Opening night in the NHL this season takes place on Oct. 7th, which is less than two weeks away.
Our long national nightmare of darkness and drought has ended.
It's hockey time!
The 2022 NHL preseason began this past weekend. All teams will have taken to the ice at least once as of today. For hockey fans, this means we have action for the next nine months. For bettors, this means an opportunity to make a few wagers, and (hopefully) make some money.
Indeed, the 2022-23 NHL regular season is on the horizon. Training camps began weeks ago. At least for now, there's new hope inside every arena and locker room.
It should be noted that this year's slate of preseason games will be much shorter than usual. This is due to the longer schedule from last season and playoffs which ended in late June as well as the NHL Draft being pushed back a bit mostly due to the interruption of other hockey events, such as the Olympic Games. Opening night in the NHL this season takes place on Oct. 7th, which is less than two weeks away.
The upcoming season will be the first "normal" season in the NHL since the 2018-19 season (barring any other unforeseen issues). There's no break for the Olympics and hopefully no delays/cancellations due to COVID-19. Each team will play a full, 82-game schedule that begins in October and runs until April, with only the All-Star break in between to give the season its traditional mid-season break.
The Colorado Avalanche are the defending champions after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final in six games in 2022. The Avs enter the season as odds on favourites to win the Cup again at Spreads.ca.
Here's a look at the futures odds on all NHL teams as the preseason gets underway: