Kings Look to Win Stanley Cup at Home

The New York Rangers were able to extend the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to Game 5 by avoiding the sweep on Wednesday with a 2-1 win at home over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Rangers are now back on the road, but have had success away from home in this postseason. The Rangers prior to Wednesday night’s win might have felt as though the bounces have not been good to them during the Stanley Cup Finals.

The hockey gods paid the Rangers back and more however on Wednesday.

The Kings saw two of their shots stop right on the goal line. That included one with only a minute left in regulation.

Los Angeles played its best game of this series on Wednesday peppering Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers goalie with 41 shots. However, the bounces this time when the Rangers’ way.

The two teams now will meet Friday night in Los Angeles with the Rangers once again in an elimination game.

Having avoided the sweep in the finals, the Rangers are now taking aim at being the first team to rally from three down in the Stanley Cup Finals to win since World War II.

The Kings have been rallying to win series’ this season during the playoffs. Los Angeles rallied from 3-0 against San Jose in the first round and 3-2 down in the second round against Anaheim.

New York also rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games. In three of their four wins, the Rangers were on the road in that series.

The Game 5 odds on Bovada and sportsbook.com have Los Angeles favored at -170 and the Rangers sitting on +160.

On betonline and topbet, the total for Game 5 is still on 5 goals. With two consecutive low scoring games, the UNDER was moved to being the favorite at -120.

The OVER could have some value since both goalies made a number of superb stops in Game 4. If the puck is bouncing differently in Game 5, the score could be high, making a winner of the OVER.

The current money line has Los Angeles at -170 with New York on +160.

The goal total is 5 with the UNDER at -120 and the OVER +100.

The puck line shows New York at +1.5 for -200 and Los Angeles at -1.5 for +175.

The Stanley Cup Finals will end tonight in Game 5 as the Kings will use their home ice advantage to lift the Cup high in the air for their second NHL Championship in the past three seasons.

I like the Kings 5-2.

Kings Look to Sweep Rangers in Stanley Cup Finals

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals will be played tonight at Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple. The New York Rangers have their collective backs squarely against the wall as they trail the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the series and the Kings would win the Cup tonight with a victory.

The Kings are ready to haul out the broom and sweep the Stanley Cup Finals for their second NHL title in three seasons.

Los Angeles came into the series as the favorite and has done what was needed to win. On Monday, the Kings won Game 3 in MSG by the score of 3-0 to take their commanding 3-0 lead.

If the Kings can win tonight, it would be the first time the Stanley Cups Finals was swept since 1998 when the Detroit Red Wings won 4 straight over the Washington Capitals.

However, odds makes at Bovada and betonline are not yet ready to hand the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles. The two bookmakers have New York as the favorite at -135, with the Kings sitting on +125.

On topbet and sportsbook.com the total for goals is sitting on 5, with the UNDER slightly favored at -115.

The Rangers led at different times in both Games 1 and 2 before losing in overtime. During Game 3, the Rangers dominated during stretches of the game, but Jonathan Quick stopped everything the Ranger shot at him.

While in most other sports, a lead of 3-0 in a series in likely insurmountable, teams in the NHL have rallied from that deficit.

Los Angeles did just that in the first round this season of the playoffs versus the San Jose Sharks.

The price offered for Los Angeles at +125 is a very good one. The big unknown is what the Rangers have, if anything left in their tank to come out and play hard.

Props are available as well for the game. Those include if the Kings or Rangers will score in the game’s first 10 minutes with the favorite – no – sitting on -130.

There is also a prop bet on whether Game 4 goes to overtime with yes sitting on +280.

Prior to the series starting, the OVER looked like the play until it became adjusted. Despite a score of 3-0 in Game 3, a number of chances were available for more goals and the OVER remains a strong play.

Picking a straight up winner in Game 4 is a much tougher choice. The Kings would love to end the series tonight, but the Rangers likely will come out in front of their fans full of pride and could pull off the win.

I like the OVER and if I had to take a winner, I like New York at home.

Over Might Be Undervalued in Game 2 of Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals continue with Game 2 tonight between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. The Kings won Game 1 in overtime 3-2 overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the process.

The odds on bookmakers such as Bovada and topbet are very similar to the ones for Game 1 of the series.

As of early Saturday morning, the same odds available in Game 1 are available on betonline and sportsbook.com for Game 2.

Currently the Kings are sitting on -150 and the Rangers +140. The lines are priced well and books are getting a great deal of action leading up to Game 2.

The total goals is sitting on five for Game 2 with the OVER on +100 and the UNDER on -120. That is exactly where the over/under was in Game 1.

Due to the results from Game 1, it is not surprising the lines are nearly the exact same thing for Game 2.

New York showed during the first game they could play with the Kings, but Los Angeles was able to assert itself during the all-important third period dominating the entire 20 minutes.

The Rangers made it to overtime thanks to strong play from goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The goal total was five for Game 1.

Which means everything expected by odds makers came out in Game 1, the Kings were favored and won and the goal total was 5 and 5 were scored.

One odds maker cannot believe the goal total has remained at 5 for Games 1 and 2. The Kings score more than any other team in the playoffs and with the score tied 2-2 during the second period all eyes were on the OVER.

The only thing that has changed for bookmakers for odds between Games 1 and 2 is the series price.

The price of the series was Los Angeles -180 but has now gone up to -280, with New York sitting on +250.

This is obviously a fair change in price given Los Angeles was the favorite and won the first game. However, this season’s playoffs have shown that the series can changes in a heartbeat, so some Rangers supporters might see a possible opportunity with the line.

The series is very up-tempo with scoring opportunities plentiful. Lundqvist played terrific in Game 1, but it appears Los Angeles was able to solve him. With each goal, the Kings shot high at his blocker side.

The Kings were saved by the saves made by Jonathan Quick in Game 1, however he has not been a model of consistency this season.

With that in mind, the best way to take this game is with the OVER. Until bookmakers put it at 5.5, the OVER is a good choice.

 

Blackhawks Favored in Game 7 over Kings

As the NBA playoffs take a four-day hiatus before the start of the Finals, the NHL takes center stage with the Western Conference finals seventh game between the visiting Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Early money on Bovada and sportsbook.com is on Chicago. According to betonline and topbet, the OVER continues to payout in this matchup.

The winner of this Game 7 will advance to play the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals with Game 1 on Wednesday at either Chicago of Los Angeles.

Patrick Kane a forward for Chicago was held to just a single point in the first four games of this series in the West finals, but has scored two goals and dished out five assists in the past two games.

Kane scored twice in Friday’s win in Game 6, including the winning goal and assisted on Duncan Keith’s goal that tied the game with 8:26 remaining in the third period.

Early money for Game 7 has come in for Chicago, with Blackhawks sitting as the favorite between at -150 after opening at -145. The Kings, playing yet another Game 7 on the road, opened at +135 and have been adjusted up to +140.

Each of the two teams has won one game on their opponents’ home ice during the series.

Chicago was down in a series 3-1 for the second straight season. Last season, the Blackhawks had trailed the Detroit Red Wings in the conference semifinals 3-1, before rallying and winning that series and eventually the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Blackhawks all time are 5-2 when playing at home in a Game 7 and have won four Game 7s played at home in a row.

However, the Kings are 6-0 during this season’s playoffs when faced with elimination.

The OVER continues as the strongest betting trend for the series. The OVER has cashed in five consecutive games where there have been at least 7 goals scored in each.

The OVER is sitting on 5 with a price of -120 for Sunday’s Game 7. The UNDER is currently playing an underdog role at +100.

The OVER in Game 7 is more generous of a price than the -125 on the OVER for Game 6.

Regardless of the outcome, the winner will then have just Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Rangers, who eliminated the Montreal Canadians to win the Eastern Conference title.

Pick: I like Chicago at home to win 5-3 and move on to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals.

NHL Playoff Series Previews and Picks

The NHL playoffs get underway on Wednesday. The unpredictability of the NHL postseason is quite predictable. Upsets are commonplace in playoff hockey, as fortuitous bounces and hot goalies can change the face of a seven game series quickly.

If you do believe that, ask the Los Angeles Kings whom two seasons ago walked in as the No. 8 seed in the West and waltzed away as the Stanley Cup Champions.

However, before you go laying large sums of money on the underdog, the favorites also come up big. The Chicago Blackhawks last season set records to open the regular season were No. 1 the entire regular season and eventually won the Stanley Cup.

However, according to data taken from Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com the difference between the No. 1 seed and the No. 8 seed is blurred on the NHL when the playoffs arrive.

Atlantic Division Eastern Conference

Detroit Red Wings No. 4 vs. No. 1 Boston Bruins

Detroit won the season series 3-1-0. The Bruins might have the league’s best record, but at 1-3-0 against the Red Wings, things could turn dicey. Detroit has injuries to key players and Boston’s Tuukka Rask is considered the best goalie in the NHL.

Series: Bruins

Montreal Canadians vs. Tampa Lightning

Tampa Bay won the season series 2-1-1. The teams were very close all season finishing just one point apart at the end of the regular season. Three of four head-to-head games went to overtime.

The key is if Ben Bishop the Tampa Bay goalie can recover from an upper body injury and be competitive in net.

Series: Montreal

Metropolitan Division Eastern Conference

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh swept the season head-to-head series 5-0. In five games, the Penguins trailed less than one minute out of 300. Columbus battled hard down the stretch and anything can and sometimes does happen in the postseason.

Series: Pittsburgh

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers

The season series was tied 2-2. The team at home won each game. Philly has defeated New York in three straight at home, while the Rangers have won eight consecutive at home versus the Flyers.

Series: New York

 

Central Division Western Conference

Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche

Colorado won the season series 4-0-1. Odds makers are not confident with Colorado. They won the Central division but do not have the odds in a matchup of No. 2 vs. No. 7, even though they dominated the Wild this season.

Series: Colorado

 Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues

St. Louis won the season series 3-2. St. Louis has a much better overall record than Chicago has, but has lost six straight entering this matchup. Chicago beat St. Louis twice in March.

Series: Chicago

Pacific Division Western Conference

Dallas Stars vs. Anaheim Ducks

The Stars won the season series 2-1. Dallas is a strong underdog and if they can steal home ice in game 1 or 2 could win the series.

Series: Dallas

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

Los Angeles won the season series 3-1-1. The teams played last season during the postseason with Los Angeles winning in seven games. This will be a tight series from start to finish.

Series: Los Angeles

St. Louis at top of Futures Boards for NHL Stanley Cup

Updated futures for the 2014 Stanley Cup have been released this week.

Ahead of the trade deadline in the NHL on Wednesday, the St. Louis Blues made the first big move with a blockbuster trade.

The Blues acquired Ryan Miller who played in goal for Buffalo for 12 seasons. At the Bovada online site, the move did not impact the odds for St. Louis to win the coveted Stanley Cup.

Miller will take the place of Jaroslav Halak in goal. Halak went to Buffalo in the deal. The move theoretically gives St. Louis a better net minder. St. Louis on topbet is sitting at 9 to 2 to win the NHL title. The Blues’ odds did not change, but they now sit as the only favorite to win the Cup.

Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks were at 9 to 2 as well last week, but have both been lengthened to 5 to 1. Both clubs have not played well of late. Pittsburgh is 5-3-2 in its last 10 games, while Chicago is 4-4-2.

Pittsburgh has had problems on its blue line with injuries. Paul Martin will be sideline for up to 5 weeks following an injury in the Sochi Olympics. Kris Letang is out recovering from a December stroke.

The Anaheim Ducks are near the top of betonline and sportsbook.com. The Ducks moved to 6 to 1 from 5 to 1. The Boston Bruins shortened their odds to 7 to 1 from 8 to 1.

Six teams in the league have single digit odds, as no team has risen to the top as the dominant force in the league.

A couple of teams moved quite a lot on the futures board for this week. The Columbus Blue Jackets, three points from a spot in the wildcard and tied on points with three other clubs prior to Monday games, saw their odds double to 60 to 1 from last week’s 30 to 1.

The New Jersey Devils, who are tied with Columbus on points, moved from 100 to 1 to 60 to 1 this week.

The Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars both were shortened to 75 to 1 from 100 to 1. Both teams started Monday at 66 points. The two are tied with the Vancouver Canucks on points, but the Canucks are 50 to 1 to win the Cup.

The Detroit Red Wings had their odds shorten on Bovada this week to 30 to 1 from 50 to 1. The Red Wings are holding the last wildcard spot with the Washington Capitals, but have two games in hand.

Other names involved in possible trades are being tossed around. Ryan Callahan from the New York Rangers, Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders and Ryan Kesler of the Canucks are three who could be involved in big trades.

Top 5 odds for Stanley Cup Win 2013-14

St. Louis Blues 9 to 2

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 to 1

Chicago Blackhawks 5 to 1

Anaheim Ducks 6 to 1

Boston Bruins 7 to 1

 

Monday Betting Tips: NHL Hockey

Kyle Turris and the Ottawa Senators look good to score an upset over the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

To get your week started with a bang, Casino Review has picked out three gems on Monday’s NHL schedule for you to digest before laying down some cash.

Here’s the shocker: Chicago’s game against Edmonton doesn’t intrigue us tonight. We think Chicago will continue its history-making run of points-scoring against the lowly Oilers. Forget that game, we’ve got three that are bound to be barn-burners with upset potential galore.

We start with a Philadelphia side looking to edge up into the playoff hunt.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Philadelphia Flyers

7:00 PM ET

With three wins in four games, Philadelphia (9-10-1, 5-2-1 home) has inched towards the playoff berths in the Eastern Conference. Entering play on Monday, the Flyers are tied with eighth-place Tampa Bay on 19 points. A win over the Leafs, or even a tie, will be enough to move above.

Toronto (11-8-0, 7-4-0 road) meanwhile unexpectedly has the seventh spot, but recent form has betrayed the team. Having won six of seven, Toronto has dropped two from three since. With the race in the East poised to be a tight one this year, the Leafs can’t afford to lose any more.

Both sides took to the ice on Saturday, with Philadelphia picking up a 5-3 home win against Winnipeg while Toronto fell 3-2 on the road in Ottawa.

This Season: Toronto defeated Philadelphia 5-2 at home on Feb. 11.

Last Season: Philadelphia swept the season series 4-0.

Moneyline: Toronto (+119), Philadelphia (-131) Total:

Take: PHILADELPHIA – The Flyers have begun playing like the team we expected this season, and with just two home losses this season, the favored Flyers look good in this one. Philadelphia (10-9-1) has favored the over while Toronto (6-11-2) has favored the under. The Flyers have averaged 4.8 goals per game over the last six, so take the over.

 

Montreal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators

7:30 PM ET

Both the Canadiens and Senators are looking good of late. Montreal (12-4-2, 4-1-1 road) has won six of the last seven games, with that one loss coming in overtime. The side has won three straight on the road. Michael Therrien’s side has risen to the top of the Eastern Conference in the process.

Meanwhile, Ottawa (11-6-2, 8-1-2 home) has won four straight in total and four straight at home, moving into sixth place in the East. A win or tie on Monday would see the Senators moving into fourth place.

Montreal handed the highly-touted New York Rangers a 3-0 shutout at Centre Bell on Saturday, while Ottawa dismissed Toronto 3-2 at Scotiabank Place.

This Season: Ottawa scored a 5-1 home win over the Canadiens on Jan. 30 while Montreal picked up a 2-1 home win on Feb. 3.

Last Season: Montreal won the season series 4-2 with both losses coming after regulation. The Canadiens went 2-1 when playing in Ottawa.

Moneyline: Montreal (-121), Ottawa (+110) Total: 5

Take: OTTAWA – The Canadiens may be favored but the Senators have been impressive at home this season. Take Ottawa to score the upset win. Both teams trend towards the under and Ottawa hasn’t seen more than five goals in a game in five straight. The under is the smart bet here then.

 

Anaheim Ducks @ Los Angeles Kings

10:30 PM ET

With 11 of the first 15 games on the road, Los Angeles (8-6-2, 3-1-1 home) could have asked for a better start. The Kings scored a 4-1 win over Colorado on Saturday though, beginning a streak of seven of eight games at home positively.

With three straight wins and five from the last six, the Kings are starting to look a bit more like the side that won the Stanley Cup last season. They’re also just one point out of the playoff berths.

Anaheim (13-2-1, 7-1-1 road) has started the season hot. Winners of 13 games – including six straight and 10 of the last 11 – the Ducks would be the talk of the league were it not for Chicago’s extraordinary run of form. Not that you’ll hear the side complaining.

Anaheim is all about getting the job done, and the side need only look back to early February to see how beating the Kings can be achieved.

This Season: Anaheim defeated Los Angeles 7-4 at home on Feb. 2.

Last Season: Los Angeles took five of six games against the Ducks last season, including a pair of shootout wins. The Kings won all three games at the Honda Center.

Moneyline: Anaheim (+142), Los Angeles (-142) Total: 5

Take: ANAHEIM – While the Kings are returning to form, the Ducks continue to steamroll on. Look for Anaheim to take it to the Kings and score the win. The Ducks are the third leading scorers in the league (3.3 goals per game) but have only seen the total go over in four games this year. Meanwhile, Los Angeles has also favored the under, so take the under in this one.

 

Tuesday’s NHL Schedule (in full)

Toronto @ Philadelphia

Montreal @ Ottawa

Dallas @ Nashville

Edmonton @ Chicago

Anaheim @ Los Angeles

Thursday Betting Tips: NHL Hockey

Herik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers have struggled on the road early this season. Can they score a win in Ottawa on Thursday night?

With (a noticeably quiet so far) NBA deadline day due to close in little more than three hours, Casino Review turns its head the other way and eyeballs tonight’s action-packed NHL schedule. That might sound crazy but there’s a trio of games that are proving particularly intriguing, starting north of the border.

 

New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators

7:30 PM ET

New York (8-6-1, 2-3-0 road) continue to tick over as fans and bettors alike wait for them to reach the potential that saw the side named preseason favorites. So far, we’ve seen nothing of the sort.

The Rangers have lost two of the last three all told, including a 3-1 defeat to Montreal at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ottawa (9-6-2, 6-1-2 home) pulled off a 3-1 win over the Rangers’ city mates the Islanders on Tuesday, making it two straight wins and three from five. The side has also won two straight and five from seven at home, and enter this game with the joint (with New Jersey) second best home record in the entire NHL. Only Montreal has fared better at home.

The Senators’ solid home record should strike fear into the Rangers, who have the fifth worst road record in the league. That being said, the Manhattan side has won two of the last three away from the garden.

This Season: Thursday night’s game is the first of three between the sides this season.

Last Season: Ottawa took a four-game regular season head-to-head series 3-1, winning both games played at Scotiabank Place. The Rangers retaliated by winning a seven-game series in the opening round of the playoffs, winning two of three in Ottawa.

Moneyline: NY Rangers (-121), Ottawa (+110) Total: 5

Take: OTTAWA – That home record is impressive and the Rangers have yet to really sell us on their road abilities. This is also an opportunity to back the underdog, something we like around these parts. Only four of Ottawa’s 17 games have seen the total go over, so take the under in this one.

 

Boston Bruins @ Tampa Bay Lightning

7:30 PM ET

Boston (9-2-2, 5-1-1 road) travels to the Gulf Coast – where the weather is nicer than in New England two weeks ago – to face Tampa Bay (8-6-1, 6-2-1 home) on Thursday night.

The Lightning have been solid at home – posting the fourth best record in the league – while the Bruins have been exceptional on the road – with the sixth best road record in the league. Something has to give in this one.

The Bruins snapped a two game losing streak with a 3-2 win in Winnipeg last Sunday. The side – winners of five of six on the road – will be well refreshed coming into this game.

The Lightning has won two straight since dropping six in a row, with the team’s latest success coming on Tuesday against Toronto. That 4-2 win also snapped a three-game losing streak at home. Even with that three-game skid, the Lightning still have an impressive home record.

This Season: After a Feb. 9 meeting was postponed, this will be the first of three games between the sides this season.

Last Season: Both teams one a pair of home games, splitting last year’s head-to-head series 2-2.

Moneyline: Boston (-116), Tampa Bay (+105) Total:

Take: BOSTON – There’s been very few chinks in the Bruins’ armor so far this season, and while the Lightning may have returned to winning ways, those three home losses leave a big question mark next to the team’s name. 10 of 14 Lightning games have seen the total exceed the bookies’ marker, so take the over.

 

Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars

8:3 PM ET

With the play of Chicago and Anaheim this season, Vancouver (8-3-4, 3-1-2 road) may have to wave goodbye to a third straight Presidents’ Trophy, but with three straight losses – the last two both by shootout – the Canucks would trade such awards for a win anyway.

Prior to this three-game skid, the Canucks had taken six straight and eight of 10. The side will be looking to return to winning ways and gain some retribution having fallen to the Stars less than a week ago.

Dallas (8-7-1, 3-2-1 home) has been teetering around the bottom of the Western Conference playoff berths recently. Entering this game the side has edged Detroit for the No. 8 spot. A 4-3 loss to Calgary last Sunday marred a five from six winning streak, but a well-rested Stars team will be looking to make a splash here.

This Season: Dallas handed the Canucks a 4-3 defeat last Friday (Feb. 15) in Vancouver. This will be the second of three meetings this season.

Last Season: The two sides split a four-game head-to-head series last season, with each team winning once at home and once on the road.

Moneyline: Vancouver (-146), Dallas (+133) Total:

Take: VANCOUVER – There’s certainly a temptation to go with the underdog  Stars here, especially with the Canucks having dropped three straight, but ultimately the Canadian side looks good to breakout of this mini-slump, while an inconsistent Dallas team looks set to wrestle with those lower berths until April. Neither team trends towards the over, so take the total to go under here.

 

NHL Schedule (Thursday)

Buffalo @ Toronto

Florida @ Philadelphia

New Jersey @ Washington

Winnipeg @ Carolina

NY Islanders @ Montreal

NY Rangers @ Ottawa

Boston @ Tampa Bay

Columbus @ Detroit

Vancouver @ Dallas

Minnesota @ Edmonton

Friday Betting Tips: NHL Hockey

Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are flying high in the Eastern Conference this season.

With the NBA in All-Star weekend mode and the College Hoops schedule looking paper thin on Friday night – #15 Georgetown @ Cincinnati will be a good game, but that’s about it – it’s up to the NHL to get bettors excited.

With eight ice battles scheduled for Friday night, there’s enough to keep you interested. Need proof? Casino Review has picked out the three best games on the schedule for your perusal.

 

Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils

7:00 PM ET

It might not have the bite of a Penguins-Flyers clash, but this Atlantic Division showdown will pack a punch, not least because the Devils got the better of the Flyers in last year’s playoffs and the Flyers dumped the Devils out two years earlier.

Philadelphia (6-7-1, 2-6-0 road) started the season 2-6-0 but four wins from six has the side looking a little more respectful.

New Jersey (8-2-3, 5-1-1 home) is currently top of the Atlantic and the Eastern Conference with 19 points. The Devils came unstuck against Carolina on Tuesday, losing 4-2 and snapping a five game winning streak. Peter DeBoer’s side will look to rebound tonight.

The Flyers’ 3-2 win in Winnipeg on Tuesday marked a rare road victory for the side. Prior to that game, the team had won just one on the road.

This Season: New Jersey defeated Philadelphia 3-0 on Jan. 22. That game was also played at the Prudential Center.

Last Season: The two sides split the six-game regular season series 3-3, with the Flyers winning two of three in New Jersey. The Devils eliminated the Flyers in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs by four games to one. New Jersey won both playoff games played at the Prudential Center.

Moneyline: Philadelphia (+134), New Jersey (-147) Total: 5

Take: NEW JERSEY – Although Philadelphia is trending upwards, the Devils outrank the Flyers in goals scored and allowed, and more importantly ranks in the top 10 in both power play (21.1%) and penalty killing (84.1%) percentage. Take the total to go under.

 

Anaheim Ducks @ Detroit Red Wings

7:30 PM ET

Anaheim (9-2-1, 5-1-1 road) scored a 3-2 shootout win over Chicago on Tuesday, making two shootout wins in a row. The Ducks have won six of the last seven all told, and three of the last four on the road. The Pacific Division-leading team will look to continue its run of good form against a Red Wings side that hasn’t completely found its groove.

Detroit (7-4-2, 5-2-1 home) lost in overtime at home to St. Louis on Wednesday, snapping a streak of three straight wins and five from the last seven. The Red Wings’ main trouble has been penalty killing. The side has allowed 16 power play goals in 60 attempts (a PK rating of just 73.3%) which will hurt any side.

Fortunately for the Red Wings, penalty killing is a shortcoming of the Ducks. Anaheim has been even worse against the power play this season, allowing 14 goals in 46 tries (a PK rating of 69.6%). Fortunately for the Ducks, they commit fewer penalties than the Wings.

This Season: This is the first of three games between the two sides this season.

Last Season: Detroit won three of four games between the sides last season, including both games in the Motor City, the second of which was won in a shootout.

Moneyline: Anaheim (+114), Detroit (-126) Total:

Take: ANAHEIM – Take the Ducks to score an upset road victory. With both teams capable of scoring the puck, and both weak on penalty kill, take the total to go over.

 

San Jose Sharks @ Chicago Blackhawks

8:30 PM ET

When the Blackhawks finally lose a game in regulation, we’ll no longer need to comment about how the side is undefeated in regulation. For now, Chicago (10-0-3, 2-0-1 home) will look to remain undefeated in regulation when the Sharks come to town on Friday night.

The Blackhawks’ epic seven-game home stand didn’t get off to the best of starts on Tuesday as the Ducks took a shootout win, but a point meant it wasn’t a total loss. The side will hope for two points against the struggling Sharks.

After starting the season 7-0-0, San Jose (7-3-3, 2-2-1 road) has lost its mojo, dropping six straight games. Granted, two of those losses came in shootouts and one in overtime, but 0-3-3 isn’t what any team wants out of six games.

The Sharks will look to get back on track Friday, and will be hoping the goals that came early in the season return. Fans will hope for anything but a repeat of Tuesday’s 1-0 overtime loss to Nashville.

This Season: Chicago defeated the Sharks 5-3 in San Jose on Feb. 5. The two sides will close out their season series with a second game at the United Center next Friday (Feb. 22).

Last Season: The two sides split a four game series last season, with each winning both games at home.

Moneyline: San Jose (+129), Chicago (-142), Total:

Take: CHICAGO – San Jose will return to winning ways shortly, but the Blackhawks should have enough to postpone this resurgence by at least one more game. Take the total to go over and both sides find the net multiple times.

 

NHL Schedule (Friday)

Boston @ Buffalo

Philadelphia @ New Jersey

Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg

Anaheim @ Detroit

San Jose @ Chicago

St. Louis @ Calgary

Dallas @ Vancouver

Columbus @ Los Angeles

Hockey Returns this Saturday

Favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the Penguins and Rangers each kick-start their season this Saturday before clashing at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

After four months in oblivion, the National Hockey League will resume play this Saturday, following the ratification of a proposed agreement between the league office and the Players’ Association.

Saturday’s schedule will include 13 games, featuring 26 of the league’s 30 teams.

The schedule’s marquee matchup sees Pittsburgh and Philadelphia continue their long-time rivalry. The game (3:00 PM ET) will see the Penguins looking for retribution after being dumped out of the playoffs at the first round by the Flyers last season.

As news broke that an agreement had been reached between the NHL and NHLPA, Pittsburgh was considered favorites to lift Lord Stanley’s goliath cup. In the week that has followed, Pittsburgh finds itself join favorites with the New York Rangers, with both teams being given 8/1 odds of winning it all.

The Rangers will start their season with a tough game in Boston on Saturday (7:00 PM ET), before hosting the Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening (7:00 PM ET).

Other notable games on Saturday’s schedule include the Los Angeles Kings beginning the defense of an unexpected Stanley Cup with the visit of the Chicago Blackhawks, a side expected to take a very competitive Central Division this season.

Vancouver – expected by odds makers to win the Western Conference this season – will host the Anaheim Ducks (10:00 PM ET), while Toronto and Montreal meet in a battle of Original Six sides (7:00 PM ET).

For those sides taking to the ice, Saturday’s games will mark the first of shortened 48-game season, a result of the lengthy lockout period. Each team will play only against those sides in their conference, meaning the only time we’ll see an Eastern Conference side meet a Western Conference team will come during the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Stanley Cup playoffs will retain its 16-team format, and will commence following the last day of the regular season, which falls on Apr. 27. Postseason schedules are yet to be put into place.

With such a short period to get ready for hockey betting, Casino Review has compiled all of the information you need to get ready for Saturday and the season ahead.We’ve gathered Stanley Cup, conference, and division odds together, alongside points totals and playoff odds, meaning you can check out your favorite side’s chances, or take an advantage to pick out this season’s Stanley Cup competitors.

Read on for all you need ahead of the NHL Regular Season…

 

Saturday’s Season Opening Schedule

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers

Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets

Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings

New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens

New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders

Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes @ Florida Panthers

Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators

Phoenix Coyotes @ Dallas Stars

Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild

Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks

 

NHL Futures and Props

All odds supplied by Bovada

(NOTE: Last season, teams had the opportunity to earn 164 points. This season, there is a total of 96 points up for grabs for each side. To give you a better idea of what a team needs to do to (pro-rata) match last season’s tally, we’ve added the number of points needed this season.)

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

 

BOSTON BRUINS

Stanley Cup: 14/1

Eastern Conference: 15/2

Northeast Division: 13/10

57½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/9 (Yes), 11/2 (No)

Last season: 102 points, No. 2 seed

69 points (to match)

 

BUFFALO SABRES

Stanley Cup: 28/1

Eastern Conference: 14/1

Northeast Division: 3/1

54½ points: 10/11 (over), 5/6 (under)

Playoffs: 20/33 (Yes), 27/20 (No)

Last season: 89 points, missed playoffs

52 points (to match)

 

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Stanley Cup: 22/1

Eastern Conference: 11/1

Southeast Division: 11/5

53½ points: 5/6 (over), 10/11 (under)

Playoffs: 20/43 (Yes), 7/4 (No)

Last season: 82 points, missed playoffs

48 points (to match)

 

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Stanley Cup: 40/1

Eastern Conference: 20/1

Southeast Division: 9/2

52½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 3/1 (Yes), 1/4 (No)

Last season: 94 points, No. 3 seed

55 points (to match)

 

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Stanley Cup: 35/1

Eastern Conference: 16/1

Northeast Division: 5/1

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 39/20 (Yes), No (2/5)

Last season: 78 points, missed playoffs

46 points (to match)

 

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Stanley Cup: 33/1

Eastern Conference: 16/1

Atlantic Division: 6/1

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/27 (Yes), 21/20 (No)

Last season: 102 points, No. 6 seed

60 points (to match)

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Stanley Cup: 75/1

Eastern Conference: 35/1

Atlantic Division: 16/1

49½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 9/2 (Yes), 2/13 (No)

Last season: 79 points, missed playoffs

46 points (to match)

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

Stanley Cup: 8/1

Eastern Conference: 4/1

Atlantic Division: 19/10

60½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/9 (Yes), 11/2 (No)

Last season: 109 points, No. 1 seed

64 points (to match)

 

OTTAWA SENATORS

Stanley Cup: 40/1

Eastern Conference: 20/1

Northeast Division: 11/2

52 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 3/1 (Yes), 1/4 (No)

Last season: 92 points, No. 8 seed

54 points (to match)

 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Stanley Cup: 14/1

Eastern Conference: 7/1

Atlantic Division: 5/2

57½ points: 5/6 (Yes), 10/11 (No)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 103 points, No. 5 seed

60 points (to match)

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Stanley Cup: 8/1

Eastern Conference: 4/1

Atlantic Division: 21/10

61½ points: 20/23 (Over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/10 (Yes), 6/1 (No)

Last season: 108 points, No. 4 seed

66 points (to match)

 

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Stanley Cup: 30/1

Eastern Conference: 15/1

Southeast Division: 3/1

53 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/29 (Yes), 23/20 (No)

Last season: 84 points, missed playoffs

49 points (to match)

 

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Stanley Cup: 35/1

Eastern Conference: 18/1

Northeast Division: 11/2

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 37/20 (Yes), 4/9 (No)

Last season: 80 points, missed playoffs

47 points (to match)

 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Stanley Cup: 25/1

Eastern Conference: 12/1

Southeast Division: 9/4

54½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 92 points, No. 7 seed

54 points (to match)

 

WINNIPEG JETS

Stanley Cup: 66/1

Eastern Conference: 33/1

Southeast Division: 9/1

50½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 9/2 (Yes), 2/13 (No)

Last season: 84 points, missed playoffs

49 points (to match)

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Stanley Cup: 45/1

Western Conference: 20/1

Pacific Division: 8/1

53½ points:  20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 5/7 (Yes), 11/10 (No)

Last season: 80 points, missed playoffs

47 points (to match)

 

CALGARY FLAMES

Stanley Cup: 50/1

Western Conference: 25/1

Northwest Division: 12/1

50½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 13/4 (Yes), 2/9 (No)

Last season: 90 points, missed playoffs

53 points (to match)

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Stanley Cup: 14/1

Western Conference: 13/2

Central Division: 3/2

57½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 101 points, No. 6 seed

59 points (to match)

 

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Stanley Cup: 50/1

Western Conference: 25/1

Northwest Division: 12/1

52½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 13/4 (Yes), 2/9 (No)

Last season: 88 points, missed playoffs

52 points (to match)

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Stanley Cup: 100/1

Western Conference: 60/1

Central Division: 20/1

47½ points: 20/21 (over), 4/5 (under)

Playoffs: 19/4 (Yes), 1/7 (No)

Last Season: 65 points, missed playoffs

38 points (to match)

 

DALLAS STARS

Stanley Cup: 40/1

Western Conference: 20/1

Pacific Division: 8/1

52 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 7/2 (Yes), 1/5 (No)

Last season: 89 points, missed playoffs

52 points (to match)

 

DETROIT RED WINGS

Stanley Cup: 18/1

Western Conference: 8/1

Central Division: 3/1

56½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 10/29 (Yes), 23/10 (No)

Last season: 102 points, No. 5 seed

60 points (to match)

 

EDMONTON OILERS

Stanley Cup: 18/1

Western Conference: 9/1

Northwest Division: 3/1

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 4/5 (Yes), No (20/21)

Last season: 74 points, missed playoffs

43 points (to match)

 

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Stanley Cup: 12/1

Western Conference: 13/2

Pacific Division: 4/5

58½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/9 (Yes), 11/2 (No)

Last season: 95 points, No. 8 seed

55 points (to match)

 

MINNESOTA WILD

Stanley Cup: 18/1

Western Conference: 9/1

Northwest Division: 3/1

54½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/53 (Yes), 41/20 (No)

Last season: 81 points, missed playoffs

47 points (to match)

 

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Stanley Cup: 33/1

Western Conference: 16/1

Central Division: 11/2

53 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/33 (Yes), 27/20 (No)

Last season: 104 points, No. 4 seed

61 points (to match)

 

PHOENIX COYOTES

Stanley Cup: 45/1

Western Conference: 22/1

Pacific Division: 8/1

50½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 12/5 (Yes), 1/3 (No)

Last season: 97 points, No. 3 seed

57 points (to match)

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Stanley Cup: 20/1

Western Conference: 11/1

Pacific Division: 11/4

54 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/33 (Yes), 27/20 (No)

Last season: 96 points, No. 7 seed

56 points (to match)

 

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Stanley Cup: 16/1

Western Conference: 7/1

Central Division: 9/4

57½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 109 points, No. 2 seed

64 points (to match)

 

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Stanley Cup: 10/1

Western Conference: 9/2

Northwest Division: 1/1

58½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/12 (Yes), 13/2 (No)

Last season: 111 points, No. 1 seed

65 points (to match)