USA NHL Internet Betting – Some Surprises to Look for in the 2012-2013 NHL Season

NHL Hockey Betting: Buffalo Sabres Notable Offseason Moves

The biggest surprise that the Best USA Online sportsbook experts foresee for the NHL 2012-2013 season is that there may not be a 2012-2013 season. The NHLPA and the owners are headed on another collision course that looks like it could result in another lockout. NHL revenues have skyrocketed in the past couple of years after a few years of dismal performance. The NHL lost major sponsors and significant television contracts in the last lockout. If the owners decide to lockout the players again, it could be the fans that turn their backs on the NHL.

Buffalo Buying a Winner?

The Buffalo Sabres were pretty quiet in free agency this summer. The online poker games played by the Sabres last summer resulted in some pretty terrible personnel decisions. This summer, the team brought on a couple of tough guys, but focused primarily on the young players it already has. Look for the Sabres to come out with more grit in 2012-2013 and make a splash in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Rangers Could Have It All Now

Last summer, the New York Rangers impressed the USA online betting world by landing prized free agent Brad Richards. The move made an immediate impact on the team as the Rangers became one of the powerhouses of the Eastern Conference. But in the playoffs, the Rangers lacked the toughness necessary to score those difficult goals in key games. This summer, the Rangers made another impressive move when it landed Rick Nash in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Rangers have to be considered a top Stanley Cup contender and could now have the single best team in the league.

Who Will Start in Goal in Pittsburgh?

It has become pretty obvious that the Pittsburgh Penguins are not impressed with the effort being given in the playoffs by goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury. It is Fleury’s inconsistent play that many USA Online sport betting experts point to as the post-season downfall of the Penguins. When the Penguins picked up journeyman goalie Tomas Vokoun in the offseason, fans started to wonder what was going on. It looks like the goaltending issue in Pittsburgh will remain an open topic until the season begins.

Will the Bruins Hand the Mantle to Tuukka?

To say that Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Tim Thomas’ sudden retirement was a shock is an understatement. But the reaction by the Bruins was even stranger. Instead of anointing Tuukka Rask as the starter, the Bruins ballooned its roster of goalies to a total of six, with none of them being over the age of 26. The results of this goalie search is a surprise that Bruins’ fans are not looking forward to.

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