Books Continue to Adjust for Free Agents ; NHL Scrambling with Four Weeks Left

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Books adjust to Free Agent Frenzy
By VI News
VegasInsider.com

 

The 2015 NFL regular season doesn’t begin until early September but the league continues to get major attention during the offseason.

The opening of free agency on March 3 opened with a bang and the moves drew a lot of attention at Sportsbook.ag, a major offshore betting shop.

Senior Betting Consultant Matt James of Sportsbook.ag provided all the details at their betting counter.

He explained, “We don’t remember a day like this where the Super Bowl betting market saw so much change in a short period of time.”

With the numerous trades and acquisitions, James provided a breakdown of the main market moves for each club.

Seattle – Seahawks acquired tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans

James said, “Nobody saw that coming, and we immediately moved from +750 to +650 on the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl, which is a pretty decent size move on an NFL future in March! At
+650, we booked enough action to move us further down to +600 and even at that price, our bettors couldn’t get enough on the Seahawks forcing us to further move it down to +550. So
with that on acquisition, the Seahawks moved from +750 all the way down to +550, again a very significant move on the Super Bowl odds in the middle of March.”

Indianapolis – Free Agent Pick Ups

“Another team that we moved significantly was the Colts. Their acquisitions of defensive end Trent Cole from Philadelphia, along with reports of them signing both Frank Gore and Andre
Johnson, saw their Super Bowl odds go down from 15/1 to 12/1 to eventually 10/1, all those adjustments happening yesterday in about a four-hour span,” said James.

There were also three teams that saw their odds raised and James offered his thoughts on each spike up or down.

Eagles from 25/1 to 30/1
James – Trading for Sam Bradford and inheriting his $11million salary?…although rumors they are looking to use Bradford to trade up the draft to grab Mariota.

49ers from 25/1 to 40/1
James – As their team, especially their defense, has been decimated with both Justin Smith and Patrick Willis retiring. They have new Head Coach, no more Frank Gore, and we believe far
too many changes for this team to be competitive this upcoming season.

Jets from 100/1 to 75/1
Their signing of cornerback Darrelle Revis, which could hurt the organization long-term, moved from their number down.

Odds listed below per Sportsbook.ag

Odds to win Super Bowl L (2/7/16)

Seattle Seahawks 6/1
New England Patriots 13/2
Green Bay Packers 7/1
Denver Broncos 10/1
Indianapolis Colts 10/1
Dallas Cowboys 15/1
Baltimore Ravens 25/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 25/1
New York Giants 28/1
Philadelphia Eagles 28/1
San Francisco 49ers 30/1
Arizona Cardinals 33/1
Cincinnati Bengals 33/1
Detroit Lions 35/1
New Orleans Saints 35/1
Carolina Panthers 40/1
Miami Dolphins 40/1
San Diego Chargers 40/1
Kansas City Chiefs 42/1
Atlanta Falcons 45/1
Buffalo Bills 48/1
Houston Texans 50/1
St. Louis Rams 50/1
Chicago Bears 65/1
Minnesota Vikings 65/1
Cleveland Browns 75/1
New York Jets 100/1
Oakland Raiders 100/1
Washington Redskins 125/1
Tampa Bay Buccanneers 185/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 300/1
Tennessee Titans 300/1

Odds to win 2015 NFC Championship (1/24/16)

Seattle Seahawks 3/1
Green Bay Packers 17/5
Dallas Cowboys 9/1
Philadelphia Eagles 14/1
San Francisco 49ers 15/1
Detroit Lions 16/1
New York Giants 16/1
Arizona Cardinals 18/1
Atlanta Falcons 18/1
Carolina Panthers 18/1
New Orleans Saints 18/1
St. Louis Rams 20/1
Chicago Bears 30/1
Minnesota Vikings 30/1
Washington Redskins 60/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 90/1

Odds to win 2015 AFC Championship (1/24/16)

New England Patriots 3/1
Denver Broncos 9/2
Indianapolis Colts 9/2
Baltimore Ravens 10/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 11/1
Cincinnati Bengals 13/1
Houston Texans 18/1
Kansas City Chiefs 18/1
Miami Dolphins 18/1
San Diego Chargers 18/1
Buffalo Bills 25/1
Cleveland Browns 35/1
New York Jets 50/1
Oakland Raiders 50/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 125/1
Tennessee Titans 125/1

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NHL playoff race has it’s own March Madness

by Nick Pellegrino
www.gamingtoday.com
NHL Hockey Pittsburgh Penguins InjuryThe hockey version of March Madness is fast approaching, featuring a pair of dances to the Final Frozen Four.

The best quartet finds a new leader in the race for the President’s Trophy for best overall record in the NHL.

Once last week, all four division leaders were deadlocked in points, but a victory on Sunday has given the storming New York Rangers the overall lead for the first time. The Blue
Shirts own 95 points, while Nashville, Anaheim and Montreal are bunched together with 93 points in the tightest multi-team race in league history.

There is also a 4-team battle in the Western Conference for the final three playoff berths. Just call this one hockey’s NIT.

Minnesota and Winnipeg currently own the two wild-card berths, while Calgary holds the edge over “my” L.A. Kings for the third automatic berth in the Pacific Division. L.A. is also a
point back of the Jets for the final wild card slot.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks have basically played themselves out of Stanley Cup consideration – the Ottawa Senators (who are farther away from a playoff berth than (the NoCals) own
a better shot to catch the Boston Bruins in the East.

Broadway Blues

The once sluggish Rangers, which started the season at 7-7-4, suddenly ignited with a 17-4-0 run around Thanksgiving, capped by a road sweep of the Californian Triangle. They later
added an 8-0-1 run in February.

Now pulling away from the field en route to only its second division crown since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 1994 – the other came in 2012 – New York has survived the absence of goalie
Henrik Lundqvist.

Much of the credit goes to reserve goalie Cam Talbot, who is on a 13-2-3 run during Lundqvist’s departure. Not bad for a backstop with only 26 previous NHL starts prior to being forced
into full-time action down the stretch.

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How obscure is Talbot? The Hockey Registry didn’t even list his place of birth in his player biography prior to the start of the season.

Anchored by two solid defensive pairs – Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi; Marc Staal and Kevin Klein, plus 16-year veteran Dan Boyle on the third pair – there’s no reason the Rangers
can’t again reach the Finals.

Penguin Panic

Sliding because of injuries, Pittsburgh lost another player over the weekend when Patric Hornqvist went to the dressing room against Detroit.

No thanks to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Its beat writer tweeted it could been a back, hip or a groin since it was a non-contact play – that’s what they call journalism in today’s
industry?

The Penguins were already missing Evgeni Malkin (lower body injury), while captain Sidney Crosby missed Saturday’s game due to illness.

Three top forwards on the shelf continues the bad news from western Pennsylvania.

Jetting back

No sooner after Winnipeg welcomes the return of an injured player, another one goes on the disabled list. Still, the Jets continue to stock points and have one more than L.A. for the
West’s final playoff spot.

Dustin Byfuglien should be back for the postseason – if they qualify. But now others are hurting on the back. D Tyler Myers (currently day-to-day) and Ben Chiarot.
First-line center Bryan Little, the team’s leading goal scorer, is expected back soon, while Matthieu Perreault, a top winger, could be out longer.

Until then, the Jets need to rely on rookie goalie Michael Hutchinson until Ondrej Pavelec (2-6-1 in last 9) gets his head straight. (Many would argue that Hutchinson, thanks to a
recent 5-0-2 run, should be the No. 1 goalie as Pavelec spent too many losing campaigns in Atlanta.)

So what does Pavelec do? He allows a terrible goal to Tampa Bay, but then stops everything else in Saturday’s 2-1 road victory over a superior Lightning club. Go figure.
Paul Postma (I had to look him up, too), a healthy stretch for two months (27 consecutive games), comes in and runs the point on the power play to key the victory. Again, go figure.
Captain Andrew Ladd was thrilled to hold the high-scoring Bolts to just 16 shots on goal.

Credit to Jets coach Paul Maurice for keeping Winnipeg in the playoff hunt.

B’s rise in time

The Boston Bruins have upped their game just in time. About to fall out of a playoff slot just two weeks ago, the B’s can now rest easy.
A recent challenge by Florida now finds the Panthers slipping behind a late run by the Ottawa Senators.

Of course, there are four weeks to go.
Contact Nick at NickPellegrino@GamingToday.com.

 

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