NHL 2014-2015 Season Betting

The NHL 2014-2015 preseason season starts on Sept. 21st and Regular Season starts on Oct 8th 2014. Regular season ends on April 11th, 2015 and the Stanley Cup begins April 16th, 2015. The last possible day for the Stanley Cup Final is June 20th, 2015.

With the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, several rule changes took effect this season.

  • Officials no longer had to be certain that contact had been made with the hands (as opposed to the stick) in deciding whether or not to assess a slashing minor.
  • Making contact with the opponent's facemask will result in a minor penalty.
  • Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as a "Minor Penalty for Delay of Game - Face-off Violation."
  • Rule 67 has been changed to prevent players from getting a faceoff by putting their glove on the puck anywhere on the ice and not allowing play to continue. A minor penalty will be assessed for "closing his hand on the puck.

The Oilers had first choice to the draft and they grab Nail Yakupov making the first Russian-born player chosen No. 1 overall since Alex Overchkin back in 2004. Yakupov is an ethnic Tatar from the city of Nizhnekamsk, 500 miles east of Moscow.

Free Picks

Updated 2014 Stanley Cup Odds – Carey Price Out For Season

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Rangers Vs. Habs Eastern Conference Finals Series Preview & Picks

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Freeway Face-off Series – Bet The Kings vs. Ducks Game 7

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Bet Montreal vs. Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 Free Picks - Penguins Vs. Rangers

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Hockey Night In Canada From Boston - Habs vs Bruins Expert Pick

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2014 Stanley Cup Finals Odds Update

Let’s face facts before getting to the latest 2014 Stanley Cup Finals odds update. The last four champions are the best teams to bet on bar none. The only other team worth taking a chance on is the Montreal Canadiens, who are engaged in a bitter war with their most hated rivals. Carey Price has […] Read the rest of this entry »

2014-2015 Draft

Rank Country Picks Percent
. North America 144 68.6%
1 Canada 80 38.1%
2 United States 64 30.5%
  Europe 65 31.0%
3 Sweden 28 13.3%
4 Russia 13 6.2%
5 Finland 9 4.3%
6 Czech Republic 8 3.8%
7 Switzerland 2 1.0%
  Latvia 2 1.0%
9 Denmark 1 0.5%
. Germany 1 0.5%
. Slovakia 1 0.5%
. Oceania 1 0.5%
. Australia 1 0.5%

North American Draftees by State/Province

Rank State/Province Selections Top Selection
1 Ontario 35 Aaron Ekblad, 1st
2 Alberta 16 Conner Bleackley, 23rd
3 Minnesota 15 Ryan Collins, 47th
4 Quebec 11 Nicolas Aube-Kubel, 48th
5 Michigan 10 Dylan Larkin, 15th
. Massachusetts 10 Ryan Donato, 56th
7 British Columbia 8 Sam Reinhart, 2nd
8 New York 6 Sonny Milano, 16th
9 Saskatchewan 5 Haydn Fleury, 7th
10 Illinois 4 Christian Dvorak, 58th
11 Wisconsin 3 Nick Schmaltz, 20th
. Colorado 3 Dominic Turgeon, 63rd
13 Manitoba 2 Travis Sanheim, 17th
. New Jersey 2 Anthony DeAngelo, 19th
. California 2 Thatcher Demko, 36th
. Ohio 2 Alex Nedeljkovic, 37th
. Pennsylvania 2 Sam Lafferty, 113th
18 Nova Scotia 1 Mason McDonald, 34th
. Missouri 1 Ryan MacInnis, 43rd
. North Dakota 1 Alex Schoenborn, 72nd
. Indiana 1 Blake Siebenaler, 77th
. North Carolina 1 Josh Wesley, 96th
. Newfoundland and Labrador 1 Clark Bishop, 127th
. New Hampshire 1 Joey Dudek, 152nd
. Delaware 1 Dwyer Tschantz, 202nd