We previewed the NHL’s Division, Conference, and Stanley Cup odds prior to the start of the season. After 30 or so games and with the NHL on hiatus, we look at the updated NHL betting odds and, boy, did things shift quite a bit. Here’s the lowdown on each division’s biggest movers.
|Odds to Win||Atlantic||Eastern||Cup|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||+175||+450||+800|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||+200||+450||+900|
|Detroit Red Wings||+10000||+4000||+8000|
The Battle of Florida: The Tampa Bay Lightning opened as a tier above the rest, but the odds have tightened to include their Sunshine State rivals, the Florida Panthers, and Canada’s premier team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers were tearing up the league at one point, but have slowed while Tampa Bay has heated up. Their odds should be trending in opposite directions.
Toronto vs Boston: Not to be forgotten are Canada’s best team, the Toronto Maple Leafs and their arch-enemy, the Boston Bruins. The Leafs are right there with the Floridian superpowers, but own that postseason albatross. Boston can’t ever be counted out, so we won’t here.
Fork ’em: Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo
|Odds to Win||Metro||Eastern||Cup|
|New York Islanders||+6600||+5000||+10000|
|New York Rangers||+400||+800||+1600|
|New Jersey Devils||+10000||+8000||+10000|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+10000||+8000||+12500|
Carolina Team to Beat: In what was supposed to be a wide-open Metropolitan chase, the Carolina Hurricanes have stood out as the best in the division. The ‘Canes lead the league in point percentage and goal differential. Washington’s not far behind and the Capitals remain a prolific team, while the Pittsburgh Penguins are also gaining momentum after a slow, injury-riddled start.
Which New York Team is Legit? The online sports betting odds have flipped on the struggling New York Islanders, who are in danger of missing the playoffs while debuting their billion-dollar Belmont Park arena. Meanwhile, Gerard Gallant has the New York Rangers playing some inspired hockey, challenging for the division title and maybe more.
Fork ’em: Philadelphia, New Jersey, Columbus
|Odds to Win||Central||Western||Cup|
|St. Louis Blues||+900||+1600||+2800|
New Division of Death
Challenging Colorado: The Colorado Avalanche continue to be the runaway favorites to win the division despite the Minnesota Wild on pace to finish with about the same number of points. St. Louis and Nashville are also not far behind. Pundits might feel Colorado is a tier above everyone, and the faithful can put a bet online as their odds have increased.
Sleepers Keep Sleeping: To this point, Dallas and Winnipeg remain sleepers, not just to challenge for the division, but to go further than most would predict. These teams can seemingly either miss the playoffs completely or make a deep post-season run.
Fork ’em: Chicago, Arizona
|Odds to Win||Pacific||Western||Cup|
|Vegas Golden Knights||+125||+375||+1000|
|Los Angeles Kings||+4000||+6000||+12500|
|San Jose Sharks||+4000||+4000||+10000|
Rulers of Chaos
Vegas, Still the Champs: In what is easily the most chaotic division, the Vegas Golden Knights are still installed as the favorites to win the Pacific, though not as significantly as the preseason. Teams such as Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton and even surging Vancouver all seemingly have a shot.
Buckle Up: The fight for the final two spots of the division is a doozy, as every team but the expansion Seattle Kraken has a chance. Look no further than California, where Los Angeles and San Jose are keeping themselves in contentionwhile the surprising Ducks are proving the skeptics wrong. Keep your eyes glued to the April schedule, since every division game si going to feel like the playoffs.
Fork ’em: Seattle