Bodog.com has out its latest NHL lines, and no surprise here, but the Ducks are the favorite to repeat as Stanley Cup champs. The only surprise: The line. You can get the Ducks at 4-to-1. That ain't too bad.
The Panthers? 40-to-1 to win it all, just better than the Caps, Bruins, Isles of Capri, Oilers, Dogs and Hawks.
You can also bet on your favorite team to win the east or west title (depending on which conference said favorite team plays in. So you can't bet on the Panthers to win the west, unless you make a big stink. Then I'm sure they will take your money.)
Other things you can bet on: Odds to win the MVP (Sid the Kid is a virtual steal at 3/1), Vezina (Roberto the favorite at 11/2, Vokoun at 10/1) and Norris (Lidstrom at 4/1).
Now, I'm sure all of this is for entertainment purposes only.
-- If you actually make some money betting on hockey, perhaps you can deposit it at BankAtlantic. Come Saturday, the bank opens a branch in Inverrary (nice golf course) on Oakland Park Blvd. in Lauderhill by the Sea. To celebrate the grand opening, Stephen Weiss and Brett McLean will serve as special celebrity tellers from 2-4 on Saturday.
If I'm Weiss and Brett, I work the drive-thru. You can stall, take your time -- maybe flirt with some of the good looking tellers -- and no one will complain. Why? Because they are in their car, too lazy to come into the lobby and speak with a manager.
And if you do make a deposit, please don't forget your deposit slip. Tellers really don't like making one for you. Sometimes they get surly. And yell. And make fun of your balance. And ask you to please, please, take your business elsewhere. Like Bank of America. Or a credit union. Just leave.
-- Speaking of the Panthers, JM says Olesz's hand injury isn't serious (Olesz practiced today) and he should play Friday at Atlanta.
-- Vokoun in net tonight, expect him to go the whole way.
-- Speaking of fun, XM Radio says it's going to carry every game this season. They are boosting their play-by-play channels from six to nine so every game gets to be on.