Anehein, CA (PressExposure) July 01, 2009 -- The NHL free-agent supermarket opens tomorrow and while some teams go on shopping sprees, some will look to maintain status quo.
As it stands, this yearâs Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings are the odds-on favorites to make a return to the Stanley Cup finals [http://www.sportsbetting.com/online-betting/nhl-hockey] and winâthe Wings are listed at +350.
After much handwringing, the Stanley Cup Finals 2009 has finally been released. The Detroit Red Wings will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.
This year's schedule is a bit strange in that it features game back-to-back days, a move that was likely done to appease NBC, who wanted to air the game on a weekend.
The National Hockey League has recently announced the schedule for the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, which will begin on Saturday, May 30. Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings will face the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Stanley Cup Finals 2009 Schedule
Game 1 â May 30th, Saturday @Detroit, 8:00 PM (NBC/CBC/RDS) Game 2 â May 31st, Sunday @Detroit, TBD (NBC/CBC/RDS) Game 3 â June 2nd, Tuesday @Pittsburgh, 8:00 PM (VERSUS/CBC/RDS) Game 4 â June 4th, Thursday @Pittsburgh, 8:00 PM (VERSUS/CBC/RDS) Game 5 â June 6th, Saturday @Detroit, 8:00 PM (NBC/CBC/RDS) Game 6 â June 9th, Tuesday @Pittsburgh, 8:00 PM (NBC/CBC/RDS) Game 7 â June 12th, Friday @Detroit, 8:00 PM (NBC/CBC/RDS)
The 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League began on April 15, 2009, after the 2008â09 regular season. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference (the winner of each of the three divisions plus the 5 teams with highest point totals from the teams remaining), play a best-of-seven series for the conference quarterfinals, semifinals and championships, and then the conference champions will play a best-of-seven series for the Stanley Cup. The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first appearance in the playoffs in their nine year history. Previously they had been the only franchise to have not made the playoffs.
With the free-agent frenzy tomorrow, futures odds are sure to change.
For more, check out NHL Hockey Betting [http://www.sportsbetting.com/online-betting/nhl-hockey].