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Commissioner Gary Bettman Hints at 24-Team Return for NHL

Written by:
Dan Shapiro
Published on:
May/18/2020

National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Betman is looking for a return to play with 24 teams at two selected hubs.  The NHL, like most sports, halted due to a worldwide pandemic.  BetOnline continues to offer NHL futures bets.

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Bettman held a virtual fireside chat Monday with sports business conference Leaders Week and confirmed the league is considering “probably eight or nine different places” that can accommodate “a dozen or so teams in one location,” according to NHL.com.

Edmonton, Alberta, Dallas, Toronto, the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota), Vancouver, British Columbia and Las Vegas are among the cities under consideration.

“Do we complete the regular season when we’re given the opportunity?” Bettman said. “Do we do an abbreviated regular season, because our competitive balance is so extraordinary, it’s hard to tell how the season would have ended? Do we go right to the playoffs and in what form? 

“And if we’re not playing in front of fans, which at least in the short term seems (likely), do we do it in a centralized location or locations? And if so, what places what might be suitable from a COVID-19 standpoint in terms of the communities that you’re in and how big the outbreak is? And what is the availability of testing? And so that requires a collaboration with our medical advisers.” 

A return-to-play plan is anticipated by week's end.

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Odds To Win 2020 NHL Stanley Cup (TBA) 

 

 

 

Team 

American 

Fractional 

Decimal 

Boston Bruins 

+650 

13/2 

7.50 

Tampa Bay Lightning 

+650 

13/2 

7.50 

Colorado Avalanche 

+1000 

10/1 

11.0 

Vegas Golden Knights 

+1000 

10/1 

11.0 

St. Louis Blues 

+1100 

11/1 

12.0 

Washington Capitals 

+1100 

11/1 

12.0 

Philadelphia Flyers 

+1300 

13/1 

14.0 

Pittsburgh Penguins 

+1300 

13/1 

14.0 

Dallas Stars 

+1500 

15/1 

16.0 

Edmonton Oilers 

+2000 

20/1 

21.0 

Toronto Maple Leafs 

+2000 

20/1 

21.0 

Carolina Hurricanes 

+2400 

24/1 

25.0 

Calgary Flames 

+2700 

27/1 

28.0 

Minnesota Wild 

+3000 

30/1 

31.0 

Nashville Predators 

+3000 

30/1 

31.0 

Vancouver Canucks 

+3200 

32/1 

33.0 

New York Islanders 

+3300 

33/1 

34.0 

Arizona Coyotes 

+4000 

40/1 

41.0 

New York Rangers 

+4000 

40/1 

41.0 

Winnipeg Jets 

+5500 

55/1 

56.0 

Columbus Blue Jackets 

+6600 

66/1 

67.0 

Florida Panthers 

+6600 

66/1 

67.0 

Anaheim Ducks 

+15000 

150/1 

151.0 

Chicago Blackhawks 

+15000 

150/1 

151.0 

Buffalo Sabres 

+15000 

150/1 

151.0 

Montreal Canadiens 

+20000 

200/1 

201.0 

Los Angeles Kings 

+25000 

250/1 

251.0 

San Jose Sharks 

+27500 

275/1 

276.0 

New Jersey Devils 

+30000 

300/1 

301.0 

Ottawa Senators 

+40000 

400/1 

401.0 

 
 

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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