2014-15 NHL Point Totals

Believe it or not, we’re just over a week away from the start of the 2014-15 NHL season with the puck dropping for opening night on October 8th. To get bettors prepared we’ve published articles comparing Divisional Odds and Stanley Cup Futures at several prominent offshore sportsbooks.

By studying these odds, we were already aware that many of the usual suspects — namely the Blackhawks, Bruins, Kings and Penguins — were expected to finish atop the standings this season. However, earlier this week the very public sportsbook Bovada posted an over/under for every team’s season point total and oddsmakers have put the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks in same elite category.

The table below compares the 2014-15 NHL point totals at Bovada and Sportsbook.com for all thirty NHL teams alongside their performance last season.

Team Sportsbook (9/26) BetOnline (9/10) 2013-14 Points Difference
Anaheim Ducks 104.5 105.5 116 -10.5
Arizona Coyotes 87.5 80.5 89 -8.5
Boston Bruins 107.5 110.5 117 -6.5
Buffalo Sabres 64.5 65.5 52 +13.5
Calgary Flames 70.5 71.5 77 -5.5
Carolina Hurricanes 78.5 81.5 83 -1.5
Chicago Blackhawks 107.5 111.5 107 +4.5
Colorado Avalanche 93.5 95.5 112 -16.5
Columbus Blue Jackets 94.5 90.5 93 -2.5
Dallas Stars 97.5 92.5 91 +1.5
Detroit Red Wings 97.5 91.5 93 -1.5
Edmonton Oilers 80.5 80.5 67 +13.5
Florida Panthers 80.5 72.5 66 +6.5
Los Angeles Kings 102.5 106.5 100 +6.5
Minnesota Wild 101.5 98.5 98 +0.5
Montreal Canadiens 97.5 93.5 100 -6.5
Nashville Predators 89.5 78.5 88 -9.5
New Jersey Devils 88.5 85.5 88 -2.5
New York Islanders 88.5 85.5 79 +6.5
New York Rangers 95.5 95.5 96 -0.5
Ottawa Senators 86.5 79.5 88 -8.5
Philadelphia Flyers 88.5 89.5 94 -4.5
Pittsburgh Penguins 106.5 105.5 109 -4.5
San Jose Sharks 101.5 102.5 111 -8.5
St. Louis Blues 104.5 105.5 111 -5.5
Tampa Bay Lightning 99.5 95.5 101 -5.5
Toronto Maple Leafs 88.5 88.5 84 +4.5
Vancouver Canucks 89.5 88.5 83 +5.5
Washington Capitals 93.5 88.5 90 -1.5
Winnipeg Jets 81.5 80.5 84 -3.5

By comparing these projected win totals with each team’s performance last season, we can see that oddsmakers are anticipating significant regression from the Colorado Avalanche (-16.5 points) and Anaheim Ducks (-10.5 points). On the flip side the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers (+13.5 points) are expected to be the most improved teams.

There are also a number of massive discrepancies between the projected point totals at BetOnline and Sportsbook.com, which is somewhat surprising considering that both books are considered to be very square. Perhaps the most startling disparity concerns the Nashville Predators who have an 11 point gap with Sportsbook.com currently projecting 89.5 points and BetOnline projecting 78.5.

Last year Nashville tallied 88 points and the team was busy this off-season adding James Neal in addition to Michael Del Zotto, Patrick Eaves, Olli Jokinen, Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy. This potentially sets up a middling opportunity where bettors could take the Sportsbook.com Under 89.5 and the BetOnline Over 78.5 and once again highlights why bettors should always shop for the best line before placing any bet.

Although no lines have been released yet, bettors can find real-time odds, public betting trends, key injuries and more at our new and improved free NHL odds page.

Will you be betting any NHL point totals? Which teams are being undervalued this season? Can the same four teams continue to dominate the league? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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