September 11 2014 10:03AM
With this quite possibly being our final show before we're blessed with training camps and preseason hockey to overanalyze, we spent our last thread of downtime parsing through the Over/Under lines for team point totals as set by Bovada.
There certainly appear to be a handful of teams that are either sorely undervalued or overvalued by the oddsmakers. Pounce on that while you still can.
Before closing, we spent some time answering an instructive question from a listener of the show about how you can apply analytics to help sniff out trends that'll help you draft the best possible fantasy hockey team in the coming weeks.
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September 10 2014 05:24PM
The Colorado Avalanche had a season to remember in 2013-14. After finishing with the league’s second worst record in the lockout shortened season, they played to a 52 win season which won the Central Division and placed them third overall in the NHL. Moving up 26 spots is impressive, but expectations heading into 2014-15 are at an all-time high.
September 10 2014 09:16AM
The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon.
Another harbinger that makes that realization feel more tangible? Bovada has released their over/under lines for team point totals this coming season.
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September 09 2014 09:58AM
From a distance it looks like the Chicago Blackhawks had a quiet offseason, but they might have made the two biggest signings this summer, inking both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to eight year contracts. Those deals will not kick-in until next season, but will keep two of the NHL’s top players in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.
September 08 2014 01:17PM
Our western conference preview continues with a focus on the Winnipeg Jets. This is the Jets' fourth season in Winnipeg after relocating from Atlanta, and they've missed the playoffs all three seasons. They finished with 84 points in 2012 and 2014, and 51 during the shortened 2013 season.
They missed the playoffs by eight points in 2012 and four points in 2013 while skating in the eastern conference. They moved to the west last year and ended up in 11th spot, seven points out of the playoffs.
They Jets don't need a massive improvement to make the postseason, but there is one glaring reason why they will could struggle to make the playoffs; Goaltending.