The Canadian sportsbook Sports Interaction is currently offering odds on whether each NHL team will or won’t make the playoffs in the upcoming season.
Feel free to compare these odds with Westgate’s NHL regular season point totals. There are a few discrepancies when comparing the two lists that could be taken advantage of. For example, Westgate has Dallas above Chicago in their point totals list, but SIA has the Blackhawks at -1088 to make the playoffs compared to just -362 for the Stars, which is a great payout compared to the other top teams.
Another interesting difference is between Atlantic division rivals Boston and Montreal. Westgate has the Canadiens projected at 8 points above the Bruins, who sit in the 8th seed by just 1 point. SIA, on the other hand, has the two teams at almost the same odds to make the playoffs.
One team whose odds I find to be very inflated are the San Jose Sharks. While they did make it to the Stanley Cup last year, they are in no way a lock to make the playoffs this year, as SIA’s odds seem to suggest. The already old Sharks team will be a bit older this year and their lengthy playoff run last year may cause some of their veterans to wear down this season. I would certainly consider taking the “No” at +455.
Here is a look at the rest of the list.
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