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January 07, 2013

WANNA BET? NHL Odds for 2013

Courtesy of Bovada.lv

Odds to win the 2013 Stanley Cup

Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1
New York Rangers 17/2
Vancouver Canucks 9/1
Los Angeles Kings 12/1
Philadelphia Flyers 12/1
Chicago Blackhawks 14/1
Boston Bruins 16/1
Detroit Red Wings 16/1
St. Louis Blues 16/1
Minnesota Wild 18/1
San Jose Sharks 20/1
Carolina Hurricanes 22/1
Washington Capitals 22/1
Buffalo Sabres 25/1
Edmonton Oilers 25/1
Nashville Predators 28/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 28/1
Montreal Canadiens 30/1
New Jersey Devils 30/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 30/1
Anaheim Ducks 40/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
Dallas Stars 40/1
Florida Panthers 40/1
Ottawa Senators 40/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1
Calgary Flames 50/1
Winnipeg Jets 50/1
New York Islanders 66/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1

Odds to win the 2013 NHL Eastern Conference

Pittsburgh Penguins 4/1
New York Rangers 19/4
Philadelphia Flyers 7/1
Boston Bruins 15/2
Carolina Hurricanes 11/1
Buffalo Sabres 12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 12/1
Washington Capitals 12/1
New Jersey Devils 15/1
Montreal Canadiens 16/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 16/1
Florida Panthers 20/1
Ottawa Senators 20/1
Winnipeg Jets 28/1
New York Islanders 33/1

Odds to win the 2013 NHL Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks 9/2
Chicago Blackhawks 6/1
Los Angeles Kings 6/1
St. Louis Blues 7/1
Detroit Red Wings 15/2
Minnesota Wild 9/1
San Jose Sharks 12/1
Edmonton Oilers 14/1
Nashville Predators 14/1
Anaheim Ducks 18/1
Dallas Stars 20/1
Phoenix Coyotes 20/1
Colorado Avalanche 22/1
Calgary Flames 28/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1

A NEW WEEK: #FlaPanthers Ready to Move On, Get Things Going

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For the past four months, a handful of Florida Panthers have gone back in time, working out at the team's original practice rink in Lighthouse Point.

Although the ice is fine, the conditions at Glacier Ice Arena are threadbare compared to what NHL players have grown accustomed to.

Players had showers but no hot tub or whirlpool to help with minor injuries. They had an equipment manager, but old equipment. Instead of having a host of coaches on ice to keep things moving, the locked out Panthers hired local youth coach Vlad Cheremeta for motivation.

Those days are almost over as the Panthers are readying to move back to their multi-million dollar complex in Coral Springs later this week after the two sides came to an agreement to end the lengthy NHL lockout on Sunday.

"Everyone is excited about getting back to normal, getting back to hockey,'' forward Peter Mueller said. "We're ready to start the season off right. One of the good things about coming down here and spending time here was getting to know so many of the guys. We've built some chemistry and that's nice.''

Mueller never received new equipment from the Panthers before the NHL lockout went into affect on Sept. 16.

His black gloves, leftovers from his days with the Colorado Avalanche, have holes worn through the leather. The chin strap on his Colorado-issued helmet doesn't have much life left in it at all. And the smell coming from those gloves, Mueller says, is indescribable.

"It's going to be nice to finally get decked out in some Florida Panthers gear,'' Mueller said. "It will be nice to finally have some towels when we're done showering.''

Because the new collective bargaining agreement hasn't been signed by ownership nor the players, the Panthers who are in South Florida remain in practice facility limbo.

They packed up their stuff after Monday's workout not knowing where Tuesday's would be.

Even though many NHL players returned to their team's training facilities on Monday -- management from the Wild watched their players go through workouts in Minnesota -- Florida's players will practice at Glacier again on Tuesday.

"I'm more excited to see the trainers every day, crack some jokes with them,'' Tomas Kopecky said. "It's going to be fun to see everyone around the rink, the ushers on game day. We talk to them a lot. You don't appreciate the whole routine during the season until you lose it.''

The NHL's Board of Governors is expected to vote on ratifying the new CBA on Wednesday with the players thought to give their approval around the same time. Once the deal is signed, players will be free to return to their facilities and work with team personnel once more.

The Panthers are expected to open training camp at their $10-million Iceplex in Coral Springs on Friday with physicals and other testing. The first on-ice practice would be Saturday morning.

A 50 or 48-game schedule is expected to be released by the league once the CBA is ratified. The Panthers are said to be opening the 2013 season in Sunrise on Jan. 19.

"This was a long four months, but we've taken care of the business,'' Kopecky said. "Now it's time to play hockey.''


The Panthers invited winger Marek Svatos to training camp according to a Twitter post from agent Rich Evans on Monday afternoon. Florida spokesman Justin Copertino said the team has not offered up camp invitations.

Svatos, 30, didn't play last season because of various injuries. He missed the final few games with Nashville in 2010-11 after suffering a concussion. He scored four goals in 28 games with the Predators and Senators that season. Svatos scored 32 goals with the Avalanche as a rookie in 2005-06 and 26 two seasons later.

-- Stephen Weiss and Ed Jovanovski both said they were happy the lockout was close to being over and hoped fans would be quick to put the labor strife in the past.

"The game is bigger than all this,'' Weiss said. "This will all blow over. It's obviously not a positive thing for our sport right now but this is a great game with great people and players involved. It'll go on. It'll succeed and grow. Hopefully people come and support it because it's a great game.''

Said Jovanovski: "We apologize to the fans as far as how tough this is. We had a pretty successful year for this franchise and got some respectability back. .-.-. I hope they understand there is a business side to every sport. This had to be taken care of.''

A NEW WEEK: #FlaPanthers Ready to Move On, Get Things Going

A NEW WEEK: #FlaPanthers Ready to Move On, Get Things Going

A NEW WEEK: #FlaPanthers Ready to Move On, Get Things Going