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  • Betcris.com For the Chicago Blackhawks their dynasty that included three NHL Stanley Cup championships from 2010-15 is over. Last year when the Blackhawks missed the playoffs, they had a reasonable excuse in that top goaltender Corey Crawford missed the second half of the season due to a concussion.   More

  • Betcris.com Barry Trotz is the only coach that the Washington Capitals have had in the Alex Ovechkin era that could get the Great Eight to fully commit to a full 200-foot game and be play responsible defense. And make no mistake about the fact that Trotz was a key component in the Capitals finally getting their first ever Stanley Cup championship that has completed Ovechkin’s Hall of Fame resume. But days after hoisting the Stanley Cup Trotz cashed in with a huge new contract to coach the New York Islanders. And his departure is being felt by the Capitals as they have reverted back to old habits. Now Washington has the added problem of hosting the NHL’s highest scoring team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Wednesday night.   More

  • Betcris.com Last year the Vegas Golden Knights had the advantage of ambushing the rest of the National Hockey League as a first-year expansion team that ended up as Western Conference champions. However, this year the Golden Knights are getting everyone’s best shot. No longer do opponents treat   More

  • Betcris.com The Toronto Maple Leafs have made rapid improvement under fourth year head coach Mike Babcock and are now a substantive contender, something they have not been in well over a generation. But despite that improvement the Leafs are learning just how difficult it is to take the next big step. Toronto was humbled on home ice last week in a 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins which was a reminder of just how difficult it will be to advance in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile the Winnipeg Jets earned the respect of the entire hockey and betting communities last year with their run to the Western Conference Final. Of concern is an offense that has been sluggish out of the gate.   More

  • Betcris.com To their credit the New York Rangers have not tried to fool anyone starting with their fan base. Last February the Broadway Blueshirts raised the white flag of surrender and confessed to the world that their days as a bona fide Stanley Cup contender were over. A massive rebuild has begun in New York   More

  • Betcris.com One of the most improbable Stanley Cup Final matchups in history will renew Wednesday night on national TV when the Vegas Golden Knights meet the Washington Capitals. Vegas enters this season as the second-year expansion team that shocked the world with their march to the Stanley Cup Final last year,   More

  • Betcris.com A night that many fans of the National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals believed they would never ever see will take place on Wednesday night. The Capitals will hoist their Stanley Cup championship banner in front of a sellout crowd at the Capital One Arena before they host the Boston Bruins   More

  • Betcris.com The Vegas Golden Knights were a fantastic Cinderella story a year ago, making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before falling just short of the championship against the Washington Capitals. If the Golden Knights had actually finished off their incredible journey it would have paid off extremely well.   More

  • Betcris.com This time it looks different.That is what many have said about the Washington Capitals in this highly successful playoff season in which they are now just one win away from hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup. In any other playoff season the Capitals would wilt like flowers under intense heat.   More

  • Betcris.com After dropping game one the Washington Capitals have roared back with a pair of impressive wins to now lead the best of Seven Stanley Cup Final two games to one. Game three on Saturday night had to be demoralizing for the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington controlled and carried the play and looked like the superior team. Now Vegas must regroup and again prove the experts wrong, as they have done all year. But the question is now wide open about the Golden Knights ability to hang with the Caps. If Washington wins on Monday night they will be just one win away from the glory of hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup!   More

  • Betcris.com Washington goaltender Braden Holtby went down in history with one of the greatest saves in NHL history to preserve a 3-2 win in game two of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night. Will his brilliant spectacular save change the series? Is it the ultimate turning point? Or will the Vegas Golden Knights shake it off like they have everything else. The Stanley Cup Final now shifts to Washington for games three and four. The Capitals now have momentum on their side. And a sellout crowd will be “Rocking the Red” at the Capital One Arena.   More

  • Betcris.com Alex Ovechkin has had to wait his entire career for this moment. A shot at the Stanley Cup. In his career Ovechkin has led Washington to its greatest era of glory. In fact, he completely transformed the franchise itself. But perpetual playoff failures have been the cloud over the franchise. Those failures to close helped cost general manager George McPhee his job in 2014. Ironically enough McPhee eventually landed in Vegas as general manager of the Golden Knights. Ovechkin and the Capitals were outgunned in game one. They will now attempt to even the series before it heads back to Washington for games three and four.   More

  • Betcris.com The Vegas Golden Knights are one of the greatest stories in the history of sports. Less than one year ago they didn’t even have a roster. Now they have a team that won the Western Conference championship. And nobody is calling it a fluke. For the Washington Capitals their Eastern Conference championship exercised the post season demons of their failed past. Always a great regular season team the Caps would fold like a house of cards in the playoffs. But not this year. In one of the most intriguing Stanley Cup Final series in memory the Golden Knights and Caps open up with game one tonight!   More

  • Friday, May 25th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Final Odds Capitals vs Golden Knights Series

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com It has been a long time coming for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. When Ovechkin arrived as a rookie for the 2005-06 season he joined a team playing in a half empty building that was totally demoralized. The NHL was coming off a lockout season. Both the Caps and the league had reached rock bottom. But in short order “The Great Eight” led a resurgence that filled the building with all of the fans “rocking the red.” Yet through many highly successful regular seasons the playoffs were always a disaster. The Caps would always fall short. And Ovechkin bore the brunt of the blame. But no more. The Caps are in the Stanley Cup Final to face a remarkable first year expansion team. The Vegas Golden Knights are quite a story in their own right!   More

  • Betcris.com The Tampa Bay Lightning posted the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference. Their reward for that great 54-23-3-2 mark was home ice advantage for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Which is interesting in itself as home ice has not been much of an advantage so far in the NHL post season. But Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said it best. Cooper claims home ice only matters in game seven. Well game seven has arrived in the Eastern Conference Final. Tampa Bay is the host. The winner moves on to the Stanley Cup Final. The loser makes a painful and regretful retreat to the golf links.   More

  • Betcris.com The Winnipeg Jets have proven to be one of the most resilient teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their last series against the Nashville Predators they had the chance to clinch on their home ice in game six. But in that game the Jets fell flat and lost 4-0. That forced them to travel down to Nashville for a seventh and deciding game against the defending Western Conference champions. Winnipeg prevailed for the biggest and most important win in team history. Now that resiliency will be needed yet again. After a dominant 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights to open the Western Conference Final they lost the next two games.   More

  • Thursday, May 17th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Playoff Odds - Lightning vs Capitals Game 4 Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com It was do or die for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their game three Eastern Conference Final matchup at Washington against the Capitals. Despite being top seed and holding home ice in the firs two games the Lighting were down two games to none. Washington’s Capital One Arena was electric with anticipation. Finally, the Capitals were done choking and were ready to make the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. But then reality hit. Tampa Bay showed the character and ability that made them the best team in the Eastern Conference for the regular season. And now the Lighting can even the series at two games each with a win in game four on Thursday night.   More

  • Betcris.com A collection of castoffs and misfits that were discarded like garbage has come together for one of the greatest success stories in the history of major league sports. Starting with general manager George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant, including star players such as Marc Andre Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Alex Tuch and more, the Vegas Golden Knights were all kicked to the curb by other teams to end up together as Pacific Division champions. Now they face their biggest test yet in facing the deep and well-balanced Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Final.   More

  • Betcris.com The Vegas Golden Knights have had six days off to rest, relax, and keep toned up for their Western Conference Final series against the Winnipeg Jets. Vegas dispatched of the San Jose Sharks in six games and has been off since clinching on Sunday night. The Winnipeg Jets could not be in a more opposite position as they are coming off a Thursday night 5-1 game seven win at Nashville against the Predators. Unlike the Golden Knights the Jets must quickly recover from that pressure cooker and all of the extra travel that came with that series. Winnipeg hosts Vegas on game one Saturday night.   More

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Playoff Odds - Eastern Conference Final Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com How sweet it is! That is the emotion prevailing for the Washington Capitals and their long-suffering fans. Each spring the Caps enter the post season with high hopes and expectations only to suffer letdowns and blown opportunities. But not this time. For the first time in eight playoff series the Capitals exercised their ultimate demon and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins four games to two. Most impressive was that they clinched the series with a 2-1 overtime win at Pittsburgh for poetic justice. Yet the Caps have no time to celebrate. Next is a date in the Eastern Conference Final against the top seed Tampa Bay Lightning.   More

  • Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Odds Jets vs Predators Game 7 Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com It was all laid out for the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night. Home ice and a party atmosphere greeted them for their game six matchup against the Nashville Predators. Fresh off a dominant 6-2 win at Music City in game five on Saturday the Jets were set to clinch the series in front of their loud and boisterous home fans. Instead the Preds suffocated the life out of Winnipeg and the sellout crowd with a clutch 4-0 game six win. Now the series heads back to Nashville for the seventh, final and deciding game. The winner will move on to meet Vegas in the Western Conference Final. The loser heads to the links in bitter disappointment.   More

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018

    NHL Playoff Odds Bruins vs Lightning Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com Just three years ago the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Eastern Conference before running out of gas in the Stanley Cup Final with a four games to two loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The following year the Lightning were upset by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins four games to three in the Eastern Conference Final. But then incredibly enough last year the Bolts failed to make the playoffs. It was thought to be a potential blessing in disguise. The Lightning would be well rested, so went the theory, for this year’s playoffs. The wear and tear of the previous two deep playoff runs would no longer take their toll. And so far, they do appear fresh for another Stanley Cup run. Tampa Bay hosts Boston in game five of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.   More

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Odds Jets vs Predators Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com Incredibly enough last year the Nashville Predators made the Stanley Cup Final as Western Conference champions despite being the eighth and final seed in the West. This year they face the opposite potential irony. Having won the President’s Trophy as the best regular season team in the NHL the Predators are in peril of not getting out of the second round alive. Most costly was a game three 7-4 loss at Winnipeg in which the Preds blew a 3-0 lead. Nashville has been plagued by the inconsistent goaltending of Pekka Rinne. Just as important has been the strong play of the Winnipeg Jets.   More

  • Friday, May 4th, 2018

    NHL Odds Penguins vs Capitals Game 5 Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com The Pittsburgh Penguins were written off for dead two years ago when Mike Sullivan took over as head coach. Sullivan inherited a team that was considered past its prime and lacking the depth for a serious Stanley Cup playoff run. The Pens were floundering and without identity and Sidney Crosby was being suffocated. Sullivan quickly unleashed the team with more freedom and discovered that the Penguins still had Stanley Cup championship capability. Pittsburgh went on to win the Stanley Cup in both 2016 and 2017. Not only did Sullivan jump start their offensive talents but he gave them the confidence to win with then backup goaltender Matt Murray. Pittsburgh will face the Capitals at Washington on Saturday night.   More

  • Friday, April 27th, 2018

    Stanley Cup Playoff odds Bruins vs Lightning Game One Picks

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.com The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins have been on a collision course all season as Beast of the East. On the last night of the regular season all the Bruins needed was a win on home ice over the Florida Panthers to clinch top seed in the Eastern Conference. But Boston blew the game which meant that top seed in the East fell into the lap of the Lightning. Now the teams will meet in the best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal series to settle the score once and for all. The winner will move on to the Eastern Conference Final to meet the winner of the series between the Washington Capitals and two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.   More

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