The sportsbooks are primed for another season of professional hockey now that the NHL season has officially begun. One team that critics and fans alike are excited to watch compete this season is the Boston Bruins. Last season, the Bruins finished with a 42-31-9 record which ranked them 4th in the Atlantic Division. While it was a slight improvement from the previous year, Boston failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive year. However, after a solid offseason, the Bruins showed a lot of promise in their 2016-17 debut by overcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3. Will the Bruins be able to continue their early success in their game against the Winnipeg Jets?
In the immortal words of Tim Meadows, “game on at last, game on at last, thank God almighty, game on at last!” Now, if we could only skip the entire regular season and go straight to the playoffs. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until June of next year to find out who will win the Stanley Cup. In the meantime, NHL betting odds can give fans who bet on hockey an insight into which teams are expected and projected to go the distance this season, of course including the current, reigning, defending champions the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Odds to win 2016-2017 Stanley Cup
As the NHL season began, the Chicago Blackhawks seemed like one of the best picks for fans’ bet on NHL futures. Especially when considering they were facing some of the best odds out of all 30 teams. The Blackhawks had a chance to open the season with a strong showing and show the nation that they are more than worthy of being one of this year’s favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Unfortunately for those who had high hopes for Chicago, the Blackhawks were unable to win their 2016-17 debut.
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.