Hockey, much like baseball, has active participants at the trade deadline -- and this year was no different as the deadline passed on March 1. What hockey bettors want to know is how the events will impact the most active teams.
Detroit Looking Toward The Future
In an article I wrote here at SBR a couple weeks ago, it appeared Detroit was going to miss the playoffs for the first time in 26 years. When the trade deadline drew closer, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made the same observation and traded four assets for younger talent with an eye on the future. All wonderful things come to an end and Detroit took the right first steps. For NHL picks, the Red Wings have to be viewed as play against material.
Minnesota and Chicago Are Poised to Battle
In acquiring Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from Arizona, Minnesota for the first time in years has the offensive depth it needs in the center of the ice. The Western Conference is wide open, and while the Wild paid a steep price with draft picks, they believe this is their time. They should finish with the West's top seed.
Chicago added depth in Tomas Jurco and bringing back defenseman Johnny Oduya, who was part of Stanley Cup runs in 2013 and 2015. With the Blackhawks' pedigree and known for making the right moves, hockey bettors will be looking at Chicago's adjusted NHL odds going forward.