Capitals favored over Wild, Blackhawks on latest Stanley Cup odds

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When it comes to Stanley Cup futures, understanding the distinction between being skilled enough and strong enough is important.

At the two-thirds mark of the regular season, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are atop both the standings and the 2017 Stanley Cup futures board. The Capitals are the +550 favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Goaltending likely isn’t going to be stumbling block for Washington, since goalie Braden Holtby is an all-star. However, teams built around a scoring winger such as Ovechkin often don’t get far.

Also of note, the team with the best regular-season record has won the Stanley Cup only four of 19 times in years when the NHL played an 82-game season. Only one of those instances has occurred during the salary cap era, which began in 2005-06.

The Minnesota Wild, the Western Conference leader, are listed at +700, and the time might be now to back them before their value drops. Minnesota might be better built for the playoffs than Washington with their top-two center-ice tandem of rejuvenated veteran Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu.

The Wild have one of the deepest forward groups in the league and could sail through the Central Division portion of the playoffs, given that the Chicago Blackhawks (+750) and St. Louis Blues (+3300) are underachieving.

No team has gone back-to-back during the cap era, but with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the middle, the Pittsburgh Penguins (+1000) will be heard from in the postseason. The Penguins also have a very good price at this point.

While there hasn’t been a repeat in nearly two decades, one deep playoff run does tend to begat another. Last season’s runner-up, the San Jose Sharks (+1400), could go deep again, especially with Brent Burns as their workhorse shutdown defenseman.

The Montreal Canadiens (+1400) are the highest Canadian team on the board. The Habs have regressed since they won 13 of their first 15 games this season. They rate a strong chance of advancing out of the Atlantic Division, where the second- and third-place teams consist of the overachieving, goalie-dependent Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have extraordinary young talent with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner but are probably too inexperienced to go deep this season.

Three of the last eight champions, including the 2016 Penguins, made a coaching change during the season. That means the way-off-the-board pick would be the Boston Bruins (+4000). Boston fired coach Claude Julien this week and replaced him with Bruce Cassidy. Their chances of making the playoffs were trending upward at the time of the coaching change and all-star goalie Tuukka Rask can be a difference-maker.

How to watch 2022 Notre Dame Hockey on Peacock: Schedule, live stream info, and more

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Notre Dame Hockey is coming to Peacock beginning this Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Fighting Irish host Northern Michigan in their home opener. Peacock will be the exclusive home of the entire 2022-23 Notre Dame hockey 17-game home schedule this season. See below for additional information on how to live stream every game throughout the season.

2022 Notre Dame Hockey Home Game Schedule:

Date Matchup Time (ET) Platform
Fri., Oct. 14 Northern Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sun., Oct. 16 Northern Michigan at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Oct. 21 Western Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Oct. 28 Michigan State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Oct. 29 Michigan State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Nov. 11 Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Nov. 12 Michigan at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Dec. 9 Penn State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Dec. 10 Penn State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Dec. 31 Alaska Fairbanks at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Sun., Jan. 1 Alaska Fairbanks at Notre Dame 5 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Jan. 13 Minnesota at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Jan. 14 Minnesota at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Jan. 27 Wisconsin at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Jan. 28 Wisconsin at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock
Fri., Feb. 10 Ohio State at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. Peacock
Sat., Feb. 11 Ohio State at Notre Dame 6 p.m. Peacock

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How to watch Notre Dame Hockey on Peacock:

Become a monthly or annual subscriber to Peacock Premium to watch all of our live sports and events, including Notre Dame hockey.

Select a Premium plan to get started or to upgrade your existing account. You can also visit peacocktv.com/account to change your existing plan at any time. With Peacock Premium, you can find live coverage of Notre Dame hockey in the Browse section of the Peacock apps and on PeacockTV.com.

Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a charge which will recur on a monthly or annual basis, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

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How to watch Boston Bruins vs NY Rangers: Live stream, TV channel, puck drop time for tonight’s game

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It’s the Bruins vs Rangers tonight on NBCSN. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. with NHL Live. See below for additional information on how to watch the game. Click here for the latest stats, scores, and division standings.

The Boston Bruins (8-1-2) currently lead the East division after sweeping the Philadelphia Flyers last week (Feb. 3 and Feb. 5). David Pastrnak has helped the Bruins climb to the top spot since returning to the lineup on January 30, after undergoing a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Sept. 16. The Bruins’ forward already has 5 goals and 3 assists in the 4 games he’s played in this season, making him third on the team in goals scored behind Brad Marchand (7 goals) and Patrice Bergeron (6 goals).

The New York Rangers (4-5-2) are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday night. The Rangers made 30 shots on goal but just could not get past Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov. Artemi Panarin currently leads the team in goals (5), points (15), and assists (10). Mika Zibanejad, who led the team with 41 goals last season, is still struggling to find the back of the net. The Rangers forward has just one goal on the season and one assist in his last eight games.

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Tonight will be the first of eight meetings between the Bruins and Rangers this season and will mark the 700th all-time meeting since these Original Six rivals first played against each other in 1926. Watch live online or with the NBC Sports App.

How to watch Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers:

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