The National Hockey League is one of the most entertaining major sports and attracts the attention of both fans and bookies every year. Hockey is huge in North America and Europe as well as in Eastern European countries.
This years current 2013-2014 season is barely starting, yet the first batch of lines have become available. These lines usually have better odds since they appear so early and give bettors a much higher edge than at any other time of the season. Current Stanley Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites to win the current season with odds ranging between 11/2 and 13/2.
With very similar odds, the Pittsburgh Penguins represent their main challenger to the title. Penguins also have odds of 9/4 to win the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, the San Jose Sharks and the Louis Blues both have odds of 7/1 to win the Western Conference.
This year's NHL season has caught much attention by bookies and punters alike. The league has suffered many setbacks including strikes and lock outs which have tarnished the otherwise clear image of the NHL. Interestingly enough, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the biggest money makers in hockey betting, even though they haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1967.