NHL Hockey Betting Primer by Trevor Whenham - 12/15/2006
I live in Western Canada. Unless you are here, you wouldn't realize how important hockey is to Canadians. College football barely registers, and it certainly doesn't get any time on sports talk radio or television sports shows. College basketball gets some attention in March, but that's it. The NFL is the second biggest sport, but it doesn't garner the same interest. Baseball only factors in when the Blue Jays are competitive (never, in other words), and only Steve Nash makes people care about the NBA.
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2006-2007 NHL Predictions by Trevor Whenham - 10/03/2006
The NHL season kicks off this week. While most bettors are concerned more about the NFL and college football right now, here at Doc's we are gearing up for a big season in the NHL. To start off the season, we will offer some 2006-2007 NHL predictions to start off the season.
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2006 Stanley Cup Final Preview by Trevor Whenham - 06/05/2006
Though the weather outside doesn't make you think about hockey, the Stanley Cup finals start tonight. The match-up must be a complete nightmare for Gary Bettman, the NHL's commissioner. Edmonton hasn't been a marquee team since Wayne Gretzky got traded to Los Angeles, and people don't exactly think of hockey when they hear North Carolina.
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Handicapping the NHL Western Conference: Starting Over by Trevor Whenham - 05/04/2006
The second round of the NHL Playoffs are about to begin. The Eastern Conference went exactly as expected in the first round as the top-ranked team beat the lower seeded team in each series, and rarely had to waste much effort in doing so. The Western Conference, on the other hand, is a complete mess.
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Look out for Detroit, Ottawa in Stanley Cup Playoffs by Greg Melikov - 05/01/2006
Detroit and Ottawa are favored to play for the Stanley Cup. They are the top seeds in the National Hockey League and almost equal betting favorites.
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2005/2006 Stanley Cup Overview: Western Conference by Christopher Shepard - 4/21/2006
A poet once who once said, "The West is the best" may as well have been describing the Detroit Red Wings; dominators of all things NHL this season. But it is playoffs time once again in the NHL's Western Conference and any of the seven other conference contenders will look to deny the Red Wings their date with destiny.
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2005/2006 Stanley Cup Overview: Eastern Conference by Christopher Shepard - 4/20/2006
The NHL embarks on the second leg of an exciting 2005/2006 season as the playoffs begin in high style this weekend with four exciting series taking place in the Eastern Conference. Included among the various ways of increasing your enjoyment of the sport is by wagering a few hard earned dollars on the new and improved NHL playoffs.
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2006 NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Race Outlook by Trevor Whenham - 03/23/2006
The Eastern Conference has three kinds of teams - those that were expected to be good and are -- like Ottawa and Philadelphia -- those that were expected to be good and aren't -- like Toronto -- and those that are completely surprising in their success -- like Carolina, Buffalo and the Rangers.
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2006 NHL Western Conference Playoff Race Outlook by Trevor Whenham - 03/23/2006
The end of the NHL regular season is less than a month away - April 17. That means that we are right in the middle of the fierce battle for playoff spots. Like most years in the Western Conference, the race is incredibly tight. Three teams - Detroit, Dallas and, surprisingly, Nashville, have virtually guaranteed a playoff berth.
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NHL Report - The Resurgent New York Rangers by Mike Hayes - 02/27/2006
The 80th Anniversary season of the New York Rangers has the makings of s special one as the Blue Shirts are not only bound for their first playoff berth since 1997 but are within shouting distance of the top record in the entire NHL.
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NHL Report -- Carolina Flying Under The Radar by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 02/27/2006
About three-fourths through the season, the Carolina Hurricanes are entrenched at the top of the Eastern Conference with 82 points and a 39-14-4 record. The new shootout format has been especially generous, as they have a 6-1 record in overtime this year. Although they have dominated thus far, many experts question whether this team has the talent and speed to win a championship. Coach Peter Laviolette seems to have this team on the right track and they have been playing team hockey the whole year.
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Doc's NHL Power Rankings, Dec. 28 by Max - 12/28/2005
The Nashville Predators asserted themselves atop the Western Conference with three impressive road wins including a big win in Calgary. The Preds, despite being undersized play a very physical style of hockey and dish out punishment on unexpecting opponents. They also have a proven goaltender in Thomas Vokoun, who has the ability to make point blank saves. He never gets frustrated with his performance and that gives him the ability to win games despite giving up an early goal.
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NHL Rule Changes Affect Hockey Betting by Mike Hayes - 10/12/2005
While most gamblers would bet on a cockroach race if they thought they could collect with any regularity the same cannot be said for wagering on the National Hockey League which attracts a very small percentage of the betting dollar. Significant rule changes, however, have resulted in significant changes in betting on hockey -- changes which might make wagering on NHL action a more attractive option in the future.
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Gretzky's Impact Reaches Beyond The Ice by Robert Ferringo - 10/06/2005
Wayne Gretzky has been expected to be a savior his entire life. At the age of 14, Gretzky was expected to revolutionize the game of hockey, saving it from the brutes and thugs that were overrunning it. He did.
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2005 NHL Predictions -- Sorting Out The New-Look NHL by Robert Ferringo - 09/06/2005
In the last 12 months the National Hockey League has undergone as massive of an overhaul as any sports league in the last half century. With revamped rules, a restructured salary system and a new television partner, professional hockey is the shell of the sport that locked its doors a year ago. The changes reflect the NHL's new mantra - more scoring, increased parity and cost certainty.
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How Will The Remodeled NHL Look? by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 09/01/2005
The NHL small revenue teams have reacted to the new contract terms by being very aggressive on the free agent market. Players from Peter Forsberg to Andrew Brunette transferred teams. It was surprising to me that Forsberg would take a deal quickly, considering he is the top player in the game and didn't get much from the Philadelphia Flyers at a little over $5 million a year.
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Full Renovation For NHL by Jeremy "Fastttalker" Bjornberg - 08/02/2005
When the NHL players and owners decided to take part in an absolute disaster of a holdout, I was full of optimism that the league would fix some of its many problems. The main problem was that the product was no longer fun to watch. Huge players and their constant holding and hooking caused the game to have very few exciting scoring chances. The success of teams like the New Jersey Devils caused many teams to also play a boring style of defense that put even the most ardent hockey fan to sleep.
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