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Looking at the odds for the 2012-13 season and seeing where the smart money bets could be...For entertainment purposes, of course.


Gambling is a bad habit and all tips are for recreational and knowledge purposes only and shouldn’t be used in wagering of money.

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Puck Daddy had some of the bets you can make for the 2012-13 NHL season. Let’s look where we’d put our faith:

Atlantic Division - Odds to win New York Rangers +190
Pittsburgh Penguins +210
Philadelphia Flyers +250
New Jersey Devils +600
New York Islanders +1600
These odds are really good, showing why Vegas doesn’t often lose money. On paper the Rangers added Rick Nash and should be a formidable foe to repeat last season’s Atlantic Division championship. We’d agree to put the top 3 in about any order…Maybe just a homer move, but we’d take the Pens at +210. Seems as good a play as any. If you’re feeling really froggy, a few bucks on the upstart Islanders looks really tempting given the odds. It’s only 48 games, right?

Who will win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 4/1
Steven Stamkos (TB) 6/1
Alex Ovechkin (WAS) 13/2
Claude Giroux (PHI) 13/2
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 13/2
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 19/2
Brad Richards (NYR) 20/1
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 20/1
Eric Staal (CAR) 30/1
Phil Kessel (TOR) 30/1
Any Defenseman 30/1
Any Goaltender 5/1
Any Other Forward 11/5
With apologies to Crosby, we REALLY like Evgeni Malkin here. Malkin has been ripping up the KHL with 65 points in just 37 games- 23 goals and 42 assists. Compare that to Alex Ovechkin’s 40 points (19g, 21a) in 31 games for the same odds listed here. Malkin will have to compete and may split votes if Crosby stays healthy, but Crosby hasn’t done anything more than practice since April. Malkin has been playing games since September and is definitely in prime game shape. He should be flying to start the season, and don’t forget- Malkin won this award last year. To have him at these odds, to me, is a great bet.

Who will win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy Trophy as the NHL’s Top Goal Scorer?
Steven Stamkos (TB) 11/4
Alexander Ovechkin (WAS) 4/1
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 4/1
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 5/1
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 13/2
Rick Nash (NYR) 10/1
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 14/1
Corey Perry (ANA) 18/1
Phil Kessel (TOR) 18/1
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 25/1
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 30/1
John Tavares (NYI) 30/1
Taylor Hall (EDM) 30/1
James Neal (PIT) 35/1
Patrick Marleau (SJ) 35/1
Jeff Carter (LA) 40/1
Patrick Sharp (CHI) 40/1
Field (Any Other Player) 25/1
Stamkos is the favorite for good reason but Neal at 35 to 1? Neal’s a pure goal scorer capable of going on hot streaks, that might be worth a few bucks there. I also kind of like the “field” in case an Eric Staal or Jordan Eberle (he of 25 goals in 34 AHL games so far this season) has a big breakout. Again, your Stamkos’, Crosby’s, Malkin’s and Ovechkin’s are the top dogs because they’re the best goal scorers but down the line I like a couple of names.

Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman? Erik Karlsson (OTT) 4/1
Zdeno Chara (BOS) 9/2
Shea Weber (NAS) 13/2
Kris Letang (PIT) 7/1
Alex Pietrangelo (STL) 10/1
Ryan Suter (MIN) 10/1
Brian Campbell (FLA) 12/1
Dan Boyle (SJ) 12/1
Alexander Edler (VAN) 15/1
Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) 15/1
Dion Phaneuf (TOR) 20/1
P.K. Subban (MTL) 20/1
Keith Yandle (PHO) 22/1
Michael Del Zotto (NYR) 25/1
Tobias Enstrom (WPG) 25/1
Jack Johnson (CBJ) 30/1
Mark Giordano (CGY) 35/1
Mark Streit (NYI) 35/1
Field (Any Other Player) 9/1
Karlsson put up a ton of points in winning this award last year, he’s not a bad bet at 4/1. I see Mark Giordano on the list but I don’t see Drew Doughty…Did he OD on doughnuts during the lockout? (Byfuglien’s on there, btw). Anyways, Letang and Pietrangelo seem to be very well respected/fawned over in the national hockey media, I wouldn’t be surprised to see either of them put up big points and get a push. We’d advise staying away from Chara, who’s another year older and Weber who won’t have his buddy Suter anymore and think a younger guy like Karlsson, Letang, Pietrangelo or the field- mainly for Doughty if you can get it.

Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL’s top Goaltender? Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 4/1
Jonathan Quick (LA) 5/1
Pekka Rinne (NAS) 7/1
Ryan Miller (BUF) 8/1
Jimmy Howard (DET) 9/1
Cory Schneider (VAN) 12/1
Jaroslav Halak (STL) 12/1
Tuukka Rask (BOS) 12/1
Mike Smith (PHO) 15/1
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) 16/1
Martin Brodeur (NJ) 16/1
Cam Ward (CAR) 18/1
Carey Price (MON) 18/1
Roberto Luongo (VAN) 18/1
Niklas Backstrom (MIN) 20/1
Braden Holtby (WAS) 25/1
Kari Lehtonen (DAL) 35/1
Craig Anderson (OTT) 40/1
Ondrej Pavelec (WPG) 40/1
Semyon Varlamov (COL) 40/1
Devan Dubnyk (EDM) 50/1
Field (Any Other Player) 33/1
Luongo could be a wildcard depending on where he ends up- if he goes to Toronto and has a great year to lead them into the playoffs, you know the Canadian media will push him hard. It’s a short season, so at 18 to 1, I like those odds, even if the part about Luongo leading Toronto to the playoffs is the shaky part of this whole proposition.

Who will win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s points leader? Sidney Crosby (PIT) 11/4
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 5/1
Steven Stamkos (TB) 5/1
Alex Ovechkin (WAS) 6/1
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 8/1
Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 14/1
Claude Giroux (PHI) 18/1
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 18/1
John Tavares (NYI) 18/1
Brad Richards (NYR) 20/1
Rick Nash (NYR) 28/1
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 30/1
Phil Kessel (TOR) 30/1
Martin St. Louis (TB) 35/1
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 35/1
Corey Perry (ANA) 40/1
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 40/1
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 40/1
Jason Spezza (OTT) 40/1
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 40/1
Eric Staal (CAR) 45/1
Joe Thornton (SJ) 45/1
Zach Parise (MIN) 45/1
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) 50/1
James Neal (PIT) 55/1
Mikko Koivu (MIN) 55/1
Jordan Eberle (EDM) 85/1
Patrick Sharp (CHI) 85/1
Anze Kopitar (LA) 100/1
Jarome Iginla (CAL) 100/1
Field (Any Other Player) 25/1

Crosby had a sick points/game last year and easily would have won the scoring title had he played enough games. With only 48 games, that’s a lesser chance for him to miss time. But since I advocated about for Malkin, and again Malkin scored 65 points in 37 games so far this season so you can’t go wrong at 5 to 1 odds with him either.

Pittsburgh Penguins Regular Season Points: 61½
Pittsburgh Penguins to make the playoffs? Yes -1000 No +600
This amount, by the way, is higher than the Rangers 60 point plus/minus, which is interesting, since the Rangers have better odds to win the division. The playoffs bet seems like free money if you feel like taking the small odds, but with so little to gain, I can’t really advice dumping a lot into that. I’d probably take the under on 61.5, just because it’s going to be so intense and such a competitive season when every team will be in the mix with 10-15 games left to go.

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