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.
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.