I thought I would do a hockey odds preview given that the season is close to two thirds of the way complete. The action on the ice has been fast and furious and NHL betting is always exciting. There is a mix of the usual teams atop the league, as well as some newer faces. The 2017 NHL season promises to be another classic, so let’s take a look at some ways to make money starting with the Eastern Conference.
Hockey Odds Preview – Metropolitan Division
The Eastern Conference has been the weaker of the two conferences in recent years, but this season is different which is reflected in our hockey odds preview. The Metropolitan Division is much more competitive with Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tearing up the league. Their current record is 39-11-6, and the Caps are currently -200 favorites to win the the Metropolitan Division. They are followed closely by arch enemies the Pittsburgh Penguins at +350 who are currently 3rd in the league overall. The Columbus Blue Jackets are third in the division and are also in the NHL’s top six teams.
Hockey Betting Lines – Atlantic Division
The Montreal Canadiens remain atop the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-19-8- despite going 18-18-7 in their last 43 games. Next in line are the surprising Ottawa Senators, followed by the Boston Bruins and the once hapless Toronto Maple Leafs. If you are curious, the Bruins are +1000 to win the Atlantic Division.
NHL Betting – Eastern Conference
The Eastern Conference is much improved this year and I think they will run over the West. Favorites to win the Eastern Conference are the Washington Capitals at +250, the Pittsburgh Penguins at +450, and the Montreal Canadiens at +550. I think it is going to be hard to outpoint the Capitals in a divisional race, but they are fragile when it comes to the playoffs. I like the Penguins repeating here if Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can stay healthy. Btw, the Penguins are +900 to win the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals.
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