The National Hockey League started play on January 13. It took less than two weeks for the NHL to run into a coronavirus positive wall. But like what the NFL did during their regular season, the league appears to have weathered the storm. Check out more pandemic related information and other news in our National Hockey League update so you can keep betting against their NHL odds.
NHL COVID-19 Update – January 28th Edition
2020-2021 NHL Season
- When: January 13, 2021 – TBD 2021
NHL 2021 Stanley Cup Odds
- Colorado Avalanche +600
- Tampa Bay Lightning +750
- Vegas Golden Knights +750
- Boston Bruins +1200
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1000
- Philadelphia Flyers +1400
- Washington Capitals +1800
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1600
- Dallas Stars +1700
- St. Louis Blues 1800
- Vancouver Canucks +2400
- Edmonton Oilers +2000
- New York Rangers +1800
- Carolina Hurricanes +1800
- New York Islanders +2200
- Calgary Flames +3000
- Nashville Predators +3500
- Winnipeg Jets +3300
- Arizona Coyotes +5000
- Columbus Blue Jackets +3500
- Florida Panthers +4000
- Minnesota Wild +5000
- New Jersey Devils +6000
- Montreal Canadiens +2000
- San Jose Sharks +5000
- Anaheim Ducks +7000
- Buffalo Sabres +4000
- Chicago Blackhawks +6600
- Los Angeles Kings +7500
- Ottawa Senators +8000
- Detroit Red Wings +12500
NHL COVID-19 updates
The Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, and Carolina Hurricanes were hit hardest by the league’s coronavirus protocols. We’ll start with Dallas because the Stars are the easiest case.
Dallas postponed their first four games. The Stars didn’t hit the ice until last Friday, January 22. Maybe the late start to the season helped the Stars because, so far, Dallas is undefeated after 3 games.
Carolina had to postpone 4 games. No word yet on whether the Hurricanes can get back onto the ice on January 28 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. If so, it will be Carolina’s first game since a 4-2 victory against Nashville on January 18.
Washington hasn’t postponed any matches. But four players, including three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin, must sit out four games. Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Caps’ top center, starting goaltender Ilya Samsanov and Dimitry Orlov are the three other players that must sit out games.
Jets, Canadiens, and Leafs within 2 points of each other atop All-Canadian division
So far, the most competitive division after the realignment is the NHL North. Also known as the All-Canadian Division, three teams are within 2 points of each other atop the standings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have 12 points, the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets each have 10. The awesome play from most teams in the North have led some to call for an All-Canadian Division after the 2021 season.
In a lot of ways it makes sense. Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa are geographical rivals. Keeping the division as is could help develop stronger rivalries and that could be a good thing for the league.
As far as Stanley Cup odds, Toronto started the season one of the favorites to win the title. Montreal was the biggest odds mover from the end of the 2020 Stanley Cup to the beginning of the season. Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg all offer fair odds to win the championship.
Who knows? The pandemic may have forced a change that could make the NHL more exciting than it’s ever been.
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