With football season in full swing and the Major League Baseball playoffs getting ready to begin, the National Hockey League has been flying a bit under the radar of sports bettors. But the season is going to be starting on Tuesday and there is still time to get in several decent wagers before they drop the puck.
Not many sportsbooks offer season point totals for the NHL, but Bovada not only allows you to wager over or under the amount of points each team will accumulate, you can also wager if a team makes the playoffs or not.
There are several wagers that stand out:
Calgary Flames under 73.5 points: The Flames are a team in transition and expect them to really struggle over stretches of time during the season. Their goalie tandem of Karri Ramo and Joey McDonald is not going to strike fear into many opponents and the new Pacific Division features some tough foes in Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Vancouver, along with an ever-improving Edmonton team and a Phoenix squad that should be better than expected, now that they have their ownership situation settled.
Buffalo Sabres under 83.5: The Sabres still get some recognition due to the play of Ryan Miller in the 2010 Olympics, but that was nearly four years ago and Miller hasn’t come close to replicating the season he had then. Making matters worse is that he doesn’t have much help and he can’t score goals and stop them at the same time.
If the Sabres are out of it at the trade deadline, don’t be surprised to see Miller and Thomas Vanek both moved for picks and prospects, making it more difficult for them to reach 83.5 points.
New Jersey Devils over 80.5: Perhaps the best bet on the board is for New Jersey to rebound after last year’s disappointment. Many people forget the Devils had one of the top records in the league until Martin Brodeur was injured and Johan Hedberg was dismal as his replacement. The Devils took care of the goalie department with their trade for Cory Schneider, who should see plenty of time in the nets.
The losses of Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson won’t hurt as much as many people believe, as the Devils added some solid pieces in Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr, Damien Brunner and possibly Ryan Clowe, whose concussion problems are a bit worrisome, but the Devils doctors know better than I. Ryder, Jagr and Brunner each scored more goals than Kovalchuk last season.
As an added bonus, Bovada has the Devils at +240 to make the playoffs and they are definitely worth a small stab at that attractive of a price.
San Jose over 94.5: Yes, the Sharks are in a tough conference, but this team has plenty of talent and is always strong in the regular season. The playoffs are usually a different story, as the team is seemingly built for the regular season. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle are all in contract years, so look for the veterans to pick up their game a notch in seek of that last big payday.
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