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    NHL Odds: The St. Louis Blues are one of the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup next season behind the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks and they helped themselves a lot in free agency getting Paul Statsny. It was a wild opening day of free agency in the NHL as more players changed teams than anytime in recent memory. Many teams made some definite upgrades that could impact their NHL odds on the board next season at Diamond sportsbook. Here is a look at some of the teams that really won in NHL free agency. 

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    NHL Betting: The 2014-2015 NHL schedule begins on October 8th with the Los Angeles Kings raising their Stanley Cup banner as they host the San Jose Sharks. It will be a great night for the Los Angeles Kings and a bitter night for the San Jose Sharks who led the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in a playoff series last season but then lost four straight. One of the highlights on the schedule is the Winter Classic which will have the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the Washington Capitals on January 1st. Here is a look at some of the key games and dates to remember for next season. 

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    Stanley Cup Lines: The Stanley Cup Finals move to New York for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers can be seen on NBCSN on Monday night. The Los Angeles Kings are favored to win the series but they could be listed as road underdogs in this game on Monday as the series shifts to New York. The teams have not played that often in New York through the years but in their few meetings the Los Angeles Kings have held their own. Here is a look at Game 3 on Monday and Stanley Cup picks. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The Los Angeles Kings are favored to win the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers which begin on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Kings have the home ice advantage but they are coming off another grueling 7-game series so they will have a major disadvantage in terms of rest. The oddsmakers have the Los Angeles Kings listed as -165 favorites to win the series and the Los Angeles Kings are also favored to win Game 1 on Wednesday. Here is a look at the matchup and Stanley Cup predictions. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: One of the most highly rated Stanley Cup Finals in history is set to begin on Wednesday with the New York Rangers visiting the LA Kings. The New York Rangers have not played in a Stanley Cup Final since 1994 so the anticipation for this year’s series is high. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals is set for Wednesday on NBC. The New York Rangers begin the series as slight underdogs against Los Angeles Kings. Here is a look at the Stanley Cup schedule and some series notes. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The New York Rangers are favored on Sunday as they host the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The New York Rangers dominated the first two games of the series in Montreal and they went into Game 3 in firm control of the series. The biggest issue for the Montreal Canadiens is that they will not have goalie Carey Price who is out due to injury. If the Montreal Canadiens are to get back into this series this is a must-win game on Sunday. Here is a look at the matchup on NBCSN and NHL playoff predictions. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The Chicago Blackhawks are favored at home on Wednesday as they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Chicago Blackhawks did what they were expected to do in Game 1 as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings but it wasn’t easy. The Chicago Blackhawks were listed at about -160 to win this series before it began and they are now better than a 2-1 favorite to win this series against the Los Angeles Kings. Let’s take a look at Game 2 on Wednesday night on NBCSN and Stanley Cup predictions. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens begin on Saturday in Montreal. The series looks to be a toss-up even though the Montreal Canadiens do have the home ice advantage in the best-of-seven matchup. The oddsmakers have made the series price a pick. The Montreal Canadiens are a slight favorite to win Game 1 on Saturday because they are at home. They are listed at -125 with the total at 5 under at BetDSI sportsbook. Here is a look at the matchup and NHL playoff predictions. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: It is Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Kings host the Anaheim Ducks. This has been a road team series as the road team won the first four games of this series. The Los Angeles Kings were in firm control of the series, winning the first two games in Anaheim but then they were outplayed in two straight games at home. This will be an elimination game on Wednesday as the loser of Game 5 will have to win to force a seventh game.Here is a look at the matchup and NHL playoff picks. 

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    NHL Lines: The Chicago Blackhawks are favored at home on Sunday as they host the Minnesota Wild. The Chicago Blackhawks have owned the Minnesota Wild in Chicago recently as they have taken 8 of the last 10 meetings including the first two games of this series. Depending upon what happened in Game 4 of this series on Friday this could be a series clinching game for the Chicago Blackhawks. They won the first two games of this series but they lost Game 3. Here is a look at Sunday’s game and NHL predictions. 

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    Hockey Playoff Odds: The Boston Bruins are slight favorites against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday. The teams split their two games in Boston with the Montreal Canadiens winning the first while the Boston Bruins came back to win the second. The Boston Bruins are comfortable playing in Montreal as four years ago they won twice in the playoffs on their way to winning the series against the Montreal Canadiens. Here is a look at Game 4 that can be seen on NBCSN and hockey playoff predictions. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The New York Rangers have never won a playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins but they could have the advantage in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The New York Rangers won the first game of the series in overtime and they now have the home ice advantage. The New York Rangers definitely have the edge in goal with Henrik Lundqvist against Marc-Andre Fleury and they also have the edge on defense. The advantage the Pittsburgh Penguins have is in scoring as they have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Here is a look at the matchup and Stanley Cup picks. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The Chicago Blackhawks may only be a #5 seed in the Western Conference but they are favored to win the West and make the Stanley Cup Finals. They are heavily favored to defeat the Minnesota Wild in their semifinal series. The Chicago Blackhawks won the first game of the series 5-2 and they look to have a lot of advantages going forward in this best-of-seven series. The only real hope for the Minnesota Wild would be if they get Darcy Kuemper back in goal because the team is not going to win this series with Ilya Bryzgalov in net. Here is a look at the series and NHL playoff picks. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks meet in the Freeway Faceoff series. The two southern California rivals have met many times in their history but this will be the first playoff series between the two teams. The Anaheim Ducks finished as the top seed in the Western Conference while the Los Angeles Kings finished as the sixth seed. Both teams had to work hard in the first round of the NHL playoff but each advanced. The Los Angeles Kings won the first game of this series and they are favored to win the best-of-seven series. Let’s look at the matchup and NHL picks. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions and they are now getting some respect from the oddsmakers. The team took out the St. Louis Blues in a tough first round series and now they will play either the Colorado Avalanche or the Minnesota Wild in the second round. The Chicago Blackhawks will be favored to win against either of those teams and the Chicago Blackhawks are now the favorites to win the Western Conference and reach the Stanley Cup Final. Here is a look at the Chicago Blackhawks and the latest odds. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The Montreal Canadiens take on the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Boston Bruins are listed as more than a 2-1 favorite to win the series. Both teams have had some time off since winning their first round series so each will come into this series rested and ready. These two teams are fierce rivals and know each other extremely well so it should be an exciting series to watch. This will be the 34th series meeting between the teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here is a look at the series, the NHL odds and NHL playoff predictions. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The New York Rangers visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series. The New York Rangers lead the series 3-2 and can eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. These teams have alternated wins and losses in this series with the New York Rangers winning game one the Philadelphia Flyers game two, etc. The Philadelphia Flyers have to hope that form holds true as they look to even the series on Tuesday night. Here is a look at Game 6 and NHL playoff picks. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in Game 6 of their NHL playoff series. The Pittsburgh Penguins were favored to win this series and most people thought the series would already be over. Now there is a chance the series could end up going seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have not looked like Stanley Cup contenders as they have not gotten consistent goaltending from Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pittsburgh Penguins have more overall talent but problems in goal are once again an issue for this team.Here is a look at Monday’s game and Stanley Cup picks. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The first team through to the second round of the NHL playoffs is the Montreal Canadiens. The Montreal Canadiens swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs. Now they will face the winner of the series between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. If that series continues as expected then we would get a matchup in the second round between bitter rivals, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. Here is a look at the Montreal Canadiens who swept a playoff series for the first time since 1993. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: Game 5 between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers is set for Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers will be favored at home in this contest that can be seen on NBC. The teams split their first two games in New York with the New York Rangers winning 4-1 while the Philadelphia Flyers won 4-2. In the first three games of the series the winning team scored exactly four goals with one game going over and two pushes.Here is a look at Sunday’s Game 5 and NHL playoff predictions. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The Colorado Avalanche hosts the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in Game 5 of their NHL playoff series. The Colorado Avalanche won both of the first two games in this series at home and they will be favored to win Game 5 on home ice. The series has been very competitive with every game going down to the wire. The series looks more even now that the Minnesota Wild have put Darcy Kuemper in goal in place of Ilya Brygalov.Here is a look at Saturday’s game and NHL playoff predictions. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The Boston Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series. This game has an afternoon start on Saturday and can be seen on NBC. The teams split their first two games of the series in Boston and the Detroit Red Wings have held their own on the road in Boston, splitting the last ten meetings. They will be underdogs on Saturday though with the Boston Bruins listed as about a 2-1 favorite in NHL lines at BetDSI sportsbook. Here is a look at the Game 5 matchup and NHL playoff picks. 

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    NHL Lines: Game 4 between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers is set for Friday night in Philadelphia on CNBC. Game 4 will be critical as they will head back to New York for Game 5 tied in the series or one team will hold a 3-1 edge. The New York Rangers have played well on the road this season so the odds on this game are near a pick. The New York Rangers have also split their last ten meetings in Philadelphia with three of the last four going over.Here is a look at Friday’s contest and NHL picks. 

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    NHL Playoff Odds: The San Jose Sharks visit the Los Angeles Kings in Games 3 and 4 this week. The San Jose Sharks have really struggled in Los Angeles in recent seasons, losing 9 of the last 10. It is an exciting week of NHL playoff action with games throughout the week with every game on national television. The week begins on Monday with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Colorado Avalanche at the Minnesota Wild, the St. Louis Blues at the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks at the Dallas Stars.Here is a look at the NHL playoff TV schedule for this week. 

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    Stanley Cup Odds: The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers know each other very well but surprisingly, they have not met in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 1997. The New York Rangers finished two points in front of the Philadelphia Flyers this season so they will have the home ice advantage for this seven-game series that begins on Thursday. Home ice could be critical in this series as the Philadelphia Flyers have not won a game in New York since 2011. Here is a look at the series, NHL playoff odds available at BetDSI sportsbook and Stanley Cup predictions.