faces high expectations. Early on, they've had to outscore opponents because the blue line and goaltending have been late to the show. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu An ancient NHL rivalry that dates back to the 1920s will be renewed Sunday on NBC. The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings date back to the NHL’s “Original Six” era. At present, the Blackhawks and Red Wings are bottom-feeding former powerhouse contenders that are struggling to regain contender status. So far in the early going, Detroit has shown some early promise with the NHL betting odds. Sixth-year Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill needs to start showing progress. By contrast, the Blackhawks have flopped out of the gate. Chicago’s useless goaltending has swiftly been exposed. The Blackhawks’ 2020 trade of Robin Lehner to the Golden Knights has failed. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu At the onset of the season are increasing concerns about the Stanley Cup windows of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017 while Washington won it in 2018. However, both teams had embarrassingly weak performances in the 2020 playoffs that have gamblers concerned. The Capitals have changed coaches in a wise move that could serve as a reboot with the NHL betting odds. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh stayed the course behind the bench. Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby is still among the NHL’s best players. But he’s no longer as dominant. His old rival, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, remains elite offensively. Defensively he’s reverted to bad habits that former Washington coach Barry Trotz cured him of. Or to put it another way, the Great Eight is a part-time back-checker. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Wednesday night brings the start of a new National Hockey League season with an NBCSN Tripleheader. The middle matchup of the three games could prove to be the most interesting of all. The Tampa Bay Lightning will begin the defense of their Stanley Cup championship. Tampa Bay is a preseason co-favorite with the Colorado Avalanche to win the 2021 Stanley Cup. The Lightning will host a Chicago Blackhawks team that hasn’t finished in the top eight of the Western Conference for the past three seasons. Once mighty Chicago remains a team in transition. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the Tampa Bay Lightning were the prohibitive favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay blew away the rest of the NHL as the President’s Trophy champion, emblematic of the top regular season team in the NHL. Tampa Bay jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the opening game of that season’s playoffs. However, when the Blue Jackets rallied for a 4-3 comeback win the roof literally caved in on the Bolts. Tampa Bay ended up being humiliated in a four-game sweep to the e... 

  • BookMaker.eu By near universal acclaim the Stanley Cup Playoffs are regarded as the best in all of professional sports. Even non-hockey fans acknowledge this fact. The NHL post season sets itself apart because of its unpredictability. Every year there is a new Cinderella story. Take the 2018 season as an example. A first-year expansion team known as the Vegas Golden Knights went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. In 2012 the eighth and last seed of the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings, hoisted Lo... 

  • BookMaker.eu It would be hard to find a starker contrast of playing styles than what we will get in the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. New York is the most disciplined and structured team in the league. Head coach Barry Trotz is celebrated for his defensive mastery. What the Isles lack in skill and firepower they more than make up for in suffocation of their opponents. By contrast the Lightning are deep and loaded with skill and scoring ability. At the same t... 

  • BookMaker.eu Although the Philadelphia Flyers are the top seed in the Eastern Conference most members of the hockey community as well as the NHL betting public believe that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are the actual beasts of the East. Tampa Bay is coming off a satisfying five game series revenge win over the pesky Columbus Blue Jackets while the Bruins dominated the solid Carolina Hurricanes, also in five games. Boston and Tampa Bay entered the NHL Hub of Toronto as the Eastern Conference co-f... 

  • BookMaker.eu The New York Islanders made quite the statement in their five-game series sweep of the Washington Capitals. Washington had far more firepower and scoring than the Isles. But New York’s structure and discipline proved decisive in the matchup. Islanders head coach Barry Trotz has engineered what could be the toughest out in the playoffs. Alain Vigneault is another coaching success in his first year with the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia is in its best form in 10 years and has finally found a c... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Vegas Golden Knights had their share of ups and downs before the COVID-19 pause. However, no team has looked better or more powerful than Vegas since the restart in the NHL Hub of Edmonton. Vegas steamrolled the outgunned Chicago Blackhawks in five games to open the playoffs after curb stomping opponents in the round robin to gain top seed in the Western Conference. The Vancouver Canucks have become the Cinderella story of the Western Conference after their six-game series win over the defen... 

  • BookMaker.eu In their five-game series win over the Arizona Coyotes the Colorado Avalanche were so impressive that they joined the Vegas Golden Knights as co-favorites to win the Western Conference championship and, for that matter, the Stanley Cup itself. When the Avalanche utterly destroyed Arizona by identical scores of 7-1 in games four and five the display was that of utter terror. The Dallas Stars had a more difficult series with the Calgary Flames, rising from death in what should have been a game four loss. Dallas won the series 4-2 as Calgary never recovered from that game four overtime defeat in which Dallas forced the extra frame with only 12 seconds remaining in regulation. Now the Stars are dogs to Colorado in the Western Conference semifinal. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Stanley Cup title defense got off to a rough start for the St. Louis Blues. It’s a good thing those round-robin games were only for seeding purposes. They went from having the best points percentage in the Western Conference during the regular season to the No. 4 seed by going 0-2-1 in round-robin play, drawing the Vancouver Canucks in a first-round best-of-seven series that opens on Wednesday in Edmonton. Having won three games in a row to oust Minnesota in the qualifying round, taking two ... 

  • BookMaker.eu If defense wins championships the Dallas Stars have to feel good about their chances to advance in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Stars allowed the second-fewest goals during the regular season and hope to have former Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop back between the pipes when they open their first-round series against the Calgary Flames inside the Edmonton hub on Tuesday. Now if the Stars can only produce more offensively they would be a serious contender to win the Cup. Calgary won two o... 

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