NHL Bettors Prepare for Tuesday’s “Frozen Frenzy”
For just the second time in the history of the NHL, all 32 teams will play on the same day. And for the first time, those 16 games will stagger their starting times, creating the conditions for a perfect night to bet on hockey.
The puck drops for the first time Tuesday, October 24, at 6 p.m. ET with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals. The Anaheim Ducks are at the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then, for the next three hours, there will be one new game beginning every 15 minutes. The final game of the night is at 11 p.m. ET, featuring the Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights.
ESPN Debuts “Frozen Frenzy”
If you are a regular NFL bettor, you are familiar with the NFL Network’s “Red Zone”, which features host Scott Hanson taking you from game to game, showing every score throughout seven hours of coverage on Sunday.
ESPN is going to do the same thing with the packed hockey schedule on Tuesday. John Buccigross and Kevin Weekes will begin their coverage of the 16 games at 7p.m. ET on ESPN+, and then take their whip-around the action show to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. The plan is to show all of the goals in all of the games, and anything else that is significant.
“You’ve got 16 games, so everybody is playing, and I want this to be an all-you-can eat buffet of hockey, for hockey fans, hockey lovers, hockey people in the business, the casual fan, or new fans,” said Weekes.
This is also an ideal night for sports bettors to find the best hockey sports betting sites, and become more familiar with NHL wagering.
Along with the “Frozen Frenzy,” ESPN will broadcast a triple-header of games, beginning with the Leafs at Caps. The second game on ESPN Tuesday night is the Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks, which features rookie sensation Connor Bedard. Xbet.ag has Bedard as a -175 favorite to win the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the most outstanding rookie of the regular season.
The final game of the triple-header is that last game of the night, the Flyers at Golden Knights. BetUS.com has the defending Stanley Cup champion Golden Knights at +1000 to repeat as champions. That has them tied with the New Jersey Devils for the third-shortest odds in the league. The Colorado Avalanche, who play at the New York Islanders on Tuesday, are the Stanley Cup favorites at +800.
Avalanche fans looking to bet on this year’s Cup favorites have a number of Colorado online sportsbooks to choose from.
Other Games of Note for Tuesday
The Carolina Hurricanes are the second betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup, according to the odds posted at BetUS.com, and they are at the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay is +2200 to win the Cup.
The Edmonton Oilers are going to be without Connor McDavid for at least the next week, and possibly two. But they still have Leon Draisaitl, who became the Oilers’ all-time leader in power play goals last week. He’s fifth in the league in points, and he and the Oilers play at the Minnesota Wild.
The two leading scorers in the league are Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings, who are tied for first in the Eastern Conference with 10 points. The Wings host the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night. DeBrincat, with his eight goals and four assists, is great value right now to win the Hart Memorial Trophy. Xbet.ag has him at +13000.
With the Detroit Lions in first place, the Michigan Wolverines at No. 2 in AP Top-25, and the Red Wings boasting the two top scorers in the NHL, Michigan sportsbooks are doing a brisk business.