The first big move
before the NHL trade deadline came down this week when the Ottawa
shipped Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to the Los Angeles Kings in
Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore. It wasn’t a blockbuster, but it will
help the Kings clean up play in their own end. Los Angeles sits three
out of a playoff spot and that trade could kick off a number of deals
Western Conference contenders load up for the stretch run.
Senators fans and bettors this trade doesn’t do anything to help the
immediately. Gaborik is past his prime and Shore is a 25-year-old who
getting his feet wet in the NHL. If anything, this move makes the over
more tempting as the Senators play out the schedule. Ottawa has played
total in four games in a row.
The Toronto Raptors
have won six games in a row to climb to the top of the Eastern
standings, but oddsmakers still aren’t buying into this team on NBA
Despite the fact that the Raps own blowout wins over the Cleveland
and the Boston Celtics, LeBron James and the Cavs still sit at the top
Eastern Conference odds board at +120, followed by the Celtics at +240.
checks in at third spot at +310.
The Olympic Athletes
from Russia (OAR) suffered an early setback in the men’s hockey
they were upset by Slovakia in their first game. Team USA also dropped
opening game, an overtime loss to Slovenia, so we could see some
changes to the
odds board. OAR was listed as a +188 favourite to win the tournament,
Canada at +254 and Team USA not far behind. If ever there was an
hockey tournament that’s ripe for upsets, this is it. Without NHL
the roster, coaching and tactics will be even more important than
these teams in their first games and you might be able to find a
squad to make you a few bucks.
On the women’s side of
the Olympic hockey picture, things are going as expected with Team
Team USA rolling along with unbeaten records. Team USA is a -128
Team Canada at -108 for Wednesday’s preliminary matchup.