NHL Picks: How Trading Season Affects The Outlook

NHL Picks: How Trading Season Affects The Outlook

The NHL has hit Trade Deadline Day, with more trades expected between now and the middle of this afternoon. Again, remember that a few trades always trickle in after the 3 p.m. ET cutoff. It takes time for the league to process things. 

With that being said, the weekend features an easy-to-digest schedule. This includes several afternoon and late-night options on Saturday. Sunday sneaks in a Tampa Bay-Carolina clash, too. There are some unusual start times, so be aware. 

Schedule Breakdown

Let us do this by the number of games each day. 

  • Friday – 5
  • Saturday – 12
  • Sunday – 5

Saturday features just two late-night games this time. The games end a little later than usual on Friday and Sunday. That may be because of the trade deadline.

Who plays back-to-back this weekend? Here are those teams below. 

  • Columbus (Friday, Saturday)
  • Edmonton (Friday, Saturday)
  • Colorado (Saturday, Sunday)
  • Detroit (Saturday, Sunday)

Again, this is pretty easy to take. The Sunday games begin at 3 p.m. ET, with the Tampa and Carolina game on TNT.

Before Today’s Trade Deadline Carnage

The weekend sees many faces with many new teams.  As of press time, there were 38 trades completed in just the last week. That does not include the Dmitry Orlov trade (before last Friday). A long shot does not do general managers despite plenty of the big names being gone.

Again, the arms race in the Eastern Conference is extraordinary. Six of the top seven teams in the Stanley Cup Futures are from the East. Boston leads the way, then Colorado follows. After that, it’s Carolina, Toronto, the New York Rangers, and the New Jersey Devils. 

The Western Conference still carries its sense of intrigue. Seven points separate the one through eight seeds. Anything can happen. Even Calgary and Nashville are not entirely out of a playoff spot. Expect a few more twists and turns.

Stanley Cup Odds
Saturday 25th March 2023
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% Chance
Boston Bruins 20.83% +375
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+290 +380 +380
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Colorado Avalanche 12.50% +650
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+575 +650 +700
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Toronto Maple Leafs 10.00% +900
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+900 +900 +900
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Carolina Hurricanes 9.52% +950
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+800 +850 +950
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New Jersey Devils 7.69% +1100
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+1200 +1200 +1000
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