NHL Pro Hockey Sports Betting Odds Previews for Thursday January 8th

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A doubleheader of NHL games is scheduled over national television on Thursday January 8th to greatly satisfy the appetite of sports bettors worldwide.

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Game 1 of the doubleheader begins at 8PM Eastern Time over NHL Network as the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Chicago Blackhawks the -150 wagering favorite on the road with the take back on the home underdog Minnesota Wild at +130 odds on the money line. As we approach the mid-way point of this long 82 game regular season the Minnesota Wild is on the outside looking in as the 11th seed in the Western conference trailing the 8th seeded Winnipeg Jets by six games. The Blackhawks are sitting in the West as the number three seed with 54 points and holding a nine point lead over the ninth seeded Calgary Flames. Minnesota has hit a slump loser of two straight and eight of their past ten games. They have been a poor power play team. The Blackhawks look to rebound after a 2-0 home loss to Colorado on Tuesday. Chicago is the top scoring defense in the league giving up just 2.2 goals per game and sit number one on the penalty kill.

The late night game out west will be a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals as the LA Kings will play host to the New York Rangers. Things get started from Staples Center in LA at 10:30PM Eastern Time and NHL Network has the broadcast coverage. The LA Kings are favored on their home ice by -155 odds with the return on the road underdog New York Rangers at +135 odds. The goal over under total is five goals. The LA Kings have had issues playing on the road this season which explains why they sit as the seventh seed in the West and holding a two point lead over the ninth seeded Calgary Flames. The New York Rangers are coming off an impressive win at Anaheim on Wednesday and sit in the seventh seed in the East with 48 points. The Rangers hold a three point lead over the ninth seeded Toronto Maple Leafs.

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