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23rd October 2016
The most surprising team of the season thus far is the Canucks, who are 4-0-1 through five games, but they aren’t getting any respect here as a heavy underdog. The Ducks are a -200 favorite to win their home opener.
The Buffalo Sabres continue to wallow as a star crossed franchise that simply cannot catch a break. Two of the Sabres biggest stars, left wing Evander Kane and second year sensation center Jack Eichel, are both out with injuries. Kane is out indefinitely with a ribs issue while Eichel is out until early December with an ankle problem. Sadly, the Sabres may be out of playoff contention by the time they return.
The Chicago Blackhawks are the National Hockey League’s most popular and successful franchise and a perennial playoff favorite but so far this year the Hawks are off to a sluggish start as the attention of Chicago has been on the epic playoff run of the Chicago Cubs.
The Arizona Coyotes are getting the same losing results but with a new method. Instead of having an air tight defense with poor scoring their offensive production has actually improved but their defense has been atrocious and among the worst in the NHL.
22nd October 2016
The St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames are both limping into Saturday night’s game at the world-famous Saddledome. The Blues started out the season with three straight wins, but they’ve dropped two straight. The Flames have lost four of their five games so far this season, including two at home and the schedule is about to get really tough for Calgary. Starting with this game, 11 of the next 12 are against teams that participated in the postseason last year. Calgary does seem to be the sharp side thus far, as the Blues dropped from around -130 down into the -120 range.
21st October 2016
The Washington Capitals are well known for being “Next Year’s Team.” The Caps routinely rate as one of top regular season teams in the National Hockey League each year only to flame out in despair come Stanley Cup Playoff time each spring. On the other side, the New York Rangers are two seasons removed from their Eastern Conference championship and face questions and doubts about their long term playoff viability.
21st October 2016
The Columbus Blue Jackets started the season with a couple of losses and then had a long week of practice to try and fix some of their mistakes. The Chicago Blackhawks have already played four games and they’ll kick off a road/home back-to-back here on Friday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blackhawks are two up and two down on the season and three of the four games have been high-scoring affairs. The Blackhawks are a comfortable road favorite here in what could be a tricky spot.