Hockey Returns this Saturday

Favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the Penguins and Rangers each kick-start their season this Saturday before clashing at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

After four months in oblivion, the National Hockey League will resume play this Saturday, following the ratification of a proposed agreement between the league office and the Players’ Association.

Saturday’s schedule will include 13 games, featuring 26 of the league’s 30 teams.

The schedule’s marquee matchup sees Pittsburgh and Philadelphia continue their long-time rivalry. The game (3:00 PM ET) will see the Penguins looking for retribution after being dumped out of the playoffs at the first round by the Flyers last season.

As news broke that an agreement had been reached between the NHL and NHLPA, Pittsburgh was considered favorites to lift Lord Stanley’s goliath cup. In the week that has followed, Pittsburgh finds itself join favorites with the New York Rangers, with both teams being given 8/1 odds of winning it all.

The Rangers will start their season with a tough game in Boston on Saturday (7:00 PM ET), before hosting the Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening (7:00 PM ET).

Other notable games on Saturday’s schedule include the Los Angeles Kings beginning the defense of an unexpected Stanley Cup with the visit of the Chicago Blackhawks, a side expected to take a very competitive Central Division this season.

Vancouver – expected by odds makers to win the Western Conference this season – will host the Anaheim Ducks (10:00 PM ET), while Toronto and Montreal meet in a battle of Original Six sides (7:00 PM ET).

For those sides taking to the ice, Saturday’s games will mark the first of shortened 48-game season, a result of the lengthy lockout period. Each team will play only against those sides in their conference, meaning the only time we’ll see an Eastern Conference side meet a Western Conference team will come during the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Stanley Cup playoffs will retain its 16-team format, and will commence following the last day of the regular season, which falls on Apr. 27. Postseason schedules are yet to be put into place.

With such a short period to get ready for hockey betting, Casino Review has compiled all of the information you need to get ready for Saturday and the season ahead.We’ve gathered Stanley Cup, conference, and division odds together, alongside points totals and playoff odds, meaning you can check out your favorite side’s chances, or take an advantage to pick out this season’s Stanley Cup competitors.

Read on for all you need ahead of the NHL Regular Season…

 

Saturday’s Season Opening Schedule

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers

Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets

Chicago Blackhawks @ Los Angeles Kings

New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens

New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders

Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning

Carolina Hurricanes @ Florida Panthers

Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators

Phoenix Coyotes @ Dallas Stars

Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild

Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks

 

NHL Futures and Props

All odds supplied by Bovada

(NOTE: Last season, teams had the opportunity to earn 164 points. This season, there is a total of 96 points up for grabs for each side. To give you a better idea of what a team needs to do to (pro-rata) match last season’s tally, we’ve added the number of points needed this season.)

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

 

BOSTON BRUINS

Stanley Cup: 14/1

Eastern Conference: 15/2

Northeast Division: 13/10

57½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/9 (Yes), 11/2 (No)

Last season: 102 points, No. 2 seed

69 points (to match)

 

BUFFALO SABRES

Stanley Cup: 28/1

Eastern Conference: 14/1

Northeast Division: 3/1

54½ points: 10/11 (over), 5/6 (under)

Playoffs: 20/33 (Yes), 27/20 (No)

Last season: 89 points, missed playoffs

52 points (to match)

 

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Stanley Cup: 22/1

Eastern Conference: 11/1

Southeast Division: 11/5

53½ points: 5/6 (over), 10/11 (under)

Playoffs: 20/43 (Yes), 7/4 (No)

Last season: 82 points, missed playoffs

48 points (to match)

 

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Stanley Cup: 40/1

Eastern Conference: 20/1

Southeast Division: 9/2

52½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 3/1 (Yes), 1/4 (No)

Last season: 94 points, No. 3 seed

55 points (to match)

 

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Stanley Cup: 35/1

Eastern Conference: 16/1

Northeast Division: 5/1

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 39/20 (Yes), No (2/5)

Last season: 78 points, missed playoffs

46 points (to match)

 

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Stanley Cup: 33/1

Eastern Conference: 16/1

Atlantic Division: 6/1

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/27 (Yes), 21/20 (No)

Last season: 102 points, No. 6 seed

60 points (to match)

 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Stanley Cup: 75/1

Eastern Conference: 35/1

Atlantic Division: 16/1

49½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 9/2 (Yes), 2/13 (No)

Last season: 79 points, missed playoffs

46 points (to match)

 

NEW YORK RANGERS

Stanley Cup: 8/1

Eastern Conference: 4/1

Atlantic Division: 19/10

60½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/9 (Yes), 11/2 (No)

Last season: 109 points, No. 1 seed

64 points (to match)

 

OTTAWA SENATORS

Stanley Cup: 40/1

Eastern Conference: 20/1

Northeast Division: 11/2

52 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 3/1 (Yes), 1/4 (No)

Last season: 92 points, No. 8 seed

54 points (to match)

 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Stanley Cup: 14/1

Eastern Conference: 7/1

Atlantic Division: 5/2

57½ points: 5/6 (Yes), 10/11 (No)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 103 points, No. 5 seed

60 points (to match)

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Stanley Cup: 8/1

Eastern Conference: 4/1

Atlantic Division: 21/10

61½ points: 20/23 (Over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/10 (Yes), 6/1 (No)

Last season: 108 points, No. 4 seed

66 points (to match)

 

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Stanley Cup: 30/1

Eastern Conference: 15/1

Southeast Division: 3/1

53 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/29 (Yes), 23/20 (No)

Last season: 84 points, missed playoffs

49 points (to match)

 

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Stanley Cup: 35/1

Eastern Conference: 18/1

Northeast Division: 11/2

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 37/20 (Yes), 4/9 (No)

Last season: 80 points, missed playoffs

47 points (to match)

 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Stanley Cup: 25/1

Eastern Conference: 12/1

Southeast Division: 9/4

54½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 92 points, No. 7 seed

54 points (to match)

 

WINNIPEG JETS

Stanley Cup: 66/1

Eastern Conference: 33/1

Southeast Division: 9/1

50½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 9/2 (Yes), 2/13 (No)

Last season: 84 points, missed playoffs

49 points (to match)

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Stanley Cup: 45/1

Western Conference: 20/1

Pacific Division: 8/1

53½ points:  20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 5/7 (Yes), 11/10 (No)

Last season: 80 points, missed playoffs

47 points (to match)

 

CALGARY FLAMES

Stanley Cup: 50/1

Western Conference: 25/1

Northwest Division: 12/1

50½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 13/4 (Yes), 2/9 (No)

Last season: 90 points, missed playoffs

53 points (to match)

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Stanley Cup: 14/1

Western Conference: 13/2

Central Division: 3/2

57½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 101 points, No. 6 seed

59 points (to match)

 

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Stanley Cup: 50/1

Western Conference: 25/1

Northwest Division: 12/1

52½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 13/4 (Yes), 2/9 (No)

Last season: 88 points, missed playoffs

52 points (to match)

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Stanley Cup: 100/1

Western Conference: 60/1

Central Division: 20/1

47½ points: 20/21 (over), 4/5 (under)

Playoffs: 19/4 (Yes), 1/7 (No)

Last Season: 65 points, missed playoffs

38 points (to match)

 

DALLAS STARS

Stanley Cup: 40/1

Western Conference: 20/1

Pacific Division: 8/1

52 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 7/2 (Yes), 1/5 (No)

Last season: 89 points, missed playoffs

52 points (to match)

 

DETROIT RED WINGS

Stanley Cup: 18/1

Western Conference: 8/1

Central Division: 3/1

56½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 10/29 (Yes), 23/10 (No)

Last season: 102 points, No. 5 seed

60 points (to match)

 

EDMONTON OILERS

Stanley Cup: 18/1

Western Conference: 9/1

Northwest Division: 3/1

53½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 4/5 (Yes), No (20/21)

Last season: 74 points, missed playoffs

43 points (to match)

 

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Stanley Cup: 12/1

Western Conference: 13/2

Pacific Division: 4/5

58½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/9 (Yes), 11/2 (No)

Last season: 95 points, No. 8 seed

55 points (to match)

 

MINNESOTA WILD

Stanley Cup: 18/1

Western Conference: 9/1

Northwest Division: 3/1

54½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/53 (Yes), 41/20 (No)

Last season: 81 points, missed playoffs

47 points (to match)

 

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Stanley Cup: 33/1

Western Conference: 16/1

Central Division: 11/2

53 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/33 (Yes), 27/20 (No)

Last season: 104 points, No. 4 seed

61 points (to match)

 

PHOENIX COYOTES

Stanley Cup: 45/1

Western Conference: 22/1

Pacific Division: 8/1

50½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 12/5 (Yes), 1/3 (No)

Last season: 97 points, No. 3 seed

57 points (to match)

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Stanley Cup: 20/1

Western Conference: 11/1

Pacific Division: 11/4

54 ½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 20/33 (Yes), 27/20 (No)

Last season: 96 points, No. 7 seed

56 points (to match)

 

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Stanley Cup: 16/1

Western Conference: 7/1

Central Division: 9/4

57½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/8 (Yes), 5/1 (No)

Last season: 109 points, No. 2 seed

64 points (to match)

 

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Stanley Cup: 10/1

Western Conference: 9/2

Northwest Division: 1/1

58½ points: 20/23 (over), 20/23 (under)

Playoffs: 1/12 (Yes), 13/2 (No)

Last season: 111 points, No. 1 seed

65 points (to match)

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