NHL online sportsbook betting is usually a pretty standard affair although big trades or injuries can make lines change in a hurry. We might have anticipated a bit of odds reordering after the NHL Trade deadline, but it has come and gone and you probably slept right through it. However, prior to the deadline several of the NHL’s top teams – the Chicago Blackhawks, the Florida Panthers, and the New York Rangers – loaded up for a deep playoff run. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest deals and let you know how much this impacts their Stanley Cup chances.
NHL Betting Odds – Chicago Blackhawks Get Andrew Ladd
The first major trade to break, Chicago brings back former Blackhawk Andrew Ladd. A big power forward, Ladd was arguably the best player on the market at this year’s deadline. The former Winnipeg Jets Captain possess speed, size, and scoring and should fit in nicely on the Hawks top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. This allows power forward Andrew Shaw to drop back down to the 3rd line and balances out an already deep forward group.
The Hawks are currently battling for the top seed in both their division and conference, so this deal should push them ahead of the pack and give them the inside track on home ice advantage during the post season.
NHL Online Sportsbook Betting – Rangers Get Eric Staal
Another captain was on the move as long time Carolina Hurricane, and former Canadian Olympian, Eric Staal goes to the Rangers. For what seems like the 30th year in a row, the Rangers once again mortgage their future to try and win in the present. The Rangers currently sit 2nd in the Metro division, and are going to have to eventually work their way through the Washington Capitals before getting to the conference finals. Without question, they’ll have the toughest draw of any team in the playoffs just to get to the final.
Staal, while once an elite player, is having one of his worst seasons as a pro. Will a change of scenery help bring his game around? It’s what the Blueshirts are aiming for as they gear up for what they hope is another deep playoff run.
Betting on NHL Hockey – Panthers Get Jiri Hudler
The Florida Panthers aren’t normally buyers at the trade deadline, but sitting in first place in the Atlantic Division changes things. Jiri Hudler provides Stanley Cup experience and scoring to a talented Panthers roster. Hudler had a monster year last season where he finished top 10 in scoring, but has since struggled this year. Much like Staal, the Panthers are hoping H udler can regain his form with a change of scenery. Is this the type of deal that pushes the Panthers ahead of the pack? That remains to be seen but the Panthers are currently in first place in their division- but only 4 points up on a wildcard. They’ll make the playoffs but whether or not they can make a run may depend more on the guys who have currently gotten them there – Luongo, Barkov, Jagr, et al – opposed to the late addition of Jiri Hudler. Factor this in when you planning your NHL online sportsbook betting.
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