Looking at the latest Bovada betting odds for the NHL’s 2014-15 season, a few things are clear about wagering on the division champions.
1. The Metro Division might be the only one that could turn you a decent profit, provided the Pittsburgh Penguins stumble post-Bylsma and the New York Rangers don’t automatically ascend to the top spot.
2. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues are getting mad respect as contenders in the Atlantic and the Central, but the Bruins and Blackhawks are still top dogs.
3. Not only aren’t the New York Islanders ever on TV, but the odds-makers give the Edmonton Oilers a better shot at winning the Pacific than the Isles have in the Atlantic.
4. Based on those 11/2 odds for the Colorado Avalanche, Bovada's obviously on the Corsi bandwagon too.
As far as longshots go, you could do worse than taking a chance on Cory Schneider and the Elderly Czechs (a.k.a. the New Jersey Devils) at 9-to-1 and the Dallas Stars at 15/2, because frankly we don’t know what they’ll end up having in Dallas this season if the offense clicks three lines deep and Kari Lehtonen stays healthy.
OK, who wants the Buffalo Sabres at 16-to-1? Anyone?
Incidentally, the Minnesota Wild (16/1, up from 18/1), Tampa Bay Lightning (ditto) and Montreal Canadiens (18/1, up from 20/1) all saw their Stanley Cup odds increase. The Vancouver Canucks meanwhile dropped from 28/1 down to 40/1; DOES THE ADDITION OF LINDEN VEY MEAN NOTHING TO YOU PEOPLE!?
The Chicago Blackhawks are at 13/2 to win the Stanley Cup this season. Wonder what the odds are for Brad Richards being in street clothes when they hoist it?