Almost 60 percent of the NHL regular season is in the books heading into the annual All-Star break. There are fairly tight races for each of the four division races and some familiar teams are at the top of the list when it comes to the online sportsbook NHL futures odds to win this season’s Stanley Cup Championship.
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Coming off the break in the last week of January, this is the time of the season when the best teams start jockeying for position in what they hope will lead to a very deep playoff run.
The most interesting team on this list is the Tampa Bay Lightning.
After posting 62 wins and 128 points last season, the Lightning proceeded to exit the postseason in the opening round in a stunning four-game sweep against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Heading into this season’s All-Star break, Tampa Bay has won 12 of its last 14 games. The Lightning still trail the Boston Bruins by eight points for first place in the Atlantic Division, but they have the best futures odds on the board at +700 to win the 2020 Stanley Cup title.
The Washington Capitals have the most points in NHL through 49 games (71) and they are +900 second-favorites to win their second NHL title in three seasons. Washington has a four-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metro standings in pursuit of its fifth-straight division title.
Boston (+1000) and Pittsburgh (+1200) round out the top four teams on the futures list to win the season championship. The defending Stanley Cup Champion is the St. Louis Blues out of the Central Division. They have the most points in the Western Conference at the break with 68 and their betting odds to repeat are tied for fourth at +1200.
St. Louis appears to be the class of the West at this point of the season but a few teams in this conference could be poised to make a late-season run that carries deep into the playoffs. Both Colorado and Dallas in the Central Division are listed at +1400 odds to win the title followed by Arizona and Vancouver at +1600 in the Pacific.
The Blues are six points up on Colorado in that division race and the jumbled Pacific standings have five teams within one point of each other at the break.
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Tampa Bay has proven to be one of the best bets heading into the break. However, its overall return this season on a moneyline bet is still minus $128 due to the team’s slower than expected start.
Seven of eight teams in the Atlantic Division have posted a negative return.
The top betting team in the Metro Division is Washington at plus $893. All of that gain came on the road behind a record of 18-6-1. The Capitals have a three-game winning streak at the break and six wins in their last eight games.
In contrast to the Atlantic, six of eight teams in this division have posted a positive moneyline return.
Moving to the Central Division, the top five teams in the standings have a plus return. Leading the way at plus $504 is St. Louis with a balanced return at home (+$309) and on the road (+$195). Dallas has the best betting trend right now at 7-3 in its last 10 games.
Vancouver has won seven of its last 10 games to hold a one-point lead in the Pacific standings. The Canucks’ overall return stands at plus $420. The only other team in that division with a positive return is the Edmonton Oilers at plus $535. They have been one of the best road teams to bet on at 14-10-2 for a return of plus $685.
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