Fast starts in both the Atlantic and Metro Division title races are dictating the early odds when it comes to betting on these specific NHL futures. With more than a quarter of the extended 82-game regular season in the books, there is some value to be found in a few teams from each of these two division races.
Atlantic Division Title Odds
The Boston Bruins have surged to the top of the list in the Atlantic with 15-3-5 start through their first 23 games. This adds up to a total of 35 points and a six-point lead for first place in the standings. The betting odds that Boston stays on top all season long are set at -110.
The overall balance could be Boston’s biggest strong point that adds quite a bit of value to these odds. The Bruins are ranked second in the NHL in scoring with an average of 3.61 goals per game. They only drop to third on the list when it comes to average goals allowed (2.43). This is the kind of combination that wins Stanley Cup titles if Boston can maintain this pace into the postseason.
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Second on the list to win the Atlantic Division title is the Tampa Bay Lightning at +275 odds. This is probably the best value for this futures bet at this point of the season. Tampa Bay ran away with the division title last season with a league-high 62 wins and 128 total points. It was also eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs. This gives this team quite a bit of motivation to make a deep run this year.
The Lightning are off to a slower than expected start at 12-7-2 with 26 total points. Yet, they lead the league in scoring with 3.76 goals per game. The lone issue is at the other end of the ice with a defense that is allowing 3.24 goals a game. The overall team is still good enough to keep things close with Boston all season long.
Rounding out the Top 5 teams to win the Atlantic are the Florida Panthers (+600), Toronto Maple Leafs (+700) and the Montreal Canadiens (+1400).
Metro Division Title Odds
The Washington Capitals have been the team to beat in the Metro for quite some time. Going back to the 2007/2008 season, they have won the division title nine times in the last 12 years. They are currently in first place this season at 16-4-5 with the most points in the NHL (37).
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Betting against their current +150 odds to win the title again does not make all that much sense given the plus money in the number. However, this division traditionally tightens up as the games wear on. The Capitals are still the team to beat when it comes to all-around talent and that should hold up all season long.
The biggest competition for this season’s Metro title should come from the New York Islanders as +175 second-favorites. They are off to a solid 16-4-2 start in 22 games which is actually a better record than Washington from a percentage standpoint. The Islanders also have the best goals-against average (2.45) of any Metro team and that is a major plus when it comes to winning division titles. The big question is the ability to play at this pace through the full 82 games.
The other three teams in this division rounding out the Top 5 of this futures bet are the Carolina Panthers (+450), Philadelphia Flyers (+1000) and Pittsburgh Penguins (+1200).