NHL Betting – Key Dates Preview
The 2013-14 NHL season is going to be unusually busy. Yes, there’s the regular concoction of games but there’s also a break for the Olympics and a heavy dose of outdoor games (likely making up for missing them because of the lockout last season).
Here’s a rundown of the most important dates:
Tuesday, October 1st – Opening Night
We’ll get to evaluate some real, live NHL odds for three games as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens, the Washington Capitals visit the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets visit the Edmonton Oilers.
Monday, November 11th – Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Friday, November 29th – NBC Begins Coverage
The NBC will start their 2013-14 NHL coverage the day after American Thanskgiving. They’ll broadcast the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins at 1:00 PM ET.
Wednesday, January 1st - 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
People who handicap hockey and make NHL picks should note that we’ll have six outdoor regular season games this year. The Winter Classic will be the first on New Year’s Day when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Detroit Red Wings. The game will be played at Michigan Stadium.
Various Dates – Coors Light Stadium Series
We’ll see four more outdoor NHL games between January 25th and March 1st as part of the Coors Light Stadium Series. They are as follows:
January 25th – Anaheim Ducks @ Los Angeles Kings (Dodger Stadium)
January 26th – New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils (Yankee Stadium)
January 29th – New York Rangers @ New York Islanders (Yankee Stadium)
March 1st – Pittsburgh Penguins @ Chicago Blackhawks (Soldier Field)
February 9th-25th – Olympic Break
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will cause a pause in the 2013-14 NHL season as many of the players head to Russia to represent their countries. The NHL will get back to business on February 26th.
Sunday, March 2nd – Time Hortons NHL Heritage Classic
The Ottawa Senators will visit the Vancouver Canucks in the final outdoor game of the year in the Heritage Classic. This game will be placed at B.C. Place.
Wednesday, March 5th – NHL Trade Deadline
There’s always a flurry of moves before the NHL trade deadline and this year, it’s on Wednesday, March 5th. It’s a bit of an odd spot as it’s just one week after the Olympic break ends. The break might give more time for general managers to think about whether they’re buying or selling.
Sunday, April 13th – Last Day Of Regular Season
If the previous couple of seasons have been any indication, playoff spots will be going down to the wire.
Tuesday, April 15th – NHL Draft Lottery
Wednesday, April 16th – Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin
Keep in mind that the new realignment is in effect this season. There are now 16 teams in the Eastern Conference and 14 in the West. Playoff qualification is mostly division-based, which means that the top three finishers in each division earn a playoff spot. The remaining two spots in each conference are wild cards, which will go to the next two teams with the most points.