Category Hockey Predictions

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Betting Odds

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It’s still only been a couple months since the LA Kings defeated the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals, but there has been a lot of action in the NHL since then.  The NHL Draft kicked things off with some new young faces going to each NHL franchise, with some of these players likely to make an immediate impact.  The Draft and the rest of the summer also featured some big name trades and high profile UFA’s changing teams.  Overall the league has gone through the majority of it’s summer shake up and we now have the information to start making predictions for the season.

The biggest prediction is of course which team will win the Stanley Cup.  I’ve taken a screenshot of the Bodog Sportsbook’s Cup Winner odds so you can get a picture of how the bookies stack up the teams...

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NHL Draft Predictions 2014

NHL Draft 2014

The 2014 NHL Draft takes place this coming Friday and Saturday, with the first round taking place Friday evening and the remaining rounds finishing up on Saturday in Philadelphia.  The NHL Draft is always a very interesting couple days, not just because of the new faces that are entering the NHL, but also because all of the NHL’s General Managers are in the same place and this will surely result in plenty of deals.  Here are some of my predictions for this coming Friday and Saturday, which you can catch on TSN!

Prediction #1 – Aaron Ekblad Goes #1

This isn’t a very bold prediction as most experts mock drafts have Ekblad going #1.  The three I just looked at from NHL.com each have Ekblad being taken first overall...

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Stanley Cup Picks With 20 Games Left

NHL Stanley Cup WinnerI haven’t been able to post much lately, but with the trade deadline having passed I was curious about how the odds have changed for the Stanley Cup Winner since I made the 50 games remaining Stanley Cup post in December.  The answer is quite a bit actually.  The seven teams that I feel have a legitimate shot at raising Lord Stanleys Mug this year are still the 7 main favourites and rightfully so, but some teams that were just behind these guys **cough cough Vancouver have dropped completely, while the seven have also shuffled up a bit.

Here are the odds from Bodog.eu with their 50 games remaining odds in parentheses:

  • St. Louis Blues 5/1 (8/1)
  • Chicago Blackhawks 13/2 (7/1)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 13/2 (13/2)
  • Anaheim Ducks 15/2 (12/1)
  • Boston Bruins 15/2 (8/1)
  • San Jose Sharks 9/1 (9/1)
  • LA Kin...
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NHL Division Winner Betting Prediction at Christmas

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It’s just about Christmas time and that means that around 35 games have been played by each NHL team.  This is a large enough sample size to have a good picture of each team in the NHL and their abilities moving forward in the season.  Yes, some teams will have overachieved to this point, while others have the potential to improve, but by this point you should be able to figure out which team is which and make a more educated prediction for which team will win each division.

Speaking of the divisions, this year there are only four divisions, down from 6 last year.  There are 8 teams per division in the East and 6 teams per division in the West...

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Very Early 2013-14 NHL Stanley Cup Odds and Prediction

NHL LogoThe Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last night in dramatic fashion late in the third period, and without even giving them time to celebrate many sportsbooks already have the odds up for the 2013-14 Champion.  First off I want to say congratulations to the Blackhawks, I really feel they deserved to hoist the Cup this year after the season they had and their solid playoff run.  But yes it’s already time to look towards next year!

Wait!  First let’s check back at my Division Winners post at the beginning of the season to see how I did.

  • Atlantic Division – Pittsburgh Penguins +165 – CORRECT
  • Central Division – St. Louis Blues +180 – WRONG
  • Northeast Division – Boston Bruins -130 – WRONG
  • Northwest Division – Vancouver Canucks -125 – CORRECT
  • Pacific Division – San Jose Sharks +215 – WRO...
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NHL 2013 Division Winners Predictions

I was just looking at 5Dimes.eu and noticed that there are NHL futures odds up for which team will win each division in this shortened season.  I think I have a pretty good idea of which team will end up atop each division so I decided to write up this quick post outlining my predictions.  I’ll look back at it come playoff time to see just how right I was (and how much money I would have made).  There is another post like this at NHL Betting Tips if you want a second opinion.

Atlantic Division

  • New York Rangers +120
  • Pittsburgh Penguins +165
  • Philadelphia Flyers +330
  • New Jersey Devils +730
  • New York Islanders +3300

I like the Penguins here.  They are healthy at the moment and if Crosby and Malkin can each play a full season the division is really there’s to lose...

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Syracuse Crunch to win 2012-13 Calder Cup

There hasn’t been much progress towards an NHL season over the past couple weeks and for this reason I have turned my attention towards the AHL to see how the NHL’s farm teams are doing and check out some up and coming players.  The big story is Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins playing in the AHL for the Oklahoma Barons, but to this point in the season they haven’t been took effective and the team only has 4 wins in 3 games.  That being said Taylor Hall hasn’t suited up for a game yet, but should be ready soon.  The real story on Oklahoma is Justin Schultz who is currently leading the AHL in scoring with 12 points as a defenseman...

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2012-13 NHL Eastern Conference Standings Prediction

The NHL is currently in lockout mode and the preseason has been cancelled, but there is still some hope lingering that the season can start on time or at least a portion of the season will occur this year.  The worst thing that can possibly happen is for the league to lose another entire season with the last lockout still pretty fresh in every NHL fans mind.  Even with the uncertainty of the season I decided to go ahead and make my Eastern Conference 2012-13 standings prediction.  So here goes.  These are my predictions regardless of the amount of games played in the NHL this season.  Of course the more games in the season, the larger the sample size, which would take out some of the chance as to which teams make the playoffs, but these are my predictions as of right now:

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Top NHL Fantasy Picks for 2012-13 Season

My buddies and I are getting geared up for our annual NFL fantasy league so I have been doing a bit of research on players and making decisions as to who I’m going to take with my first pick this year.  The obvious choice would Evgeni Malkin after his amazing season last year, with Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux as close runner ups.  That said, if you are in a league where positions matter these may not be your top picks.  For this reason this post I’m going to predict who the top fantasy player for the season will be at each position in the NHL (I go by NHL.com for positions).

Center

Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos are the obvious choices based on last seasons production, but then you also have to include Henrik Sedin, Jason Spezza, John Tavares and of course Sidney Crosby in the di...

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Will The Kings Sweep The Devils?

LA is up 2 games to 0 in this series after winning both of their road games to open the Stanley Cup Finals.  That makes it 4 series in a row where the LA Kings won the first two games of the series on the road.  In fact they are 10-0 on the road in these playoffs after those overtime victories in New Jersey.  Now the question is whether or not the Kings will be able to win a couple of games at home and sweep the Devils to win the Stanley Cup in dominant style and become the lowest seed to ever win the Cup.

The Kings have gone up 3-0 in all 3 of their previous series’ in these Stanley Cup Playoffs and have swept 1 of those series, while winning the other two on the road in 5 games...

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