Parker Michaels specializes in the NHL and has been a successful hockey handicapper for the past six years.
After spending an incredible two years working for one of the sharpest college sports market influencers in the industry, Michaels learned how to properly create his own betting lines and preseason power rankings while gaining an understanding of how a sports betting market really works.
Michaels covers the NHL, IIHF World Junior Championship and the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Former longtime GM Cliff Fletcher took the fall for the Wild’s lack of playoff success but new GM Paul Fenton believes in the current core and made no major changes this summer. Can the Wild get back to the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season?
Washington enters the season with the same core they won the Stanley Cup with but may have overachieved with a 105-point regular season last year. Unless they overachieve again, the Capitals may slip down to a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Flames were on the playoff path last season before key injuries derailed their chances. GM Brad Treliving has upgraded the offense which faded down the stretch but possibly at the expense of the defense.
With a new owner, GM and head coach, the Canes bring a new culture to the organization. On the ice with a new No.1 center, elite new d-man and two Calder candidates, the Canes goaltending still holds the key to their success.
Another busy summer for GM John Chayka as he continued to add key pieces in hopes of getting his young team into the playoff conversation. Led by one of the best starting goaltenders in the league and the reigning Calder Trophy winner, the Coyotes are poised to be the single most improved team in the NHL this season.
GM Ray Shero was quiet this summer after his team made a 27-point jump from last in their division to a Wild Card spot. Instead, the Devils will look for growth from within to support reigning MVP Taylor Hall.
The status of starting goaltender Corey Crawford looms over the Blackhawks as they enter training camp, but even if fully healthy he may not be enough to get Chicago back to the playoffs. With one of the league’s worst projected bottom-6, the play by several young players will dictate how high – or low – the Hawks fly this year.
The Islanders lost the face of their franchise with the summer departure of John Tavares but may have gained so much more. With a new front-office and coaching staff, along with a change in locker room culture, the Islanders may be an underrated team despite what the numbers say.