If you NHL betting on the playoffs last year then you know that the Vancouver Canucks where nowhere to be found. In fact last season marked the second time in the last three years that the Canucks were eliminated from playoff contention. Willie Dejardins’ first year as head coach (2014 – 2015 season) saw the Canucks make it to the first round of the playoffs, but they still lost the series to the Calgary Flames 4 – 2. Dejardins was brought in to replace John Tortorella who proved to be too much to handle in only one season.
If you like NHL betting on the playoffs last season the Colorado Avalanche was one name you did not hear. The Avalanche may hold a handful of NHL records for finding early success after relocation, but lately Colorado hasn’t been able to find much of anything. In 1996 after the team relocated from Quebec to Denver the Avalanche was able to not only win the Pacific Division, but also the Stanley Cup Finals by sweeping the Florida Panthers. During their first ten years at Denver the franchise won 9 division titles and made the playoffs each year.
Sportsbook users who bet on NHL futures know just how important the free agency period can be for an NHL club. It’s not uncommon for a mediocre team to snag the right pieces during free agency and then make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup. It’s important for franchises to be able to have progressive off seasons, and a big part of that is the ability to asses needs and fill them during free agency. Equally as important is the ability to measure and grade a team’s offseason moves. Doing so will result in better and more insightful wagers for your bet on NHL games. With that in mind let’s take a look at all the signings during this year’s free agency.
The Florida Panthers’ NHL betting odds to win the 2016-2017 Stanley Cup currently stand at +1825, giving them about the best 10th odds to go all the way. And while the Tampa Bay Lightning have better odds (+1325), the Panthers are not going to let their neighbors get the upper hand just like that. The Panthers have redesigned their logo and uniform set, and while outwardly appearances do not win championships, that is just an indication of things to come. Florida won the Atlantic Division last season with a franchise record of 103 points. However, there is always room for improvement, especially if fans who bet on hockey consider that lost to the New York Islanders 4-2 in the first round of the playoffs.
The San Jose Sharks have lost the first two games of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to the Pittsburg Penguins, but according to SBG Global sportsbook odds, the former are due for victory in game 3 of the series: