Sunday Night NHL Scores

indexThere were seven games on the NHL schedule on Sunday, giving sports betting fans plenty of opportunity to make some money on NHL sports betting odds. Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s games.

Pittsburgh Penguins 6, Washington Capitals 2
The Penguins improved their chances of making the playoffs with an impressive 6-2 win over the Metropolitan Division leading Capitals. After the Capitals tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd period, the Penguins scored four unanswered goals to win the game.

Tom Kuhnhackl scored a goal and added two assists for the Penguins. Matt Cullen and Trevor Daley added a goal and an assist each, and Sydney Crosby finished the game with two assists.

The impressive win over the team with the best record in the NHL should give Pittsburgh a lot of confidence heading into the playoffs.

Anaheim Ducks 3, Winnipeg Jets 2
The Ducks are four points behind the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division and a win over the Jets helped them keep pace with the Kings, who have won four straight games.

Jakob Silfverberg helped the Ducks get the win by scoring with 58.6 seconds left in overtime. Silfverberg scored on a rebound after Michael Hutchinson stopped him on a breakaway. Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 27 shots, while Jamie McGinn and Ryan Kesler each scored a goal for the Ducks.

New Jersey Devils 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Scott Wedgewood stopped 27 shots in his debut for the Devils. Reid Boucher scored the first goal for New Jersey and Devante Smith-Pelly helped Wedgewood get his first career win with a goal in the 3rd period of the game.

Calgary Flames 4, Montreal Canadiens 1
Sean Monahan was the hero of the day for the Flames after scoring two goals and assisting on another in their impressive win over the Canadiens. Dougie Hamilton also played a big role in the win with three assists for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau and Joe Colborne also contributed with a goal each.

Minnesota Wild 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2
The defending Stanley Cup champions might start their title defense on the road if the team continues playing like this. Chicago was unable to get much going in front of its home crowd before eventually losing in a shootout.

Nino Niederreiter and Erik Haula scored for the Wild in regulation and Charlie Coyle ended the game with a shootout goal.

Colorado Avalanche 3, Edmonton Oilers 2
The Avalanche kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a win over the second worst team in the NHL. Calvin Pickard played well in goal and stopped 26 shots. Blake Comeau, Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie each scored for the Avalanche. The win by Colorado also eliminated the Oilers from playoff contention.

San Jose Sharks 3, Phoenix Coyotes 0
James Reimer stopped 25 shots to earn his second shutout as a member of the San Jose Sharks. The shutout was the 13th of his career, and it helped San Jose win its fourth game in its last six. With the win, the Sharks find themselves one point behind the Anaheim Ducks for second place in the division, and have a good chance of passing the Ducks before the end of the season.

Stanley Cup Guide by NHL Playoff Schedule 2015

Well, it looks like we are down to only two teams and just maybe by the end of Monday, we could have the final result of how the second round is going to play out. Monday night there will be two exciting matchups, one being a likely stellar game 7, which will showcase the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Detroit Red Wings. The second game of the night we will be seeing the New York Islanders against the Washington Capitals. Join the fun! Get the NHL breakdown with NHL betting odds here to give you the very best insight into the action.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings

This series has gone down just like many of us had predicted, we are looking at a game 7 and what a game 7 this one shall be indeed. It has been a classic back-and-forth type of series with both teams alternating every wins every game in the previous five games.

At the start, the Red Wings had secured themselves a 2-1 series lead but the Lightning had to strike at some point and they did, evening things right up.

The Red Wings however, are second in fewest goals allowed in the contents of the first round. That may not be such a big deal on paper but the team did rank eighth in shot attempts during the regular season. Keep in mind though that no matter what, the Red Wings are playing pretty rocking against a team that is number one in scoring on the season. Good action right here folks, that is for certain.
New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

The Islanders are the very worst in the power play this season because they have absolutely had no ability to convert on the opportunities in which they have going on for them. This particular stat shouldn’t label them by any means however, New York has ranked exactly 21st in regards to the power play and they have also racked up more points than any other team.

This has been an undeniable intense series, where three games have been decided by only just one goal. The slightest error could be the simple deciding factor over what team advances and what team makes vacation plans.

The Capitals have had a few issues all their own which are starting to show, one of them is their notorious game 7 downfalls. The teams record currently at this stage is 2-4-1, which is counting back from the 2007 season on up. You couldn’t honestly get a better statistic to tell you how things have been going for the team as of late.
At some juncture you would have to figure that some of the injuries in which the Islanders have been suffering may be the ultimate dagger that could call it a season for them. These teams both have had an uphill battle to climb and by the way it has been looking, whoever comes out the victor will have one heck of a win.

Can’t Get Any Better
If you have kept up with the Stanley Cup Guide and have also watched some of the matchups, no doubt you should love how this exciting playoff season is turning out. It has all the fixings that we just love in hockey which basically means that we couldn’t be asking for more.



Betting on the Big Boys The Premiership Transfer Window

The Pre-season Premiership transfer window shut on the 1st September and so now the dust has settled, what do the big signings mean for their teams and the fans…and the punters who bet on the big games. M88 a leading sportsbook betting company feel that this premiership season is going to be more exciting than ever.

Let’s look at the top 3 most expensive transfers and see what the future brings.

Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid to Chelsea)

Diego is 25 and plays for the Spanish International team but was born in Brazil. He is joining Chelsea for reported fee of £32m, on a 5 year deal. Chelsea have been in need of a prolific striker and with Diego they may well have found their man. Let’s hope he can give defenders a tough time and keep Chelsea on top of the Premiership, with 8 goals already this season. He’s already paying off that transfer cost.

Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona to Chelsea)

Everyone knows or has heard of Cesc, even my mum, and the Spanish born attacking midfielder who left Barcelona to move to Chelsea to cover the hole left by outgoing Frank Lampard. He’s already had some assists and is proving to be a great asset in that midfield for Chelsea. Chelsea could well be unstoppable this season.

Calum Chambers (Southampton to Arsenal)

Now this boy is a bargain and interclub premiership transfer at its finest, a mere £11m has secured this transfer from Southampton to Arsenal. He’s a solid right back who can also play left if needs be. He’ll be pushing hard for a regular 1st team position and will probably get it.

The Premiership is going to be exciting this season, with not only the transfers into the UK from other countries but also the managers and general public appetite to have more than three team in the running.

The New Devils for 2013


The Devils Will Be Without Ilya Kovalchuk This Season.

With so many changes on the Devils this year, you have to wonder what team you will see.

New Jersey will be welcoming a new top scorer, a new owner and even making a transition in goal this year.

Ilya Kovalchuk is now in the KHL, replaced by the immortal Jaromir Jagr, and Corey Schneider is now backing up Marty Brodeur who is probably in his last season – but one is not putting any kind of sports bet – William Hill -on that.

“I don’t see the challenges of the group,” coach Pete deBoer told the Bergan Record.  “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with them. All I see now is more of the good things I think we’re going to be able to do with this group. I think we’re deep. We’re going to be a four-line team. We’re going to be able to come at you in waves. We’ve got a lot of interchangeable parts. More than the challenges, that’s more of the things I’ve been looking at and am excited about.”

Great, this is a transition year for the Devils but don’t count them out. If Schneider can play up to the level he was in Vancouver and split time with Brodeur, they have a chance to be competitive.

“Those things sort themselves out. Marty’s back,” deBoer said. “Marty’s our starting goaltender and we’ve got a fantastic 1A in Cory Schneider.”

Also the Devils will need Jagr to think it’s 2005 again. The future Hall of Famer will be the primary sniper at the Prudential Center, so he will have to get the scoring touch back.

“I see him as a right winger with us,” deBoer said to the Record. “I’m really excited to see him with our power play unit and what he’s going to bring to the table for us in that capacity. And then from there it’s just going to be finding the right combinations with him to complement him on a nightly basis.”

And so are New Jersey fans who will be looking forward to the 2013-14 season, even with all the changes.

Devils Light Some Fireworks on the Fourth

The New Jersey Devils lit some fireworks of their own on the 4th of July by taking care of a number of in-house free agents.

According to ESPN, center Patrik Elias is going to become a lifetime New Jersey Devil after agreeing on a three-year deal worth $16.5 million.

With that kind of money, he may just do some college football betting.

The 37 year-old is the Devil’s all time franchise leader in goals (375) and assists (555). He is also third in games played with 1090 over his 17 year career.

“To [general manager] Lou [Lamoriello], all my teammates and Devils fans, I’m excited to sign a new contract and be back with New Jersey,” Elias said in a statement released through his agent. “This year marks my 17th year with the Devils, and it’s very special to be a member of one organization for my entire career. We’ve shared some great moments together, and I look forward to working with everyone to create new ones. Go Devils!”

Elias has won two Stanley cups with the Devils after being drafted in the second round of the 1995 draft. He said at the end of last season, which he scored 14 goals with 22 assists in 48 games, that he wanted to come back to Newark.

Also returning to the Rock is veteran forward Dairnius Zubras, who inked a three-year,  $9.3 million contract. A person familiar with the deal revealed the terms to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Devils didn’t release those numbers.

Zubrus is a 16-year NHL veteran, who has spent the past six seasons with New Jersey.

Of course, the Devils may still lose a number of unrestricted free agents. David Clarkson will test the market when it opens on Friday, while forwards, Steve Sullivan, Alexei Ponikarovsky and defenseman Marek Zidlicky are also eligible to become unrestricted free agents.

Also not returning to Newark will be goalie Johan Hedberg, who was bought out of the final season of his contact, which was set to count as $1.4 million against the salary cap, according to the Newark Star Ledger.

The 40 year-old was expendable after the Devils acquired Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks on draft day. Hedberg spent the last three seasons backing up Marty Brodeur.


Fehr’s the Problem

Blame Donald Fehr.

Sure, the owners were the ones responsible for the lockout, but the NHLPA’s head honcho seems to be the one prolonging it.

It’s something Fehr has done in baseball for years and now he’s doing it to hockey.  There are no Super Bowl gambling picks as secure as that one.

As the head of the Baseball Players Association, Fehr oversaw strikes or lockouts in 1985, 1989 and cancellation of the World Series in 1995.

Only a blockade of players led by Tom Glavine in 2002, prevented another work stoppage.

And look at what happened in 2010 or what didn’t happen, Fehr was gone and baseball didn’t even come close to a work stoppage.

So now he haunts hockey. It looks like last week there could have been a deal struck, but Fehr wanted to get his hand in on it, even he said they were close.

“We think we’re either done on the dollars or very close to it with the exception of one issue called transition that we haven’t even discussed yet. It seemed to me that we ought to be able to move forward and try and finish it off,” Fehr told news reporters in Toronto. “So far, at least, they haven’t indicated a willingness to continue discussions.”

But when the owners wanted to finish it off without Fehr, that’s when negotiations broke off.

If we want hockey this season, something has to break but it seems like the players may have to get rid of Fehr before a deal can happen.

In the meantime visit to pass the time until hockey returns.

Rangers win in Miracle fashion

NEW YORK – As far as predictable goes, these playoffs have been anything but. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Rangers and the Capitals topped that – this game was unpredictable moment to moment according to the sports betting sites.

The Rangers set the tone for the game immediately, establishing their strong presence and scoring halfway through the first period. Nevertheless, 49 minutes later, despite 33 shots on goal and 24 more shots that were blocked by the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers were trailing by one goal. With 21.3 seconds left on the clock, Carl Hagelin drew a four-minute penalty for high-sticking, of which three and a half seemed wasteful. On the bench, Henrik Lundqvist was thinking about the next game. By the bench, Carl Hagelin wiped the blood off his face, and hurried back to where the action was. In the stands, the fans were on their feet, and while their hope was dwindling, they were determined to show their belief and support.

“It’s awesome,” captain Ryan Callahan said after the game. “They supported us all night. Twenty seconds left, they’re standing up chanting ‘Let’s go, Rangers!’ That fuels you. That makes you feel good. To be able to get that one for them and hear the Garden explode – I haven’t heard it that loud since I’ve been here.”

With 6.6 seconds left on the clock, the Rangers’ efforts throughout the game finally paid off, and the thirty sixth shot on goal was it.  “I think it’s fitting that Richie (Brad Richards) gets the one to tie it up there,” said Ryan Callahan. Brad Richards is no stranger to final seconds goals – on December 17th, he scored the game-winning goal against Coyotes’ Mike Smith in the final second of the game. So he really did have 6.5 seconds to spare here. “We’ve been talking about it all year,” said goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. “Not only on the ice but off the ice, to have a guy like that – he knows what it takes. You could tell when games are getting tighter, more important, he plays better. I think he likes the intensity in games like that. It just shows what type of player he really is.” Carl Hagelin was in agreement with Henrik Lundqvist’s assessment of Brad Richards: “I think he’s probably been that ‘go to’ guy his entire life. He knows what it takes to win, he IS a winner.”

“Would you take another high-stick to the face if it means two goals?” I ask Carl Hagelin, lip swollen, after the game, and I immediately know the answer, even before he has a chance to respond. His quick skate to the bench and back after being struck said it all. “I didn’t want to get off the ice there, it was a key part of the game. Just try to wipe some of the blood off, and then get going again.”

What seemed like a miraculous comeback was actually the result of the effort that had been there the whole game. “If you look at the blocked shots, we didn’t block many shots because we’ve had the puck,” said coach John Tortorella, pleased with both the outcome and his team’s performance. Henrik Lundqvist had similar thoughts: “The way we played tonight, we worked so hard. It was tough for us to get in front and create real good scoring chances, but we were shooting a lot and had a lot of energy. I definitely think we deserved this win. We worked so hard.”

They also never gave up. “We stuck with it,” said Ryan Callahan. They looked at a power play, an extra attacker, and 21.3 seconds on the clock as an opportunity, ignoring lack of success on the seven previous power plays.  “That’s just the result of working hard and creating chances this whole game. Sooner or later, it’s going to go in, and that’s why we play for sixty minutes. If it means scoring with 5 seconds to go, or 55 minutes to go – it doesn’t matter,” said Carl Hagelin.

Game six of this back-and-forth nail-biting series is on Wednesday evening at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.  On the line is the time of the next Rangers game at Madison Square Garden.