There is less than a month remaining in the National Hockey League regular season, and that means that the greatest hockey is yet to come. The Stanley Cup Playoffs deliver exciting and memorable moments every single year, but there is still plenty of reasons to watch before the playoffs begin. Playoff races are heating up in both conferences, and there will be some good teams sitting at home when the postseason begins. Now is a great time to start watching some hockey and figuring out your top betting options before the playoffs begin.
Who Wins the President’s Trophy?
The President’s Trophy is awarded to the team that racks up the most points during the regular season. It looks like the Boston Bruins are going to win the award this year, which might not be a good thing. There seems to be a “President’s Trophy Curse” taking over the NHL, and that could spell trouble for the Bruins. Perhaps another team will try to test fate and steal away the Trophy from the Bruins in the final weeks of the season.
Can the Blues Do it Again?
The St. Louis Blues came out of nowhere to win the Stanley Cup a season ago, and they are one of the favorites to win it again in 2020. St. Louis sits atop the Western Conference, and they continue to find some improbable ways to win. The Blues do have some stiff competition from the Colorado Avalanche, and that race will come down to the wire. It’s not easy to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup once, let alone twice, but the Blues are trying to accomplish the feat.
Who Wins the Scoring Title?
There are currently five players with at least 93 points this season, but one of them has already racked up 110 points on the year. It appears that the scoring title will go to Leon Draisitl of The Edmonton Oilers, who has come out of nowhere to take the league by storm. Teammate Connor McDavid has also racked up 96 points, and he could try to freeze him out in an effort to catch up. The goal scoring race is much closer as three players are right near 50 goals. David Pastrnak, Alexander Ovechkin and Auston Matthews could all win the race as we head into the final stretch.
Coaches on the Hot Seat
There will be several coaches that are coaching for a job heading into next season, and some of them are at premier franchises. Jeremy Colliton of the Chicago Blackhawks will miss the playoffs for the second straight season, and the seat is getting. Other coaches around the league will fall short of expectations as well, and it will be an interesting final few weeks of the season. There will be teams giving lackluster effort in hopes of seeing a changing at the guard, while other teams will be fighting to give their coach a new life. Plenty of things to think about in the final month of the season!