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Understanding the Ropes for Betting from Preceding NHL Hockey Preseason Comps

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By Sam,



Everybody identifies hockey as a game where two squads of players try to make a goal at their opponents’ nets. However, the aura of NHL (National Hockey League) with high-flying excitement on previously processed ice-rinks is a completely different affair, especially in the betting perspective. Although the game is observed for college leagues also, it is the professional fixtures which rule the roost. Here we ascertain significant aspects and punter advice from the preseason September games. So relax and read along!

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Houston Showing Interest In The NHL

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from Jack Witthaus of Houston Business Journal,

Billionaire Tilman Fertitta, the new owner of the Houston Rockets, didn’t rule out a National Hockey League franchise for Houston during his first press conference Oct. 10 at the Toyota Center after acquiring the team for $2.2 billion.

It would be the second NHL franchise in Texas behind the Dallas Stars.

“Do I want to see Toyota Center filled up 300 nights a year? Definitely.” Fertitta said. "I would put an NHL team here tomorrow (but it has to make sense)."

NHL executive Larry Tanenbaum is “very excited” to meet with Fertitta, Rockets CEO Tad Brown said at the press conference. Houston and the NHL have discussed deals in the past to bring a team to the Bayou City but nothing has worked out, Brown said. 


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Jeff Blashill On Ken Hitchcock And The Dallas Stars

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although the Stars are in the Western Conference, there are plenty of ties that bind them to the Wings in addition to Daley.

First is general manager Jim Nill, who spent 19 years with the Red Wings, the last 15 of those as the assistant general manager.

Gemel Smith, a young center on the Stars, is the brother of Wings prospect Givani Smith, who is currently playing for the OHL's Guelph Storm.

Ken Hitchcock, the Stars' head coach, has faced the Wings many times as an opponent and has advised Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

"I got a chance to talk to Hitch a number of times last year, after he was let go in St. Louis," Blashill said. "He's a brilliant hockey mind, I don't think there's any doubt about that. He'll go down as one of the better coaches of all-time. It was really fortunate for me to have that time, I really appreciated it. He was a really good resource for me.

"They're going to not give you anything easy over time. They're going to reload like crazy. They're going to be a hard forechecking team. they're already heavy, so they already spend tons of time in the O-zone, that's what they'll be for sure. That's been whatever team he's coached has been."

more topics...

added 4:04pm, Mark Stepneski at the Stars website...

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Colorado Eagles Approved As A New Expansion Team In the AHL

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the Colorado Eagles have been approved as an expansion franchise for the 2018-19 season.

The Eagles will be the new primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche when they begin play in the AHL’s Pacific Division at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., in October 2018.

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Two Recipients Named For The Lester Patrick Trophy

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NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean have been named the recipients of the 2017 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The annual award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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Detroit’s Skate In Dallas

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via Dana Wakiji tweets,

morning skate:
Abdelkader-Nielsen-Helm (Booth works in)

Kronwall Is skating today.

added 12:50pm, Wakiji...

Mrazek first off the ice.

added 1:39pm,



Below, the expected lineup fot the Stars...

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Greg Wyshynski Hired By ESPN

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ESPN press release

ESPN announced today it has hired award-winning writer and editor Greg Wyshynski to be a leading voice for NHL content, covering the league as a reporter and analyst across platforms. Along with fellow ESPN hockey reporter Emily Kaplan, Wyshynski will write NHL news and analysis each week during the season and be seen and heard across platforms, including SportsCenter. He will start at ESPN on Monday, October 16.

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The Buffalo Sabres Need Much More From Their Top Players

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As the slogan sort of says, it's time to Sharpen Our Swords about the ungodly opening of this Sabres season.

It's only taken us three games to clearly deduce that, in fact, it wasn't all Dan Bylsma's fault. Even though the denizens of the dressing room at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza wanted you to believe backward coaching was what last season was about.

Well, the supporting cast is quite a bit different, but almost all the players in starring roles are returnees. And other than Evander Kane, they haven't been remotely good enough.

Embarrassing actually seems too meek a descriptive for Monday's 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, an atrocity that dropped the Sabres to 0-2-1 and has to have alarm bells ringing throughout the organization.

This is not how Phil Housley had to picture his career as an NHL head coach would start. And the improvements new General Manager Jason Botterill made on paper are flaming out on the ice, headlined by Nathan Beaulieu's egregious giveaways in back-to-back games that have turned into goals.


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The Puck Drops Tonight In Las Vegas

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The message is all over the Las Vegas Strip, writ large, all caps, on signs and billboards and marquees. It stretches across the video board outside T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights.


It will be the theme for the Golden Knights' inaugural home opener against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).

The Golden Knights will still walk a gold carpet and stage a fan march from the New York New York to T-Mobile Arena before the doors open. They will still highlight pride in Las Vegas in their pregame show, because they are the city's first major league pro sports team.

But they also had planned to play up their brand with medieval imagery, a knight pulling a sword out of a stone, the ice lighting up and cracking with special effects. That will now wait until their next home game, against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.


added 9:13am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

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Video- A Big Win For The Toronto Maple Leafs

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

“I think the big players do things in big moments just because they do what they do,” Mike Babcock was saying Monday in the hours before his Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Chicago Blackhawks. “They don’t deviate. They just believe they’re meant to be there and the more heat that’s on, the more they like it, the more they relish the opportunity.”

Never mind that Babcock was responding to a question about Jonathan Toews when he provided the answer. Held up to a different light – after the Leafs had recovered from a sluggish start and erased a late deficit and skated the Blackhawks into submission – it applied more aptly to his own star centre.

While this wasn’t anything close to a “big moment” for a Blackhawks roster gilded with gold medals and diamond-encrusted Cup rings, it meant something here in Toronto. This was a chance to measure progress while staring down your heroes.

“This was a big game for us as far as who we were up against,” Matthews said after freezing the clock at 3:43 of overtime.

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Game highlights are below...

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