Devils Looking to Open with an NHL Betting Upset

Posted by: Charlie Smith
NHL 2016-17 Season New Jersey Devils vs. Florida Panthers

The online NHL betting season is kicking off and fans are preparing to become glued to their TV’s as another exciting season of hard-blows, cheap-shots, and crushing upsets is finally upon us. The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the season as the reigning champs, but the online NHL betting odds are still only giving them the second best chances to repeat. At the other end of the spectrum are the New Jersey Devils who face some of the worst odds of winning the title. The Devils will be coming into the 2016-17 season with +5050 odds to win the Stanley Cup, a long ways off from the +905 odds that the defending champs face. But there’s always a chance – no matter how slight it may be, that the Devils will shock the world and win this year’s title. New Jersey will get their first opportunity to make an impression when they open the season by facing the Florida Panthers in their season opener. The Panthers are a much better team and thus, are facing much better odds to open the season (+2450). Let’s see how much hockey betting sites are favoring the Panther’s in their 2016 debut.

Thursday, October 13th 2016

New Jersey Devils        +1 ½ (-245)    5 (+105)    +125
Florida Panthers            -1 ½ (+205)    5 (-125)    -145

Just as anticipated, the online NHL betting odds are siding with the Panthers. However, the margin isn’t gargantuan, and telling by the 1 ½ point spread, this contest could go either way.

The Devils will be anxious to get off to a strong start considering they haven’t qualified for the postseason since the 2011-12 season. Last year was the first season the Devils competed with John Hynes as their head coach and Hynes didn’t disappoint in his first year at the helm. Hynes was able to improve on New Jersey’s 2014-15 mild success and actually led his team to a winning record. If Hynes can continue to build on last year’s success then the Devils could be become a team not to be trifled with. Instrumental to achieving that goal will be New Jersey’s offseason acquisition of Taylor Hall. Hall was one of this offseason’s most coveted players and will be excited to play alongside a healthy Michael Cammalleri. The Devils struggled on offense last season and were last in the league in scoring with a measly average of 2.22 goals scored per game. Hall should be enough to raise that average, coupled with the return of Corey Schneider and the Devils could be delivering more than a handful of upsets this season.

The Panthers will do their best to not get upset on their opener. Being upset at home is certainly a horrible way to follow up one of the franchises most successful regular seasons. Regardless of their success in 2015-16, Florida had quite a busy offseason that included additions of Keith Yandle, Mark Pysyk, and James Reimer. They’ll be joining a roster that already included the likes of Aleksander Barkov, Jaromir Jagr, Vincent Trocheck and Aaron Ekblad. With so much talent on the ice, Florida should have little trouble making another run for the online NHL betting playoffs. The Panthers are certainly the better team, but we’ll have to see if they can prove it in their debut.