NHL: The Biggest Surprises of 2013 So Far
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Many expected that the 2013 NHL season would bring about a lot of crazy and interesting news stories. Because the season is only 48 games long, the chances that luck or randomness factor in to the performance of a player or a team are a lot better than during a typical 82 game season.

Looking at the current scoring race, there aren’t really any surprise names at the top of the list. The top three scorers are arguably the top three players in hockey – Steven Stamkos, […]


NHL: Over/Under – Five Overperforming Teams
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday, we took a look at five NHL teams underperforming relative to talent/expectations – Washington, Detroit, St. Louis, New York Rangers, and the Stanley Cup champs from Los Angeles.

Today, we will do the same type of analysis, but on five NHL teams that are overperforming relative to talent/expectations.

Anaheim Ducks (9-2-1, 2nd overall in the NHL)
Anaheim Ducks to Win Stanley Cup +1700
Unless a friend or family member of yours plays for the Ducks, I doubt you would have expected them to be […]


NHL: The Friday Five for 8 February
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BY JEFF ANGUS

In today’s instalment of the Friday Five, I take a look at the dominant Chicago Blackhawks, the surprising Anaheim Ducks, whether Ryan Nugent Hopkins needs to worry about a recurring shoulder injury, and more.

5. BLACKHAWKS MAKING IT LOOK EASY
Chicago Blackhawks to win Western Conference +280
The Chicago Blackhawks continue to be the class of the NHL. They are getting solid goaltending from both Corey Crawford and Ray Emery. Their defense is a great balance of skill, mobility, and size/toughness. And up front, they […]


NHL: The Changing Odds To Win The Stanley Cup
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Although the NHL season is less than a week old, we have gotten a decent look at all 30 clubs. There have been surprises, disappointments, dominant performances, and teams that have left us wanting more. The to win Stanley Cup odds are always changing, and over the past week the odds have changed significantly for many NHL clubs. At this moment in time, which four teams represent the best value to win the Stanley Cup in 2013?

THE LONG SHOT
Anaheim Ducks (+4500 to Win the Stanley […]