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Pucks for bucks: NHL betting crash course

The NHL is finally back after a long and painful lockout.

If you’re playing catch-up with the hockey handicapping check out these helping links below. Not only do we have previews for all six divisions but we also dig into some NHL betting strategies for the shortened 48-game season.

Three tips for betting the shortened NHL season


The NHL schedule has officially been released, which means we can begin to look at some puck value. Before we dig into the schedule (which we’ll do more in-depth this week) here are three items to keep in mind when betting this shortened 48-game season.

NHL props: Who will take home the major awards?


We're just a few days away from puck drop and sportsbooks are beginning to release props on who will win the NHL's major awards this season.

NHL betting: Season win totals released

Now that the NHL lockout is officially over bettors can now begin assessing team win totals for the upcoming season.

There are a few surprises in early NHL futures action


It didn't take long for NHL bettors to pick their darling underdog to win the Stanley Cup this season. And that dog's name is Edmonton.

NHL Southeast Division betting preview and odds


This division has long been scoffed at as the 'South-least' and the Stanley Cup odds for each team listed below don't suggest it will be shaking that title anytime soon. There is promise in Winnipeg and Carolina though, thanks to some key offseason moves.

NHL Pacific Division betting preview and odds


The Phoenix Coyotes were top dogs in the Pacific last season after being the proverbial underdog for what seems like an eternity. But they weren’t the only Cinderella team to prevail out of the Pacific. The Kings made a historic Stanley Cup run as the No. 8 seed in the West and are in good position to defend their title this year.

NHL Northwest Division betting preview and odds


The Vancouver Canucks have dominated for the Northwest Division for four consecutive seasons and are poised to do it again this year. However, the Canucks will be looking over their shoulder at the beefed-up Minnesota Wild, who signed coveted free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in the offseason.

NHL Central Division betting preview and odds


The St. Louis Blues rode the formidable goaltending duo of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott to a Central Division title last season. Four teams from this division made the playoffs last year and the Central figures to be one of the most competitive divisions against this year. The Red Wings, Predators and Blackhawks round out this year’s playoff contending teams, with the Blue Jackets once again playing the role as the beating post.

NHL Northeast Division betting preview and odds


The Bruins have been a popular bet to reclaim the Stanley Cup from a couple seasons ago at several sportsbooks. This division is expected to be stronger this year though after the Sens had a great season last year and many are anticipating a breakout campaign from the Sabres. That said, most divisions can only dream of having two teams in complete rebuilding mode like the Leafs and Habs are.
   
NHL Atlantic Division betting preview and odds

The Atlantic Division is not for the faint of heart. Three of the top six Stanley Cup favorites reside here (Pittsburgh, Rangers, Philadelphia) along with last year's Stanley Cup runner-up (New Jersey).

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