The Chicago Blackhawks will honor themselves and their fans on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 when they raise another Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at United Center. The Hawks will host the Eastern Conference favorites, according to Bovada Online Sportsbook, the New York Rangers in their home opener of the 2015-16 season. WagerTalk previews the Odds to Win the 2016 NHL Western Conference: Chicago Blackhawks Chalk.
The NHL recently, late in June, the home openers for each team as well as each organizations full schedule for the upcoming season. READ MORE HERE
Most offshore and online sportsbooks have made the Chicago Blackhawks (+325) the overwhelming favorites to earn a spot in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. The Hawks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning in six games to win Lord Stanley’s Cup for the third time in six seasons this past spring.
NHL NEWS AND NOTES
– Oddsmakers still don’t give the Edmonton Oilers (+1600) much of a chance to find their way to the Stanley Cup Finals but the organization should still feel fortunate according to NHL.com. “In April, the Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery for the fourth time in six years. The prize was Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who is considered the best player to enter the League since Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby a decade ago. Edmonton, with an 11.5 percent chance, won the lottery after finishing 28th in the NHL standings. Shortly after NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly revealed the result, major changes took place in the Oilers organization.”
-John Kreiser of NHL.com wrote “It’s been a bleak stretch for the Carolina Hurricanes, one of two teams that have not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the 2010s. Carolina has advanced to the postseason twice in the past 10 seasons; 2006, when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup (defeating the Edmonton Oilers in their last playoff appearance), and 2009, when it reached the Eastern Conference Final. Carolina finished last in the Metropolitan Division in 2014-15 with 71 points; the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes were largely doomed by an 0-6-2 start. Most of their problems came on offense: The Hurricanes were 27th in the NHL with 183 goals; center Eric Staal was the only Carolina player to score more than 20 goals and finish with more than 50 points (23, 54).”
– The Canucks sign Brandon Sutter to five-year extension according to NHL.com. Forward Brandon Sutter on Tuesday signed a five-year, $21.875 million contract extension with the team. The contract has an average annual value of $4.375 million and runs through the 2020-21 NHL season.
– Johansson poised to play larger role with Capitals according to Katie Brown of NHL.com. “Expectations for Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson will be high this season. On Friday, an arbitrator awarded him a one-year, $3.75 million contract. Johansson, taken by Washington with the 24th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, scored a career-high 20 goals and 47 points last season.”
“It’s going to be more competitive on the team this year, with a deeper top six, and you’re going to have to play well and compete hard to keep your job just like everyone else,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday when speaking with NHL.com. “Hopefully it’s a competitive environment and the whole team will benefit from it.”
ODDS TO WIN THE 2016 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE
The Odds to Win the 2016 NHL Eastern Conference provided by Bovada Online Sportsbook
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