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  • BookMaker.eu If there’s one team that was happy to see the regular season end when it did it was the New York Islanders. Losers of seven straight games before the shutdown, the Isles built a big enough cushion thanks to a hot start to enter the reimagined playoffs as the No. 7 seed. The Florida Panthers, meanwhile, get a second chance. The club went all in before the start of the campaign signing netminder Sergei Bobrovsky to a lucrative deal and they were a few points out of a wild card spot prior to the sh... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Toronto Maple Leafs have home-ice advantage for every game of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Does that mean anything since there are no spectators allowed in the arena? And they still have to play the game, which is going to be a difficult chore in their best-of-five qualifying round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Even though both teams finished the regular campaign with 81 points in 70 games, the Maple Leafs were pegged as the -160 favorite. Toronto got the better of the regular ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Not many remember who came in second the previous season. Even fewer fans remember the other two in the final four. The Carolina Hurricanes have a chance to come out of the shadows when they open the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a qualifying round matchup with the New York Rangers from Toronto with oddsmakers pegging the Canes as a -145 favorite. The Canes advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last season getting swept by the Boston Bruins. They were an inconsistent bunch this season finis... 

  • BookMaker.eu With other leagues easing into their season after the COVID shutdown, the NHL is jumping right into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The qualifying round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens might be the most one-sided of the eight series with the Penguins holding a 15-point bulge with nine more victories than their opponent during the regular season. Of course, the regular season was over four months ago and neither team has played a competitive game since the shutdown, so I ... 

  • BookMaker.eu For many years the Nashville Predators were known for their stout defense and goaltending which catapulted them to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Since that time the Predators have declined on the back end and between the pipes. Ironically enough it has been increased goal scoring that has kept Nashville in the status of being a bona fide playoff team, though much more inconsistent than at the height of their glory. The Arizona Coyotes got off to a strong start through the first two months of the s... 

  • BookMaker.eu At the onset of the regular season, the Vancouver Canucks were one of the great surprises of the NHL. Vancouver peaked on February 1 to stand at 30-18-4. But from there the Canucks went into a tailspin that may have cost them a playoff spot had the season continued through its entirety. Vancouver’s thin blue line was unable to prevent enemy offenses from lighting the lamp as the season progressed. As ... 

  • BookMaker.eu By nearly all accounts the Western Conference preliminary round series between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames is expected to be the best of the eight matchups taking place. Gamblers have the Flames as a slight favorite in a matchup considered to be even on paper. Calgary is seen by most observers as an overachieving team while the Jets are seen as an underachiever, capable of far more than they showed in the regular season. Further Winnipeg has more impressive metrics. The Jets were also i... 

  • BookMaker.eu Not that long ago the Chicago Blackhawks were the marquee franchise of the NHL. Chicago won three Stanley Cup championships from 2010 through 2015. Additionally, the Blackhawks earned 100 or more points in seven out of eight full season schedules during that era. However, no dynasty lasts forever. Age and the tight NHL salary cap forced the Blackhawks to shed their roster of important role players. If not for COVD-19 the Blackhawks would be nowhere near the playoffs. On Saturday 12-seed Chicago will face the 5-seed Edmonton Oilers and their young superstar Connor McDavid, the best player in the NHL. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The NHL has joined the NBA and MLB with a return to play plan, but unlike the other two sports, the NHL will forego the rest of their regular season and jump right into the playoffs. The NHL is letting 24 of their 31 teams into the Stanley Cup playoffs with eight teams getting first round byes, while the other 16 meet in what they are calling Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Games will be held in Toronto and E... 

  • BookMaker.eu The firing of Bruce Boudreau as Minnesota Wild coach was not popular but it has been effective. The Wild have played well enough under interim coach Dean Evason to get back into the NHL Playoff race. But the Nashville Predators are also perking up with the NHL lines and are back in playoff position. Both the Wild and Predators have changed their personalities. Minnesota used to be a shut-d... 

  • BookMaker.eu Alain Vigneault has done it again. First, he transformed the Vancouver Canucks from a Weakling of the West into champions of the Western Conference. Next, he inherited a discombobulated New York Rangers team and quickly led them to the Eastern Conference title. Now he is with a Philadelphia Flyers franchise that has been mired in mediocrity. But not anymore. The Flyers are the hottest team in hockey with the NHL lines and are looking like a viable threat for the Stanley Cup. On Tuesday night they will get the ultimate test with the defending Eastern Conference champion and current first place Boston Bruins coming to town. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the St. Louis Blues were a stunning Stanley Cup champion. The Blues were underdogs from the very start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs yet ambushed everyone that they faced to win the first Cup championship in their history. What is ironic about it all is that St. Louis was a last place team at the midway point of the 2018-19 schedule but this year they have been at or near the top of the Western Conference with the NHL odds. Yet the Stanley Cup is so difficult to win that even though the Blues are a better club than one year ago the odds are stacked against them for a repeat run. Sunday night St. Louis faces an old nemesis and arch rival. The Chicago Blackhawks are a former dynasty struggling through a rebuild. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the Washington Capitals suffered from a severe case of Stanley Cup hangover syndrome. Washington reverted back to its old run and gun habits that made them a perennial playoff failure, save for the 2018 season when then-coach Barry Trotz was able to keep a lid on things. But Trotz departed the scene a few hours after the Stanley Cup parade. And with his exit has come the disappearance of the responsible 200-foot type of hockey that is needed for sustained success. The Capitals will hos... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year the Tampa Bay Lightning coasted with ease to the Presidents Trophy title, which goes to the team with the best regular season record in the NHL. And it was that lack of a serious regular season challenge that many believe was the reason for the Bolts being upset in a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the eighth-seed Columbus Blue Jackets. The monumental upset exposed Tampa Bay’s lack of playoff grit. Now the Lighting face the ultimate test. Team captain and second leading scorer Steven Stamkos is out of the lineup until late April due to surgery related to an abdominal issue. Tuesday night the Lightning will be facing the Eastern Conference defending champion and current first place leading Boston Bruins on NBCSN. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu In just their second full season of a fully committed rebuild the New York Rangers have shown remarkable strides, especially with goal scoring, to emerged as an upstart playoff contender in the Eastern Conference. One problem that the Rangers brass is yet to solve is how to turn three goaltenders into two. The odd man out is yet to be determined. The Rangers remain a work in progress on the back end, which is all that is keeping them out of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Philadelphia Flyers are playoff bound thanks in large part to their new coach, who was the Rangers old coach, Alain Vigneault. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu When the betting public considers what to do with the NHL lines the Dallas Stars are often an afterthought. Dallas is in the thick of the Western Conference race for first but has not enjoyed high profile playoff success that anyone remembers, at least since their 1999 Stanley Cup title. For the Boston Bruins perceptions are entirely different. The Bruins made the Stanly Cup Final last yea... 

  • BookMaker.eu The year 2005 remains a landmark for the history of the National Hockey League. As the NHL was returning to action after a lost season due to a labor lockout two young stars were taking to the ice for the first time. Sidney Crosby was the top overall pick and was tasked with literally saving the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise. In the same way Alex Ovechkin was picked to jumpstart a lethargi... 

  • BookMaker.eu While the New York Rangers are showing solid improvement, especially on the offensive end of the ice, they are yet to reach the status of a legitimate contender for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Broadway Blueshirts are still thin on the blue line and their goaltending remains unsettled. However, that strong goal scoring makes New York a threat with the NHL odds almost every time they take the ice. But the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins are even more of a threat for each... 

  • BookMaker.eu Four years ago, Coors Field in Denver, Colorado was the venue for a well-received Stadium Series matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. As a matter of fact, the Avalanche were such great hosts that the NHL decided to employ their services yet again in 2020. This Saturday night the United States Air Force Academy and its Falcon Stadium, home of college football’s Air Force Falcons, will host the Stadium Series matchup between the Avs and visiting Los Angeles Kings. Colorado... 

  • BookMaker.eu It may surprise gamblers to discover that the Chicago Blackhawks are only three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Chicago is one of the hottest teams on the board with a rebuild that appears to be on the fast track. By contrast nobody is surprised that the Boston Bruins are just one point behind the Washington Capitals for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston has shown to be a determined group following their seven-game loss to the St. Lou... 

  • BookMaker.eu One of the best rivalries in all of sports is the one from the National Hockey League between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. Both are perennial Stanley Cup title contenders and favorites with the NHL odds. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup championship most recently in back to back fashion during the 2016 and 2017 playoffs. And then the Caps hoisted hockey’s Holy Grail in 2018. Last year the Penguins lacked the depth to make a serious run while the Caps suffered from a bad Sta... 

  • BookMaker.eu For the past four years the National Hockey League All Star Game has actually been three games in one. And fans have taken to this format with far greater enthusiasm. All Star teams comprised of the four divisions, (Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central, and Pacific), compete in a mini tournament that has proven to be a considerable upgrade from the old formats that had become dreadfully stale and embarrassing to the league. This year the city of St. Louis, home of the defending Stanley Cup champion B... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last June the Boston Bruins were all setup to win the Stanley Cup. Specifically, they were strong favorites with the NHL Odds to win game seven on home ice against the St. Louis Blues. But the B’s were outclassed and upset in a dominant 4-1 Blues win. Immediately after the game there was plenty of speculation about whether or not the Bruins would recover and remain a top tier team. So far this season Boston has responded in resounding fashion. To illuminate the Bruins are in three-way race with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals for the Presidents Trophy as best regular season team. On the Sunday Boston visits the Pittsburgh Penguins. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year it was obvious to all that the Washington Capitals were suffering from a long and costly Stanley Cup championship hangover. And it was quite understandable. Alex Ovechkin exercised all of his career demons by finally hoisting Lord Stanley’s Chalice. Washington celebrated the first Stanley Cup title in the history of what was often a star-crossed franchise that began play in October of 1974. This year the Caps have regained value with the NHL Odds with more focused play. The Philadelphi... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Dallas Stars have had quite the volatile month already with the firing of head coach Jim Montgomery due to personal conduct issues. As a matter of fact, the Stars were roiling with the NHL odds at the time of Montgomery’s dismissal which left players and fans shocked and wondering what the story really was. The Nashville Predators were considered to be Stanley Cup material as recently as one year ago but have seen their defense and goaltending go from top tier to the back of the pack. Dallas... 

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