By Lewis Gould
After an upcoming training camp, NHL teams will arrive in one of two hub cities by July 23 or 24.
They’ll play one exhibition game before the postseason starts. And then, the NHL Playoffs will begin with qualifying rounds on July 30.
Fans of the Penguins, Flyers, and hockey betting in general now have a clear timetable for the NHL’s return. If everything stays on schedule, hockey action will return in just over a month.
Let’s take a look at NHL futures and all the other pertinent information to get you ready for the league’s return.
NHL training camps will begin July 10 in each team’s home facilities. Two weeks later, the teams will travel to one of two hub cities that have yet to be named. (That announcement is expected to be made within the next week.)
Teams are allowed to have 30 skaters and an unlimited number of goaltenders at training camp. A total of 28 skaters and unlimited goaltenders will be allowed on each team’s playoff roster. Players on injured reserve are not expected to count against the limit.
Although the NHL’s return is still a few weeks away, hockey futures are already live. Bettors can wager on the eventual NHL champion and also the winners of the upcoming play-in series.
At BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings Sportsbook, the Boston Bruins are the favorite to win the NHL’s title at +650.
The Flyers are the sixth favorite at +1000 and the Pittsburgh Penguins are ninth at +1600.
FOX Bet has a boosted wager featuring the regional teams that pays out +450 if the Flyers, Penguins, Rangers, or Islanders win the NHL Championship.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Flyers at +850 and the Penguins at +1800, so bettors are wise to shop around for the best pricing.