There is still no clear timetable for when the season can resume. Yet, with each passing week it looks more and more like play might have to go straight to the postseason due to overall time constraints.
With so many unknowns in the actual remaining schedule, there is value to be found in the updated betting odds to win the Eastern Conference title. The top online sportsbooks taking action on this NHL futures bet generally have as many as six teams in the mix before the odds fall off for teams still trying to qualify for the postseason.
Boston is still the favorite to repeat as champs in the East at +325 odds.
At this point, this would probably be the safest bet given the decent return. However, nobody knows what to expect at this given time.
With little or no time to prepare for a deep playoff run, a cold restart by the Bruins could result in an early exit.
Yet, from a betting standpoint, Boston is still the most balanced team in the East on both ends of the ice, which also adds value to the betting odds. The loss to St. Louis last season in the Stanley Cup Finals is another source of motivation for going chalk in this bet.
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Top Valued Play
Tampa Bay is a +400 second-favorite followed by the Philadelphia Flyers (+500) and Washington (+600).
There are pros and cons with each of these picks as the top-valued play.
Tampa Bay still has last season’s playoff collapse to overcome. The Lightning would also have to get past Boston just to make it to the conference finals.
Philadelphia was the hottest team in the East right before the break, but it becomes highly questionable as to whether the Flyers can automatically pick up where they left off. The momentum from a recent 9-1 run in 10 games has probably worn off.
The Capitals’ vast experience in postseason play adds value to their longer odds. With a Stanley Cup title under its belt from two years ago, this is the type of team that could make another deep run to the East title behind a fast start off the break.
Top Longer Odds Play
The other two contenders from the East would be the Pittsburgh Penguins (+800) in the Metro Division and the Toronto Maple Leafs (+900) in the Atlantic.
I would stay away from Toronto with Boston and Tampa Bay in its path.
The Penguins always offer value given their team depth and past postseason success.
There could be some concern with the seven losses in their last 10 games, but the long layoff creates an automatic reset for every contending team.
Pittsburgh was only four points out of first place in the Metro standings when play stopped, so the ability to get past both Philadelphia and Washington to reach the conference finals is the strongest selling point as a value play with longer odds.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.