2017-18 NHL Division Odds
For hockey fans it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming NHL season. BetOnline recently posted divisional odds for all 31 teams, so let’s take a look at some of the options.
The Lightning open as +300 favorites to win the Atlantic Division after missing out on the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. To be fair, the Bolts lost Steven Stamkos for the majority of the season due to a knee injury, but if their star player can stay healthy for the 2017-18 season Tampa Bay will certainly contend for the divisional crown. The 24-year-old Russian Nikita Kucherov broke out in a big way with Stamkos on the shelf, and together the two elite scorers will form one of the most potent offensive duos in the NHL.
Oddsmakers also like the up-and-coming Maple Leafs chances to win the Atlantic, as they open with the second-best odds at +375. Led by the stellar young trio of Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner, the Leafs will continue to get better and should be in the mix all season.
|Detroit RED WINGS||+2500|
|Tampa Bay LIGHTNING||+300|
|Toronto MAPLE LEAFS||+375|
It’s not surprising to see the defending Stanley Cup Champions with the best odds to win the Metropolitan Division at +225. The Metropolitan was a juggernaut last year, and it will be difficult for teams to contend with the Penguins and last year’s best regular season team, Washington Capitals (+250), for the top divisional seed.
However, in such a competitive division it wouldn’t be too far-fetched for a team other than the Pens or Caps to come out on top. The New York Rangers (+500) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (+600) both improved this off-season, with the Blueshirts adding a stud defenseman in Kevin Shattenkirk and the Jackets swapping Brandon Saad for the dynamic Artemi Panarin.
|Columbus BLUE JACKETS||+600|
|New Jersey DEVILS||+2500|
|New York ISLANDERS||+1200|
|New York RANGERS||+500|
In the Central Division the Blackhawks and Predators open as the co-favorites at +350, but there is a lot of value here with underrated teams like the Wild and the Stars. The Wild, who are available at +375, are capable of taking another step forward in 2017-18. Minnesota will look for more consistency after starting off last season on fire before running out of steam down the stretch.
The Stars, who are available at +400, have made significant off-season moves. After years of searching for a franchise goalie, Dallas went out and inked Ben Bishop to a 6-year, $29.5-million deal. They also turned heads with the signing of free agent Alexander Radulov, who could make for a perfect fit on the top line alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
|St. Louis BLUES||+450|
The Pacific is one of the more unpredictable divisions of the bunch. Last years top three teams, the Ducks (+300), Oilers (+275) and Sharks (+400) figure to be in the mix again and it wouldn’t be a shocker to see any of those talented squads finish in first place when it’s all said and done.
Don’t count the Kings out of it either, who are available at +450 after a sub-par season. Jonathan Quick, who missed significant time last year with a groin injury, will be back to patrolling the crease in Los Angeles. With a two-time Stanley Cup winning core of players including former Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, the Kings shouldn’t have too hard of a time becoming relevant again in the Pacific.
|Los Angeles KINGS||+450|
|San Jose SHARKS||+400|
|Vegas GOLDEN KNIGHTS||+2800|
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