NHL Props for the New Year

by David Woolf

As we approach the end of a very tumultuous 2016, there’s a good deal of folks wondering what’s on the horizon and whether the grass is going to be greener on the other side.

Sportsbooks are benefiting from our fascination and wonderment by offering us props relevant to the 2017 half of their 2016-17 NHL season.

BetWay is among the principal culprits and is offering three intriguing propositions for the second half. I’ve broken these down props and found the worth for you so that you won’t need to make it your New Year’s resolution to stop sports betting.Can an Original Six team win the Stanley Cup?

This particular one has the best possibility of cashing although I don’t love the value of at least one of these props. The Rangers, Canadiens and Blackhawks are all sitting in prime position to finish the season close to the very top of their various divisions and the Bruins look as they could also get into the play if Tuukka Rask keeps up his insane play.

Even if those teams make the playoffs, they will be just four of 16 teams vying for the Cup — providing an Original Six team a 25 percent chance to win. If the odds were fair, this brace would be paying out 4 to 1. I understand books have to shield themselves but I believe they’re being a bit greedy here.Will a goaltender win the Hart Memorial Trophy?

Carey Price accomplished this feat in 2015 so it is definitely possible. Nevertheless, there’s lots of factors going against the bidding for the MVP trophy this season.

Factor No. 1: There are too many very good goalies this season. Multiple crease occupiers like Devan Dubnyk and Sergei Bobrovsky are playing out of their heads right now, restricting the value of other goaltenders across the league. Those men’ numbers are similar to the ones being posted by Price and Rask this year so unless among those tendies breaks away from the pack in the second half, it’s not going to occur.

Factor No. 2: Sidney Crosby is backagain. Sid has been the poster boy to the NHL since he was drafted back in 2004 and when the league gets a opportunity to anoint its prince, it will. This was confirmed last year when Sid the Kid won the Conn Smythe despite Matt Murray carrying the Pens to the Cup as a rookie. Crosby is now leading the league in goals and also has a serious chance to win the Hart, Maurice Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies.

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