NHL Betting: 2015-16 Anaheim Ducks Season Preview

If recent historical trends are a good indicator, the Anaheim Ducks are going to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals after winning the Pacific Division once again. In Bruce Boudreau’s three seasons at the helm, the Ducks have won the division three times and have improved by one playoff series each year. During the lockout-shortened season, they were upset in the first round. In 2013-14, they lost in


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Arizona Coyotes Season Preview

The best thing that can be said about the Arizona Coyotes for the 2015-16 season is that there will be a reason to watch. It’s going to be another painfully long year in the desert for the dozens of Coyotes faithful, but there are a lot of exciting young talents that will develop throughout the 82-game season. They’re not going to win many games and they’re not going to finish well in the st


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Calgary Flames Season Preview

It’s really refreshing to see a team that had a surprise season proactively try to avoid a letdown. That’s what the Calgary Flames did this offseason when they added two key players in hopes of returning to the playoffs again. Not many people were viewing the Flames as a playoff team during the 2014-15 season, but they made it, and they didn’t sit back and hope for it to happen again. They w


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Edmonton Oilers Season Preview

Ping pong ball don’t lie, right? The Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes took turns valiantly tanking for the first overall pick. The team that won it? The Edmonton Oilers. New head coach Todd McClellan now has Connor McDavid and a cast of talented forwards to work with as the Oilers try to get back to the playoffs for the first time since Dwayne Roloson’s Alberta Miracle in 2006. They prob


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Los Angeles Kings Season Preview

A year after making history by winning a second Stanley Cup in three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings made the wrong kind of history. They became the first team since the 2006-07 Carolina Hurricanes to win the Stanley Cup and miss the playoffs the following season. A lot of soul searching went on in Hollywood after the Kings fell short by two points in the Pacific Division standings. With Stanley Cu


NHL Betting: 2015-16 San Jose Sharks Season Preview

The San Jose Sharks needed a change and they got one when Todd McClellan and the front office agreed to amicably part ways and the Sharks got a draft pick out of it. McClellan went on to Edmonton and the Sharks brought in former New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer. The Sharks missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons, but they appear poised to return to the po


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Vancouver Canucks Season Preview

The Vancouver Canucks have only missed the playoffs three times in the 21st century. Willie Desjardins took an underachieving team from John Tortorella and turned them into a playoff team last season, but the outlook is rather bleak for the upcoming season. The Canucks were bounced in the first round by the Calgary Flames after a very successful 48-29-5 regular season. The feeling is that last sea


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview

The closest we will get to a modern pro sports dynasty could very well be the Chicago Blackhawks. They lifted their third Stanley Cup in six seasons to end the 2014-15 NHL season and then had to make some difficult decisions because of the salary cap. It was the seventh straight postseason appearance for the Blackhawks after they had just one playoff appearance over the previous 10 seasons. Despit


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Colorado Avalanche Season Preview

Big things were expected from the Colorado Avalanche last season after winning the Central Division in Patrick Roy’s first season behind the bench during the 2013-14 season. Colorado had 112 points and tied a franchise high with 52 wins. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to work out for Colorado last season and they finished well off the pace with 90 points. Opinions seem split on the boys from Denv


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Dallas Stars Season Preview

Not many teams are getting as much offseason buzz as the Dallas Stars. After missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, despite improving by one point in the standings, the Stars are looking for a return to the postseason under head coach Lindy Ruff. Dallas is a darling of the hockey media community for a lot of reasons. This was one of the most dangerous five-on-five teams in the lea


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Minnesota Wild Season Preview

The Ottawa Senators had a captivating playoff run, but the best story of the 2014-15 season had to be the playoff push for the Minnesota Wild. Defenseman Ryan Suter’s father, Bob, a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey team died of a heart attack before the season. Leading scorer Zach Parise’s father, JP, wasted away from cancer before passing away. Through it all, the Wild players rallied


NHL Betting: 2015-16 Nashville Predators Season Preview

The grind-it-out style of Barry Trotz was replaced with more of an offensive style under Peter Laviolette. The end result was a return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. It was clear that both Nashville and Trotz needed a change and he had tremendous success with the Washington Capitals. Under Trotz, the Predators made the playoffs in seven of eight seasons from 2003-04 to 2011-1

NHL Latest Stories

Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Odds, Pick & Prediction

21st February 2017 by Tom Wilkinson

The Minnesota Wild are slight favorites at home on Tuesday night as they host the Chicago Blackhawks on NBCSN. The Blackhawks are in second place in the Central Division, seven points behind Minnesota. This series had been dominated by the Wild recently, until two weeks ago when the Blackhawks snapped a six-game losing streak, winning 4-3 at Minnesota. Let’s look at Tuesday’s contest and NHL picks.