Exciting games ahead around the NHL

Hockey fans are gearing up for yet another exciting Tuesday evening of NHL playoff hockey that will be played tonight. Ottawa is looking to build upon their two game series lead in an effort to take a choke hold on their series against the New York Rangers while in the other match up St. Louis is looking to even their series against the speedy Nashville Predators.

In other news from last night, the National Hockey League’s division of player safety is reporting that Matt Niskanen will not face any discipline at all for his hit on Sidney Crosby. Crosby was forced to leave the game when Niskanen hit him in the head with his stick. It is now noted that Crosby will also miss the Penguins next game because of the concussion that he suffered as a result of the hit.  In the end, Washington was able to win the game in overtime on a goal by Kevin Shattenkirk. Despite being a minus 6 player in the playoffs, Shattenkirk has been a great pickup so far for the Capitals who were able to land him from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline for forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, the Capitals’ first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

On a different note, it seems that the two recent huge trades that the Nashville Predators made (Shea Weber for P.K. Subban) and (Johnsson for Seth Jones) have paid off big time in order to increase their speed and skill.

Speaking of trades, the Ottawa Senators should be happy with their trade at the trade deadline with the Vancouver Canucks when they picked up Alex Burrows. Alex Burrows is a character guy who has tons of playoff experience and is able to play a smart defensive game and pot the odd goal. The Canucks on the other hand did pretty good on this trade as well when they were able to pry one of the Sens top prospects, Jonathan Dahlen, out of their hands.

Looking ahead toward the rest of the playoffs it is interesting to look at the Vegas odds to see who they have picked to win the Stanley Cup. According to the Oilers Nation, Vegas has given the Oilers the best chance to win the cup win 3:1 odds, the Penguins are their second pick with 7:2 odds and the Capitals are in third spot with 17:4 odds. Quite surprising to me is that it is the Ducks who Vegas has with the lowest team remaining to win the sup.  Speaking of odds, the best US casino online provides great opportunities for you to try out your luck.

Two of the top teams who the odds makers have to win the cup, Edmonton and Pittsburgh, both had great luck to be able to pick their franchise players, McDavid and Crosby. This past weekend, the New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars and the Flyers all had exceptional luck to move up in the draft lottery. It seems like this type of luck is necessary in order to be able to obtain a top prospect who can quickly move a team into Stanley Cup contention.

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