NHL Wagering: Why sportsbooks cancelled NHL All-Star bets

Joe Pavelski's shootout victory in Las Vegas wasn't a surprise for some potential bettors -- and that's the problem. NHLI via Getty Images

The NHL's journey with the city of Las Vegas has been a fascinating one. In a span of five years, we've gone from the league discouraging its new expansion team from adopting a name associated with gambling to having NHL players shooting pucks at playing cards on The Strip in a blackjack-inspired All-Star Skills Competition.