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NHL 2015-2016 Season Betting

The 2015–16 NHL season is the 99th season of operation (98th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL). Thirty teams compete in 82-game regular season schedules prior to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The regular season began on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, and is scheduled to end on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Salary cap

In December 2014, commissioner Gary Bettman told teams that he projected the salary cap to increase to at least $73 million for the 2015–16 season, citing the fluctuating value of the Canadian dollar. The cap was ultimately set at $71.4 million.

Rule changes

Rule changes approved by the NHL Board of Governors on June 24, 2015, include:

  • 3-on-3 overtime: Overtime during the regular season will now have three skaters per side, instead of the 4-on-4 overtime system that had been used since 1999–2000.[4] However, if there are carry-over penalties from the third period to overtime, a side is still guaranteed to have at least three skaters and the man-advantage will be adjusted accordingly (e.g. a 5-on-4 power play at the end of regulation will be converted to a 4-on-3 one at the start of overtime).[3] The Board of Governors implemented 3-on-3 overtime to help decrease shootouts.
  • Expanded video review with coach's challenge: Video review has been expanded to include a coach's challenge, similar to the system used by the NFL since 1999:
  • Like the NFL, each challenge will require the use of a team's timeout. If the challenge is successful, the timeout is restored.
  • Teams may only challenge the following situations:
  • Whether a goal called on the ice should have been disallowed because the attacking team was offside or interfered with the goaltender.
  • Whether a disallowed goal, called on grounds of goalkeeper interference, should instead be overturned because either:
  • The attacking player was actually pushed or fouled by a defender into the goalie.
  • The attacking player's position in the crease did not actually impair or impact the goalie's play.
  • Inside the final minute of regulation, and during overtime, all reviews that would otherwise be subject to the coach's challenge will instead be initiated by the NHL's Situation Room in Toronto.
  • All reviews that are subject to the coach's challenge will be conducted by the on-ice officials on an ice-level tablet monitor instead of the Situation Room.
  • All reviews involving whether the puck entered the net will still be initiated by the Situation Room.
  • New faceoff rule: During faceoffs not at center-ice, the player who is on the defensive side of the red line will now be required to put his stick down first.[3] For faceoffs at the center-ice dot, the visiting player will still be the first one to place down his stick. This rule change, giving the attacking team a slightly better advantage during most faceoffs (as opposed to giving this advantage to the home team all the time), is intended to help increase puck-possession time and potentially more goals.





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    2015-2016 NHL SEASON
    League National Hockey League
    Sport Ice hockey
    Duration October 7, 2015 – April 10, 2016
    Number of games 82
    Number of teams 30
    REGULAR SEASON
    Presidents' Trophy TBD
    Presidents' Trophy TBD
    Season MVP TBD
    Season MVP TBD
    Top scorer TBD
    PLAYOFFS
    Eastern champions TBD
    Eastern champions TBD
    Western TBD
    champions
    Playoffs MVP TBD
    STANLEY CUP
    Champions TBD
    NHL SEASONS
    2014 - 15 2016 - 17

    Top 3 (Atlantic Division)

    POS TEAM GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD PTS
    1 Florida Panthers 53 31 16 6 26 148 119 +29 68
    2 Tampa Bay Lightning 52 29 19 4 27 140 126 +14 62
    3 Boston Bruins 52 28 28 6 24 155 138 +17 62

    Columbus Blue Jackets


    Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)

    POS TEAM GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD PTS
    1 Washington Capitals 51 38 9 4 35 169 115 +54 80
    2 New York Rangers 53 30 18 5 27 153 137 +16 65
    3 Pittsburgh Penguins 52 27 18 7 26 139 135 +4 61

    Cource: National Hockey League


    Eastern Conference Wild Card

    POS DIV TEAM GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD PTS
    1 AT Detroit Red Wings 53 27 18 8 26 134 134 0 62
    2 ME New York Islanders 51 27 18 6 24 130 130 +16 60
    3 ME New Jersey Devils 54 26 21 7 24 128 128 -6 59
    4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 54 24 21 9 24 144 144 -14 57
    5 AT Montreal Canadiens 54 26 24 4 22 144 144 +3 56
    6 AT Ottawa Senators 54 25 23 6 21 170 170 -13 56
    7 ME Philadelphia Flyers 51 23 19 9 21 138 138 -15 55
    8 AT Buffalo Sabres 53 21 26 6 20 143 143 -22 48
    9 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 51 19 23 9 14 145 145 -23 47
    10 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 54 21 28 5 18 170 170 -32 47

    Updated to game(s) played on February 8, 2016. Source: National Hockey League


    Top 3 (Central Division)

    POS TEAM GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD PTS
    1 Chicago Blackhawks 56 36 16 4 35 159 128 +31 76
    2 Dallas Stars 53 33 15 5 31 172 144 +28 71
    3 St. Louis Blues 55 30 17 8 27 135 132 +3 68

    Source: National Hockey League


    Top 3 (Pacific Division)

    POS TEAM GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD PTS
    1 Los Angeles Kings 51 31 17 3 29 137 115 +18 65
    2 San Jose Sharks 51 27 20 4 25 149 137 +10 58
    3 Anaheim Ducks 51 25 19 7 23 139 115 -8 57

    Source: National Hockey League


    Western Conference Wild Card

    POS DIV TEAM GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD PTS
    1 CE Nashville Predators 53 25 20 8 23 138 140 -2 62
    2 CE Colorado Avalanche 55 27 24 4 26 149 152 -3 60
    3 CE Minnesota Wild 52 23 20 9 23 127 128 -1 59
    4 PA Arizona Coyotes 52 24 22 6 23 139 162 -23 57
    5 PA Vancouver Canucks 52 20 20 12 16 124 145 -21 56
    6 PA Calgary Flames 51 23 25 3 22 135 150 -15 56
    7 CE Winnipeg Jets 52 23 26 3 23 136 152 -16 55
    8 PA Edmonton Oilers 54 21 28 5 17 136 165 -29 48

    Updated to game(s) played on February 8, 2016. Source: National Hockey League