Just like the NBA and NFL, news doesn’t stop when the National Hockey League heads to the offseason. Last week, the favorite to win the Cup became an even stronger favorite. Their top rival remains solid while the defending champs are third on Stanley Cup odds. Check out hockey news from this past week so you can prepare your bets against their NHL odds for the upcoming season!
NHL COVID-19 Update – October 27th Edition
2020-2021 NHL Season
- When: December 1, 2020 – TBD 2021
NHL Stanley Cup Odds
- Colorado Avalanche +550
- Tampa Bay Lightning +800
- Vegas Golden Knights +650
- Boston Bruins +1100
- Toronto Maple Leafs +1000
- Philadelphia Flyers +1500
- Washington Capitals +1800
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1700
- Dallas Stars +2000
- St. Louis Blues 2000
- Vancouver Canucks +1800
- Edmonton Oilers +1500
- New York Rangers +2000
- Carolina Hurricanes +2100
- New York Islanders +2700
- Calgary Flames +2600
- Nashville Predators +2800
- Winnipeg Jets +2800
- Arizona Coyotes +5000
- Columbus Blue Jackets +3500
- Florida Panthers +3400
- Minnesota Wild +6700
- New Jersey Devils +4700
- Montreal Canadiens +2000
- San Jose Sharks +4700
- Anaheim Ducks +6700
- Buffalo Sabres +4600
- Chicago Blackhawks +4700
- Los Angeles Kings +7000
- Ottawa Senators +8100
- Detroit Red Wings +11000
National Hockey League postpones the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL will postpone the Winter Classic and All-Star Game. Since the league starts their season on or around January 1, they can’t play the Winter Classic on January 1.
The All-Star Game will happen. But, again, because the actually season starts late, the All-Star Game can’t happen January 30. No worries. After an exciting season without fans, hockey aficionados are happy that the 2021 NHL Season will happen and that it most likely will happen with some fan participation.
Colorado Avalanche signs newly acquired Devon Towes to a 4-year extension
Is Colorado Avalanche GM, and former Avs’ superstar player, Joe Sakic a wizard? Sakic didn’t compromise the Avalanche during the offseason, but still managed to acquire four impact players: Andre Burakovsky, Devon Towes, Brandon Saad, and Nazem Kadri.
To make sure the Avalanche continue as a favorite to win the Cup for the foreseeable future, Sakic signed Towes to a 4-year extension. Towes is one of the top defenseman in the NHL. He’ll help protect the net while Saad and Kadri help the offense.
How does Joe do it? One of the reasons could be because he was such a great player for Colorado. When Sakic tells players he’s targeting that the Avalanche franchise is one of the best in the league, he means it.
Players trust players and it seems like Joe Sakic has used that to his advantage.
Avalanche remain a solid favorite to win the Cup
In any case, the Colorado Avalanche are a solid +550 favorite to win the 2021 Stanley Cup. The team closest to them in odds are the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas signed the top free agent on most boards, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. To do it, though, they had to part ways with Paul Stastny and Nate Schmidt. The Pietrangelo signing could be a wash if the Knights lose effectiveness on the offensive end due to Stastny’s departure.
The defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning remain a third choice to repeat as Cup winners. Tampa’s odds imply their an overlay, but before dumping on Tampa realize that they lost three players, including terrific defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. It could be tough for Tampa to grab the Cup after Shattenkirk’s departure to Anaheim.
Have a great week!
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