NHL: Thursday Night Hockey
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BY JEFF ANGUS

A busy Thursday night of NHL action sees the puck dropped on 11 games across the league. The Maple Leafs will be getting goaltender James Reimer back from the injured reserve. Pittsburgh remains without star center Evgeni Malkin (concussion), but he is making progress towards a return.

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision in Los Angeles last night, and they travelled north after the game to San Jose, where they will face the Sharks tonight. And in Big D, Kari Lehtonen returns to the Dallas […]


NHL: Five Teams That Fans Love To Hate
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BY JEFF ANGUS

There are a lot of reasons to dislike an NHL team – it could be because the team is a close rival of your favourite team. It could be that team is a very successful franchise and beats up on your team with consistency. That team’s roster may feature a player or two (or three) that you dislike. Whatever the reason, we all love to hate certain NHL franchises for a number of reasons. Here are five of the most hated teams in hockey (and in a […]


NHL: Friday Five for 15 February
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BY JEFF ANGUS

In today’s instalment of the Friday Five, I take a look at the Ryan O’Reilly holdout in Colorado, Alexander Semin’s impact in Carolina, the return of Ryan Kesler, and more.

5. COLORADO MISSES RYAN O’REILLY
Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers (-162, 5)
It appears as if O’Reilly’s days as a member of the Colorado organization are over. The club and O’Reilly have been unable to close the gap in terms of expected salary – O’Reilly wants a contract with an annual cap hit in the […]


NHL: Games to Watch on 23 January
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BY JEFF ANGUS

There are four games in the NHL tonight, and the Leafs, Canucks, and Flames are all in action. Vancouver and Calgary are looking for their first wins of the season, while the Leafs are looking to get back on track in Pittsburgh, which is a tall task against a deep and talented Penguins squad. Out in the desert, the gritty Blue Jackets hope to continue their strong start against a Coyotes squad that has struggled at keeping the puck out of the net. Let’s break down each […]


NHL: Who Will Win The Stanley Cup?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Which NHL team will hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2012-13? Do the Los Angeles Kings have the right ingredients for a repeat? Does a healthy Sidney Crosby lead the Penguins all the way? Do the Canucks finally break through? How about the New York Rangers – is star winger Rick Nash the missing ingredient?

THE FAVOURITES
New York Rangers (+850 to Win the Stanley Cup)
WHY?
The Rangers are absolutely stacked at forward, they boast a solid defensive group, and Henrik Lundqvist is far […]


NHL: Who Will Be The Division Champions in the Eastern Conference?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

We looked at the Western Conference, now let’s take a look at the favourites – and a sleeper team to watch for – in the three divisions that make up the NHL’s Eastern Conference: the Southeast, the Atlantic, and the Northeast.

SOUTEAST DIVISION
THE FAVOURITE: Carolina Hurricanes (+260 to Win the Southeast Division)
Perhaps no NHL team did more to upgrade its roster since the 2011-12 season concluded than the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina acquired two-way center Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh, reuniting him with older brother […]


NHL: The Four Biggest Questions In The Eastern Conference
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday we covered the Four Biggest Questions in the Western Conference, and today we turn our sights East, and there sure is a lot to look at: The Carolina Hurricanes made some major waves last summer with a few big acquisitions. And not to be outdone, the New York Rangers may have stole the show with their trade for Rick Nash. And the Canadian teams continue to retool in hopes of a playoff run.

4. Will anyone other than Crosby or Malkin win the Art Ross? (Crosby to […]


NHL: 2012 Year In Review
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BY JEFF ANGUS

2012 was a year of turmoil for the NHL, and in turn the sport of hockey as well. The Los Angeles Kings peaked at the right time, dominating their Western Conference foes from Vancouver, St. Louis, and Phoenix en route to capturing their first Stanley Cup in team history (a six game defeat of the New Jersey Devils). Sidney Crosby made his second triumphant return from a concussion, and his Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin once again showed why he is arguably the best hockey player on the […]


NHL: Minnesota’s Odds To Win Stanley Cup Go Wild
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The Minnesota Wild sent shock waves through the NHL on Wednesday with the the dual signing of free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to mammoth contracts – an impact that will be felt both on and off the ice.

Minnesota’s dual acquisitions have moved its Stanley Cup futures odds to 23-1 on PlayNow Sports. The Wild’s odds are now better than Suter’s old team, Nashville Predators (29-1), and equal to that of Parise’s former team and defending Easter Conference Champions New Jersey Devils (23-1).

The deal gives Minnesota a […]


NHL: 2011-12 Season Wrap – Kings Win Cup, Devils Win for Bettors
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Los Angeles Kings fans may be celebrating a Stanley Cup victory, but Devils fans probably had a more successful betting season based on their team’s surprise success.

The Devils were the top moneyline team in the NHL for 2011-12, going 48-28-2-4 which translated into 20.25 units for moneyline bettors. New Jersey made a good chunk of those winnings on the road, going 24-15-0-2 away from the Garden State.

The Devils weren’t the only team making good with hockey bettors this season. Here’s a look back at the […]