As spring approaches, various teams are beginning to separate into the NHL’s four restructured divisions. Focusing on a favorite or spotting a risky bet that offers long-term value is often the best way to attack futures bets. Teams like the Carolina Panthers (16/1), St. Louis Blues (17/1) or Florida Panthers (23/1) appear to be several of the value targets to balance a ticket portfolio in the Las Vegas Golden Knights (7 / 1), Tampa Bay Lightning (+750) or even the Boston Bruins (8/1).
After our initial midseason dive into the latest NHL Division odds and the Stanley Cup last week, let’s revisit after more than a month of games in the NHL betting odds for each division, as well as the Stanley Cup futures in DraftKings Sportsbook.
ODDS OF WINNING THE CENTRAL DIVISION 2021
Tampa Bay -125
Dallas +1 150
Frankie Whispers Breakdown: Defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning is tied for third in the Central Division despite winning seven of its last 10 games with a 10-3-1 record (21 points). The Florida Panthers (10-2-2, 22 points) who are also 7-2-1 in their last 10 have now moved to first place by one point; holding a slight lead over Tampa Bay, Columbus and Chicago. The Lightning possess an impressive +22 goal differential in their first 14 games thanks to Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is 9-2-0 with an impressive 1.92 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
ODDS OF WINNING THE DIVISION THIS 2021
New York Islanders +800
NY Rangers +2000
NJ Devils +2500
Frankie Whispers Breakdown: The Boston Bruins (10-2-2, 22 points) are beginning to put space between themselves and the rest of the East Division after winning five of their six games. The Bruins continue to be led by forwards Brad Marchand (9 goals; 9 assists, 18 points) and Patrice Bergeron (7 goals; 11 assists, 18 points), who rank near the top in the NHL in scoring.
ODDS OF WINNING THE NORTH DIVISION 2021
Frankie Whispers Breakdown: The Toronto Maple Leafs, (12-3-1, 26 points), have now become favorites to win the North as they continue to be led by the league’s top scorer in Auston Matthews (14 goals). Gamblers in DraftKings Sportsbook they have moved the Maple Leafs (-143) notably ahead of the Montreal Canadiens in betting odds after 17 games. The Canadiens (9-4-2, 20 points) have allowed the fewest goals of any North team thanks to the play of goalkeepers Jake Allen and Carey Price. Additionally, they are led by center Tyler Toffoli, who is tied for third in the NHL in goals scored (10). The Edmonton Oilers (10-8-0, 20 points), who own the NHL’s top two scoring players in Connor McDavid (9 goals; 23 assists, 32 points) and Leon Draisaitl (10 goals; 18 assists, 28 points), has now moved to a tie for second in the league standings with Montreal in the North.
ODDS OF WINNING 2021 WEST DIVISION
St. Louis +385
San Jose +6500
Frankie Whispers Breakdown: The Las Vegas Golden Knights (10-3-1, 21 points) have created a little respite since the Colorado Avalanche (8-4-1, 17 points) by winning seven of their last 11 games. The Golden Knights continue to be led by star goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury. However, Avalanche gave Fleury (7-2, 1.56 GAA) his second of the season on Tuesday in a 3-2 win at the Fortress in Las Vegas. This will be an incredible battle of two elite clubs throughout the season, which will come to a head this weekend when the NHL takes its game outdoors in Lake Tahoe.
ODDS OF WINNING THE STANLEY CUP 2021
Tampa Bay +750
Montreal +1 300
Carolina +1 600
St. Louis +1700
New York Islanders +2400
NY Rangers +4000
NJ Devils +7500
San Jose +10000
LA Kings +10000
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.