2017-18 NHL Season – Fire On Ice!

In the early summer Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins collected their 2nd straight Stanley Cup Championship beating the Nashville Predators 4 games to 2. So here I sit in Wisconsin writing this article and it was almost 90 degrees for 3 straight days last weekend. How can the NHL season be getting underway! It is true. October is almost here, the MLB Playoffs are about to get underway and the NHL drops the puck for real next Wednesday, October 4th. So the question is can the Pens make it three straight? The last time that happened was when Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Billy Smith helped the Islanders put together 4 in a row. back in 1980-1983. Not even the Great One, Wayne Gretzky (4 in 5 years, but never 3 in a row) or Super Mario, Mario Lemieux (2 in a row) could get the hat trick! There are some great young stars that are really starting to emerge and could really pressure the Pens. Connor McDavid and his Edmonton Oilers and Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs will bring plenty of talent from North of the Border. While Pens major rival, the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin will again battle for the top prize. So lets take a look at the odds for the upcoming season.

ODDS TO WIN THE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Pittsburgh Penguins +875
Edmonton Oilers +975
Washington Capitals +1125
Tampa Bay Lightning +1125
Chicago Blackhawks +1400
New York Rangers +1450
Anaheim Ducks +1500
Dallas Stars +1550
Nashville Predators +1550
Montreal Canadiens +1650
Toronto Maple Leafs +1650
Minnesota Wild +1850
San Jose Sharks +2200
Los Angeles Kings +2200
Columbus Blue Jackets +2500
Boston Bruins +3000
Calgary Flames +3000
St Louis Blues +3000
Ottawa Senators +3300
Philadelphia Flyers +4000
New York Islanders +4000
Florida Panthers +4000
Winnipeg Jets +4500
Buffalo Sabres +5750
Carolina Hurricanes +6600
Arizona Coyotes +10000
New Jersey Devils +12000
Detroit Red Wings +15000
Colorado Avalanche +20000
Vancouver Canucks +20000
Vegas Golden Knights +20000

ODDS TO WIN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
Pittsburgh Penguins +475
Tampa Bay Lightning +600
Washington Capitals +600
New York Rangers +825
Montreal Canadiens +875
Toronto Maple Leafs +875
Columbus Blue Jackets +1400
Boston Bruins +1650
Ottawa Senators +1825
Philadelphia Flyers +2250
Florida Panthers +2250
New York Islanders +2250
Buffalo Sabres +3200
Carolina Hurricanes +3650
New Jersey Devils +8000
Detroit Red Wings +10000

ODDS TO WIN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE
Edmonton Oilers +500
Dallas Stars +650
Chicago Blackhawks +675
Anaheim Ducks +710
Nashville Predators +725
Minnesota Wild +850
San Jose Sharks +1050
Los Angeles Kings +1100
St Louis Blues +1425
Calgary Flames +1425
Winnipeg Jets +2900
Vancouver Canucks +9250
Vegas Golden Knights +9250
Colorado Avalanche +9250
Arizona Coyotes +9500

ODDS TO WIN THE ATLANTIC DIVISION
Tampa Bay Lightning +243
Montreal Canadiens +315
Toronto Maple Leafs +385
Boston Bruins +620
Ottawa Senators +800
Buffalo Sabres +1525
Florida Panthers +1875
Detroit Red Wings +5400

ODDS TO WIN THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Pittsburgh Penguins +193
Washington Capitals +285
Columbus Blue Jackets +570
New York Rangers +600
Carolina Hurricanes +1450
Philadelphia Flyers +1775
New York Islanders +2100
New Jersey Devils +7000

ODDS TO WIN THE CENTRAL DIVISION
Chicago Blackhawks +305
Dallas Stars +320
Nashville Predators +365
Minnesota Wild +410
St Louis Blues +570
Winnipeg Jets +1325
Colorado Avalanche +8000

ODDS TO WIN THE PACIFIC DIVISION
Edmonton Oilers +218
Anaheim Ducks +255
San Jose Sharks +490
Calgary Flames +545
Los Angeles Kings +800
Arizona Coyotes +6500
Vancouver Canucks +13500
Vegas Golden Knights +20000

So there are your odds. As we have seen for years and years in the NHL the only real prize is to take home the Cup! So often we see the top regular season teams go out quickly in the playoffs while a Wildcard team, like the Stanley Cup Runner-Up Nashville Predators last year, get hot at the right time. The key in the NHL is to position yourself to make the playoffs, be healthy and then get hot! So who will be the team this year? What do you think? Can Sid and the Pens do it again? We would love to hear what you have to say. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Razor Sharp Guaranteed $15 Daily Power Play! Last year we finished 113-102 and the year before 120-100! So don’t miss the NHL action plus of course all of the NFL and College Football along with MLB Playoff action! Get it all at http://www.freeplays.com/handicapper.asp?serviceID=8010 . Good Luck!

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