As we head into the final month of the regular season, one thing is for sure, the NHL won’t shutdown and then restart. Even though COVID has impacted the season, it hasn’t to the point where the National Hockey League has had to consider going to a two-city hub format like what happened in 2020. Check out the latest hockey news in our NHL update so you can continue betting against their NHL odds.
NHL COVID-19 Update – March 29th Edition
2020-2021 NHL Season
- When: January 13, 2021 – TBD 2021
NHL 2021 Stanley Cup Odds
- Colorado Avalanche +550
- Tampa Bay Lightning +550
- Vegas Golden Knights +550
- Boston Bruins +1600
- Toronto Maple Leafs +750
- Philadelphia Flyers +4500
- Washington Capitals +1100
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1800
- Dallas Stars +6000
- St. Louis Blues +3500
- Vancouver Canucks +9000
- Edmonton Oilers +1700
- New York Rangers +5500
- Carolina Hurricanes +900
- New York Islanders +1400
- Calgary Flames +4500
- Nashville Predators +5500
- Winnipeg Jets +1700
- Arizona Coyotes +4500
- Columbus Blue Jackets +7500
- Florida Panthers +1600
- Minnesota Wild +1600
- New Jersey Devils +40000
- Montreal Canadiens +2500
- San Jose Sharks +20000
- Anaheim Ducks +75000
- Buffalo Sabres +400000
- Chicago Blackhawks +6600
- Los Angeles Kings +7500
- Ottawa Senators +200000
- Detroit Red Wings +250000
Canadiens trade for Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres, Panthers lose Ekblad to injury
Eric Staal’s time with the Buffalo Sabres is over. During the offseason, Staal went to Buffalo from the Minnesota Wild. The star center never fit in with Buffalo, scoring 3 goals and grabbing 7 assists in 32 games.
Although he was a bust with the Sabres, he could succeed with Montreal. Buffalo is in last-place. As of March 28, Montreal has 37 points and is in fourth place in the North Division.
The Canadiens could use another goal producer. Who knows? Maybe, the change of scenery will boost Staal’s game.
While Montreal got better, Florida got worse. On Sunday, the Panthers’ best defenseman, Aaron Ekblad, went down with a leg injury. The injury is bad. Those tending to Ekblad put an Aircast on the leg.
Without Ekblad, Florida will struggle to catch the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Central. But Florida has a big 11-point lead over Nashville and Chicago in the division. Even without Ekblad, the Panthers should make the playoffs.
Bruins back on ice, Canadiens’ games postponed
Boston got back onto the ice last Wednesday. Since resuming play, the Bruins haven’t shown their best form, falling to the Islanders 4-3 in overtime, beating Buffalo 3-2 on March 27, and losing 0-1 to the New Jersey Devils on March 28.
The Bruins have fallen to fourth place in the East Division. They’re 3 points ahead of Philadelphia and 5 points ahead of the New York Rangers. The Bruins must pick it up in the final month to ensure they secure a playoff spot.
Montreal had their games postponed last Tuesday through Sunday. The postponements will last until March 30 when the Canadiens are scheduled to battle the Edmonton Oilers. Montreal versus Edmonton is a huge game.
The Canadiens have 37 points while the Oilers have 43. Edmonton is in third place. Montreal is in fourth place.
Lightning and Hurricanes, Caps and Islanders, Maple Leafs and Jets, and Golden Knights and Avs lead NHL’s four divisions
The odds to win the Stanley Cup reflect which teams lead which divisions. Only the Winnipeg Jets at +2500 aren’t getting the respect other first or second place division leaders are getting.
Now is the time to make your Stanley Cup pick. Odds will dramatically change in April once teams fall out of contention.
If you like the Lightning to repeat, as an example, +550 is the best you’re going to get. So jump on the best odds while you can.
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