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NHL schedule: Analysing the 2022-23 season

NHL schedule: Analysing the 2022-23 season

Following the release of the 2022-23 NHL schedule, we’ve compared the difficulty of each team’s opening games and their early-season record. Colorado Avalanche will be defending their Stanley Cup title after denying Tampa Bay Lightning a hat-trick of victories.

2022 Stanley Cup Final odds, predictions & betting tips

2022 Stanley Cup Final odds, predictions & betting tips

Tampa Bay are underdogs to complete a hat-trick of NHL title triumphs in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final odds, with Colorado firm favourites. The Avalanche will have home advantage in up to four matches and are 1.53 to lift the trophy, with the Lightning quoted at 2.55.

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Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche predictions Game 4

Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche predictions Game 4

Edmonton have found Colorado just too strong in the Stanley Cup playoffs but can hopefully stay alive in the series by winning Game 4. The Oilers were competitive on home ice on Saturday and may just be able to outwork the Avalanche with the crowd behind them again.

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Finland vs Canada prediction, odds & betting tips

Finland vs Canada prediction, odds & betting tips

Hosts Finland and holders Canada will meet in a dream final of the 2022 IIHF World Championship and everything is set for a cracking contest. The Finns have shown the better form over the whole tournament, but the Canadians appear to have come good at just the right time.

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Canada vs Czech Republic prediction, odds & betting tips

Canada vs Czech Republic prediction, odds & betting tips

Canada produced an amazing comeback to beat Sweden at the IIHF World Championship and will be hoping for a smoother passage past Czech Republic. Czechia have not reached a final since lifting the trophy back in 2010, so the holders should have a psychological advantage.

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Finland vs USA prediction, odds & betting tips

Finland vs USA prediction, odds & betting tips

USA impressed when upsetting Switzerland in the IIHF World Championship quarter-finals but facing Finland on home ice is a formidable task. A hostile atmosphere is assured at Tampere Deck Arena and this is a young American side, so the hosts look worthy favourites to progress.

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Sweden vs Canada predictions, odds & betting tips

Sweden vs Canada predictions, odds & betting tips

We’ve reached the business end of the IIHF World Championship and a tight tussle is expected when Canada face Sweden in the quarter-finals. The Swedes were more convincing during the group stage, but the defending champions will not give up their title without a fight.

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Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers predictions Game 5

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers predictions Game 5

Calgary have to beat Edmonton on home ice to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive and are taken to rise to the challenge at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames have suffered three straight defeats since winning Game 1 but will be boosted by being back in front of their own fans.

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Canada vs France predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada vs France predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada are safely through to the IIHF World Championship quarter-finals but could do with a confidence-boosting win over France. The holders have suffered back-to-back defeats against Switzerland and Denmark and will be keen to lift morale in their final Group A encounter.

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Canada vs Denmark predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada vs Denmark predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada received a wake-up call when losing to Switzerland at the IIHF World Championship and are expected to bounce back by beating Denmark. The Danes are having a decent tournament with three wins from five outings, but have had their limitations exposed by the better teams.

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Canada vs Switzerland predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada vs Switzerland predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada face their first real test at this year’s IIHF World Championship when taking on Switzerland. Both teams have claimed four straight victories in Group A and past meetings at this level have been tight, with only one goal separating them in the last three tournament encounters.

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Canada vs Kazakhstan predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada vs Kazakhstan predictions, odds & betting tips

Canada are priced at short odds to rattle off a fourth consecutive IIHF World Championship win when taking on Kazakhstan. Their opponents have lost three straight so far, although they have managed to score in each game and showed spirit in a 4-2 defeat by the holders last year.

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