2021 NHL Season Dates, Improved Teams, Breakout Candidates
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
2021 NHL Season – We are all aware of the incomplete 2020 NHL season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This situation canceled games five months before their last date. But, a fresh start is all set to arrive as teams have prepared for a better season next year. Betting on NHL has been an issue for bettors and many fans as they were unable to do much. Finally, NHL has come up with new dates. This will silence a long break. January 1st is the date set for the 2020-21 regular season. There might not be a better way for NHL fans to kick start a New Year after all the troubles 2020 has offered.
MLB Opted for a Shorter Season
Despite settling for a date, it might be challenging to have all 82 games. Like MLB, the season will have 60 games instead. If Major League Baseball worked out well with a short season, the 2021 NHL season can stand the same chance. Sixteen members from the NHLPA have been planning to make this happen so fans and players will not be disappointed. The NHLPA and National Hockey League have been in a couple of discussions to make this successful. Players need to consider several factors and border rules when traveling to Canada.
Top 2020-21 Breakout Candidates
There has been a list of breakout candidates from the 2020-21 season and few of them have topped the list. Washington Capitals goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov has been one of those candidates that holds the 59th rank in the NHL. Samsonov was unable to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs due to his injury. Despite his injury, his impressive performance did not go unnoticed. Victor Olofsson from the Buffalo Sabres was alongside Denis Gurianov for second in goals and he holds the 104th rank in the NHL. Gurianov has also been impressive even after playing his regular season in the second or third line mostly.
The overall performance shone for defenseman Charlie McAvoy from the Boston Bruins. There have been a couple of goalkeepers that topped the list. Elvis Merzlikins was the other goalie from the Columbus Blue Jackets to make an appearance in the Breakout Candidates list. Kailer Yamamoto was noted for scoring 11 goals and 15 assists in his overall performance for the Edmonton Oilers.
Top Three Improved Teams
While the regular season was unable to take its complete course. There has been a list of teams that have improved in the offseason. Several options are on the list, but Montreal Canadiens have been one of those teams that have certainly developed. Montreal defeated Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and they are all set to cause damage in the upcoming regular-season games.
New Jersey Devils have been decent with their percentage and their overall performance. The Devils have equally improved, but Detroit Red Wings are also mentioned as one of those improved teams in the offseason. NHL Betting will resume right from day one of an action-packed 2021 NHL season.