This is a changed team from the one we saw the past few seasons and it may take some time for the market to catch up if the Wild do flail in the early going. To address their goaltending issue, the Wild traded Devan Dubnyk and his league-worst No matter how you look at it, Talbot is an upgrade. The Wild did score at an impressive clip last season, but their 9.
Of the four, Eriksson Ek provides the most value but his best attribute is his defensive work. The Wild do have some scoring talent on the wings. You can count on Zach Parise to play at a goal pace. Kirill Kaprizov is a favorite for the Calder Trophy. If you are bullish on the Wild, you are counting on their terrific defense to be good enough to separate Minnesota from San Jose, Arizona, Anaheim and Los Angeles, none of whom are expected to contend.
If the Wild outpace those four teams, they will make the playoffs and would likely be dispatched by Colorado, Vegas or St. Additionally, it seems like the Wild are on the verge of tearing things down and committing to a rebuild. A slow start could mean that Bill Guerin tries to trade away some veterans, which would ding their chances at making the playoffs or eclipsing their modest season point total.
The new Wild captain would likely need to up his offensive output his career-high is 43 points , but with more and more people paying attention to advanced stats, Spurgeon could be in the Norris conversation if the Wild are decent. All things considered, the Kings had some pretty good play-driving numbers in That will likely be the case again in There is a reason for optimism in for Los Angeles, though.
The Kings are basically playing in a mini-division against Minnesota, Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. The Coyotes are tearing it down, the Ducks are in the middle of a rebuild and neither the Sharks nor Wild would be considered as trustworthy favorites in this quintet.
The Kings are in a position to give their exciting prospects a ton of minutes and I think Turcotte could see a lot of playing time considering he is known as a responsible two-way player. If Turcotte is trusted as a middle-six center, he could have enough opportunities to put up the numbers needed to be nominated for this award. You can see why the Rangers will be popular among casual bettors this season. The formula for the Rangers is pretty simple: score a lot and hope either Igor Shesterkin or Alexandar Georgiev make enough saves to get them over the line.
Thanks to its two young netminders and an abundance of high-end producers, New York is one of the few teams in the NHL that can succeed consistently playing a high-risk, high-reward style of hockey. Those concerns are also amplified in the playoffs — just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Because the Rangers are a big-market team with a ton of stars that plays a fun brand of hockey, it was always likely that the market would be a little too high on them going into the new season. Casual bettors like to bet on teams that are easy-on-the-eye and the Blueshirts are one of the glitziest organizations in the NHL.
But one thing that is perhaps flying under the radar is that the Rangers could have some stylistic disadvantages in the East Division. Not only is the East the deepest set in the league, but it also features plenty of teams that like to slow the game down and feel most comfortable in a mudfight. The Rangers play the Bruins, Penguins, Flyers and Islanders a combined 32 times and all of those teams prefer to play more pragmatic style of hockey and will do their best to avoid getting into the see-saw battle that the Rangers want.
Favorite Bet: Play Unders in the early part of the season. How good are the Tampa Bay Lightning? So good that bookmakers barely downgraded the Bolts after it was announced that their best forward, MVP Nikita Kucherov, would miss the regular season with a hip injury. For most teams losing a world-beating forward would spell doom. That type of forward depth allows Cooper to roll four lines and gives him some wiggle room should Tampa lose a forward to injury. Hedman is the star of the show on the blueline and is the Norris Trophy favorite for after his spellbinding performance in The Bubble.
All Cooper needs out of them is to not drag down their terrific partner. Good work if you can get it. The Bolts are also set in goal with Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy is top-notch and the team in front of him makes him better. I could keep on going about how good the Lightning are, but you get the point by now. Should the Bolts struggle relative to their lofty expectations in the beginning of the campaign, this number could drift — especially since Carolina seems poised to compete with Tampa in the Central.
Should the Canes get out ahead of Tampa in the early going, this number could get high enough to get involved. This season figures to be another wash for the Red Wings as they continue their rebuild. So cozy up. The Wings won just 17 times in 71 games and had a goal differential. Rock bottom. And the Red Wings made some marginal improvements to a roster that needed to be blown to bits.
The most significant improvement is in goal where Thomas Greiss will assume the starting role instead of Jimmy Howard. That said, Greiss and Jonathan Bernier give the Wings a much better chance at stealing a game here or there than Jimmy Howard and his Detroit also improved its depth with a couple of free agent signings. In other words, there will be opportunities for the Red Wings to be worth a punt. Y ou just gotta hope that lady luck and the goalies are on your side that night. Because of how bad Detroit was last season, there will be very few people looking to back the Wings coming out of the gates.
Chara is a Boston legend and provided steady minutes alongside Charlie McAvoy, but Krug leaves the bigger hole after developing into one of the most effective offensive-defensemen in the NHL. Regardless of who was more important to Bruce Cassidy, the two departures leave a big gap on a stabile defense that made the Bruins a force to be reckoned with over the past decade.
The good news is that the Bruins are good enough elsewhere on the ice to give the defense time to settle. Boston also has the luxury of having two steady goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, as failsafes should the defense wobble a bit. Where it could go south is if Rask or Halak slip or if the Bruins run into injury problems. Previous iterations of the Bruins could handle a lot of adversity, but that becomes a little more iffy after losing two top defensemen.
Losing Krug and Chara will likely have a negative impact on the power play and penalty kill in Despite having more question marks than usual, I still think the Bruins have the highest floor in the East Division and are deserving of their status as favorites. Although the Long Island native has not posted eye-popping point totals, his play-driving metrics jump off the page.
With a bigger role, including more power-play opportunities, McAvoy seems ready to make a leap in There may be bigger numbers out there for this bet, so be sure to shop around. Even at this number, it could be a fun season-long sweat. The Alex Ovechkin Era has been a booming, franchise-changing success, but all good things must come to an end. Despite back-to-back first-round exits in the postseason, the Capitals are still listed among the 10 favorites at almost every sportsbook for the upcoming season.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, T. My main concern for the Capitals is in defense, though they did address the lack of depth by signing Zdeno Chara right before training camp. That pushes Branden Dillon, Dmitri Orlov and Justin Schutlz into more suitable roles and gives Laviolette a capable, if not exemplary, defense. The Capitals have enough scoring talent to outrun their underlying metrics, but what we saw last season was a team that created a bounty of scoring chances but also was clinical in finishing them off.
In addition to ranking fifth with a 2. Especially since Samsonov lost his back-up, Henrik Lundqvist, to a medical issue before training camp. Without a reliable No. I am pretty much inline with the market on the Capitals. Like many, I was very hesitant to back the Jets last season because they relied so heavily on goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to get results. While Hellebuyck played at an elite level last season and was awarded the Vezina Trophy, the rest of the Jets underwhelmed. Only two teams, Chicago and the Rangers, allowed more expected goals against per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 than the Jets did.
Similarly, only Detroit and Buffalo generated fewers xG per 60 than Winnipeg. Having offensive talents like Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers will help the Jets outperform their expected goals, but an improvement in dictating play is necessary if the Jets want to be noisemakers in Just think, each of those five players put up at least 58 points last season.
Where would those totals go if the Jets create more scoring chances? The good news is that Winnipeg did address one of its fatal flaws from last season. Paul Stastny, acquired from Las Vegas, turns that position into a strength. Stastny is set to play in between Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine, a role he succeeded in during his last stint in Winnipeg.
His playmaking ability immediately makes Laine a viable bounce-back candidate, should he not be traded. Winnipeg will be playing half of its games against the likes of Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. The good news is that the Jets should modestly improve on defense. Dylan DeMelo was brought in to solid effect for the second half of last season, and a full season with him should provide a path to a bounce-back season for Josh Morrissey, who looked like he was on his way to great things until last season.
Nobody is saying that a defense headlined by Morrissey, DeMelo, Neal Pionk and Derek Forbort is a world beater, but it should give the Jets a boost on the back-end. That sentiment could provide a tinge of buy-low opportunity with the Jets. There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the future of the New Jersey Devils.
Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier should give the Devils an enviable punch at center for years. Mackenzie Blackwood looks like a bona fide NHL starter in goal. Hischier and Hughes are the story in Newark as neither former No.
Both players will need to step forward for the Devils to be relevant in the coming season, but I like their chances. Though none of Kyle Palmieri, Jesper Bratt, Nikita Gusev and Andreas Johnsson fall into the game-breaker category, this is still a potent top-six and one that could give teams trouble. The good news is the Devils should see some improvement on defense. New Jersey finished 28th in goals and xG against per hour at 5-on-5, putting a pretty hefty burden on Blackwood.
The addition of Ryan Murray should immediately improve this blueline. Should Murray stay healthy, he gives New Jersey a potential No. That top pair also allows Ruff to deploy solid puck-mover Damon Severson in a more suitable second-pair role in hopes that he develops some chemistry with former first-round pick Ty Smith.
Sami Vatanen and Will Butcher give the Devils a decent bottom pairing, compared to the rest of the league. The team will need to find a way to survive when Travis Zajac, Pavel Zacha, Jesper Boqvist and a host of younger, developing players are on the ice. That means that the Devils will likely be relegated to a spoiler role while Hischier and Hughes get their NHL legs under them.
That said, this team has the right ingredients to be a thorn in the side of the heavyweights in this division. New Jersey has emerging high-end talent, a decent defense and a solid goalie. Note: I had the New Jersey Devils a little higher on this list when training camps opened, but the news that Corey Crawford left the team for personal reasons has downgraded them. The clear favorite in the North Division, Toronto is once again expected to contend for a Stanley Cup in The Leafs deserve credit for having a talented roster, but they will also benefit from playing in a division that lacks another heavyweight.
Toronto is a team that thrives in high-event games. The Leafs are happy to sacrifice some defensive stability in order to try and run up the score. They will always bet on themselves to come out on top in a game rather than trying to manage their way to a victory.
The good news is that the North Division is littered with teams that play a similar style. But of that bunch the Leafs have the biggest margin for error, partly thanks to a defense that has been bolstered by the signing of T.
Brodie from Calgary. You could see any combination of Brodie, Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly making up the top pair, with the other slated for a No. Bogosian has the potential to sink a pair and is the exact opposite of the type of player people associate with new-school Dubas. There are questions to be asked of this unit, though.
The year-old Dane finished with a save percentage between. Another question mark is whether or not Brodie will be able to put up the same results that he did in Calgary. If Brodie stumbles in the Toronto Pressure Cooker, the balance of the defense could come unglued. Asking a player at that age to be able to play every game — and do it effectively — in this unique environment is a tall ask.
The same can be said of Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds. Compared to most teams in the NHL, and every club in their division, the Leafs have more answers than questions. They should be able to coast to a playoff spot they are to make the playoffs at DraftKings and have a relatively easy path to the League Semifinals.
A lot will have to go wrong for The Buds to not be in the mix, but this number is too low to get involved. If you are going to be watching a lot of Leafs games and want to root for them, I think a bet on Auston Matthews to win the Hart Trophy could be worth the sweat. This was despite having two other bona fide top-six forwards in Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov, neither of whom are still in Florida for Oddsmakers believe it will be another pedestrian season for Florida, but there are some reasons to believe that the Panthers could be better than expected.
Those two veterans, along with highly-regarded rookies Grigori Denisenko and Owen Tippett, should give Florida a chance at replacing the production that Hoffman and Dadonov take with them to their new homes. Barkov, Huberdeau, Hornqvist, Tippett and Duclair is a decent enough core to work around, and the Panthers have decent depth players like Brett Connolly, Vinnie Hinostroza and Frank Vatrano to help provide support on the wings.
While bounce-backs from Barkov and Bobrovsky are needed for Florida to contend, Tippett also figures to be a make-or-break player for Coach Q. If Tippett, the 10th-overall pick in , scores at a second-line clip, that could be the difference between the Panthers being stuck in purgatory or making the postseason. Ditto for Denisenko. It looks like Noel Acciari will get the gig to start, but choosing between him, Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Wennberg for that role does not leave Quenneville in a good spot.
Verhaeghe is especially interesting after a successful stint with the Lightning as a depth center. If he can succeed between Duclair and either Tippett or Brett Connolly, things look a bit brighter. The Panthers were fourth in the NHL with 2.
The only teams that finished ahead of them were Colorado, Tampa Bay and Washington. A lot of the blame lands on Bobrovsky, who posted a shockingly bad The good news is that general manager Bill Zito made a couple of unheralded improvements to the back-end of the blueline by bringing in Markus Nutivaara and Radko Gudas to stabilize the third pairing.
That tells you that the Panthers are not out of their league in this division and could be an interesting buy-low candidate. That said, a lot has to go right for this team to just make the playoffs, so I would need a much bigger number to invest in Florida before the season. Perhaps the best course of action for potential investors is to be patient and wait to see what kind of form Bobrovsky is in as the season starts.
If things look encouraging, this number starts to become more palatable. In the end, I think the best way to buy into Florida is by backing the coach, Joel Quenneville, to win the Jack Adams. A strong season from the Panthers will likely land Quenneville in the conversation for the award and given his status in the game, it would be hard for a lot of the PHWA voters to look away. What everybody underestimated was the impact that head coach Barry Trotz, fresh off a Stanley Cup Parade with the Capitals, would have on the Islanders.
Not only that, but most of the hockey universe also overlooked that the Isles had a foundation of players to work with. Of course this narrative could have been very different had the NHL not re-convened in the Bubble. They started , then followed that up by going over the winter and putting their sure-fire playoff spot in jeopardy.
Then came The Bubble, where the Islanders looked better than ever. The easy answer is to expect a team somewhere in between. A solid team, but not the elite one we saw dispatch the Panthers, Capitals and Flyers without much issue before giving the Lightning a good series in the Conference Final. Top-pair defenseman Adam Pelech was supposed to miss the whole season after an ACL injury he suffered in a pre-game kick-up game and Casey Cizikas was out for weeks after he got cut with a skate.
The Islanders started to address those issues by trading for third-line center Jean-Gabriel Pageau and reliable third-pair defenseman Andy Greene. When the Isles got to The Bubble, Cizikas and Pelech were back and Greene and Pageau got to go through a mini-camp with their new team. The proof was in the pudding. The Islanders are a relatively unchanged group heading into The other notable addition to this roster is the long-awaited arrival of Ilya Sorokin, a highly-touted Russian goaltender who has spent the last five seasons absolutely dominating the KHL.
If Sorokin settles in quickly, the Islanders will immediately get interesting. For the third season in a row, I think the Islanders could be worth backing on a game-to-game basis. That sort of happened, but I still believe the Jackets are a team worth keeping an eye on in a competitive Central Division. At the moment, the Jackets are projected to be between the fifth or sixth-best team in the division behind the Lightning, Hurricanes, Stars and Predators. While most books have the Jackets projected to be better than Florida, there are a few that rate the Panthers as slightly better than Columbus.
Due to its lack of starpower, Columbus is a team built on a defensive, we-dare-you-to-beat-us mentality. That said, there are a handful of talented players at the top of this roster. Unfortunately, Dubois has requested a trade out of Columbus, which would be a pretty big deal if it comes to fruition. You can argue all you want about just how good Seth Jones and Zach Werenski truly are, but the important thing for bettors is that Jones and Werenski give the Jackets a trustworthy top pairing.
Columbus did take a hit behind them, though, as Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara have both moved on. Neither Murray nor Nutivaara were top-pair rearguards, but they were both perfect for roles on the second or third pairing. Murray also was an adept plug-and-play option if Jones or Werenski went down. There are reasons to be optimistic that the Blue Jackets will be well off in goal. Elvis Merzlikins looked like he was on his way to establishing him as a reliable No.
Joonas Korpisalo may have struggled in the regular season, but he was brilliant in the Bubble. There are also reasons to be cautious. If you are interested in betting on Columbus, I do think you can be patient. Unless the Jackets have an absolute pearler of a season, these odds will likely remain in this range heading into the postseason. Instead, my hypothesis with the Blue Jackets is that they will, once again, be a team to target as underdogs and to walk away from as big favorites. A couple of seasons ago it seemed like it was a question of if, not when, the Nashville Predators would win the Stanley Cup.
They got close, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Finals, but since then the Preds has slowly slinked back into the pack. Any conversation about Nashville starts with the defense. For one, it tells you that the Preds lack star-power up front. There were some points where it looked like the Predators found their talisman over the years. Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene all have had terrific seasons in their respective careers, but not one of them has been able to maintain that level.
If the Predators can find a top line that puts up crooked numbers, look out because the rest of the pieces are there for an intriguing contender. The Predators have a real chance to be noise-makers, so long as they can find a few forwards to carry the water.
If not, the team will likely need to be carried by its elite top-pairing on defense. Long the heir apparent to the blue paint in Nashville, Saros endured a roller coaster season. The first half of the season was a bit of a trainwreck as the year-old Finn posted a That form seems to have gone unnoticed by the market, as Saros is listed as the biggest longshot for the Vezina at DraftKings. None of those goaltenders play for contenders, and some of them have some very suspect numbers over the past few seasons.
Giordano is the main man in Cowtown, but Rasmus Andersson has turned himself into a valuable asset for the Flames and could play a top-pair role if needed. We have a pretty good idea of what to expect out of most of the other Canadian teams. The Canadiens are deep and have a high floor. The Leafs are uber-talented and have the highest ceiling. The Oilers will go as far as their stars take them.
But the Flames are a bit of a mystery because we are dealing with two very different performances from their star forwards over the last two seasons. Asking Gaudreau, Monahan, Lindholm and Co. Gannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services. Newsrooms are independent of this relationship and there is no influence on news coverage.
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