The Pittsburgh Penguins are surging. The Philadelphia Flyers, however, are treading water right now in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Battle of Pennsylvania resumes as the Penguins face the Flyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lightning had a sluggish start this season—at least by its standards—but has since turned it around and now looks every bit like the team everyone expected to see from the beginning.
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.
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.
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.