Red-hot Lightning favored in Stanley Cup odds

In this edition of BetAmerica’s Stanley Cup odds update, we’ll delve into the recent run of exceptional play by the Tampa Bay Lightning, then get to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have also taken a noticeable drop in odds lately. Is either club worth a futures wager at this point in time?

Golden Knights fire Gallant despite 6th-best Stanley Cup odds

The Vegas Golden Knights have surprised the hockey world before. They did it again Wednesday, when they fired Gerard Gallant, the coach who only two years ago took the expansion club to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in its first season.

NHL free picks: Flames vs. Maple Leafs, Lightning vs. Wild

The red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning will look for another win against the struggling Minnesota Wild on national television Thursday night. Also on the docket is an intriguing matchup between the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs, which offers a solid wager in the totals market.

NHL free picks: Blackhawks vs. Canadiens, Flyers vs. Blues

The Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues will engage in an intriguing prime-time matchup Wednesday night, but not before the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens renew their Original Six rivalry earlier in the evening. Here are betting previews for both contests.

NHL free picks: Devils vs. Rangers, Oilers vs. Canadiens

The NHL is in full swing Thursday night, with 11 games on the docket. Here are betting previews for a tri-state area showdown between the Devils and Rangers and an all-Canada battle between the Oilers and Canadiens.

NHL free picks: Capitals vs. Flyers, Stars vs. Kings

Hockey handicappers and fans will be treated to a prime-time doubleheader Wednesday night. First, two of the East's elite will square off at Wells Fargo Arena, as the Capitals visit the Flyers. Then the Stars will look to build on their four-game win streak against the woeful Kings in the late-night window.

Can the Penguins stay in Stanley Cup contention despite injuries?

Despite the injury bug, the Penguins have managed to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference. They are second in the Metropolitan Division, with a 25-12-5 record and seven wins in their last 10 games.

Stanley Cup odds update: Time to take the Canucks seriously?

The NHL's Pacific Division has been up for grabs since the Edmonton Oilers collapsed after a red hot start. The Arizona Coyotes have seen their odds decrease despite some mediocre play in December, while the Vancouver Canucks are on fire, but are not being taken seriously by oddsmakers.

NHL free picks: Devils vs. Islanders and Blues vs. Avalanche

The first Thursday of the year features an NHL prime-time doubleheader. The Devils and Islanders will battle it out in the early window, while the Blues take on the Avalanche in the nightcap.

NHL picks: Avalanche vs. Blackhawks and Oilers vs. Blues

The Avalanche and Blackhawks will be featured on national TV when they meet Wednesday night at the United Center. We’ll handicap this Central Division showdown, as well as an intriguing Blues-Oilers matchup.