Handicapping NHL's Eastern vs. Western Division Futures Odds

Friday, August 29, 2014 6:57 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 6:57 PM UTC

The West has surpassed the East for the title of top conference in the NHL by winning four of the last five Stanley Cups. Will that trend continue? Here’s a look at the 2014-15 NHL odds as training camps approach.

<p><strong>Eastern Conference</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nhl-hockey/news/can-boston-bruins-remain-top-nhl-odds-without-iginla-a-48119/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="Can Boston Bruins Remain On Top of NHL Odds Without Iginla?">Boston Bruins</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> are favored in the East at +320, and outside of losing Jarome Iginla, they basically have the same team back and that spells trouble for the rest of the conference. They will need someone to take Iginla’s spot on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, but they still have Zdeno Chara leading a very good defense and Tuukka Rask in goal. They will also be inspired by their exit at the hands of their rivals from </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/nhl-picks-canadian-teams-make-playoffs-2014-15/40649/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="NHL Picks: Canadian Teams to Make Playoffs in 2014-15">Montreal Canadiens</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> in the postseason.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em;">Then you have </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/stay-away-the-penguins-futures-12-1-nhl-betting-odds/48772/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="Stay Away From the Penguins Futures at 12/1 NHL Betting Odds">Pittsburgh Penguins</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> at +400, but this is a team in transition with a new head coach in Mike Johnston, and they traded James Neal to <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/how-will-p-rinne-s-return-affect-predators-nhl-futures-odds/48568/" target="_blank" title="How Will P. Rinne's Return Affect Predators' NHL Futures Odds?">Nashville Predators</a>. They still have the duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin leading the way, but the Pens also lost a lot on defense.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em;">Last season’s conference finalists, Montreal and the </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nhl-hockey/news/rangers-signing-lombardi-impact-stanley-cup-odds-a-48112/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="Rangers Signing Lombardi Impact on Stanley Cup Odds">New York Rangers</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;">, are both rated at +700, but they might have caught lightning in a bottle and rode hot goalies to that spot. Tampa Bay is next at +750, but Steven Stamkos needs a little more help. Watch out for Washington at +1600; they offer some value, but they could be either great or awful, with no middle ground.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Western Conference</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em;">The Blackhawks are the West favorites at +370, and they will certainly be motivated after losing to the </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/nhl-betting-los-angeles-kings-2014-15-future-odds/40205/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="NHL Betting: Los Angeles Kings 2014-15 Future Odds">Los Angeles Kings</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;">, who are rated at +450. The two have met in each of the last three seasons in the Western finals and the winner has gone on to win the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/nhl-picks-2015-stanley-cup-future-odds/40204/" target="_blank" title="NHL Picks: 2015 Stanley Cup Future Odds">Stanley Cup</a>, so you’re going to need your best effort to even crack the top two in the West. The Blackhawks showed they were in it for the long haul by signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to massive extensions, and it’s tough to think of a reason why they wouldn’t be in the conference finals once again. The same goes for the Kings, who might have the trump card in goalie Jonathan Quick.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em;">Then you have </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nhl-hockey/news/nhl-betting-effects-paul-stastny-joining-st-louis-blues-a-48623/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="NHL Betting Effects of Paul Stastny Joining St. Louis Blues">St. Louis Blues</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> at +450, and they picked up the biggest free agent of the summer in Paul Statsny, but if they don’t get past the second round, people are going to look in goal, where they let Ryan Miller go to Vancouver. </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nhl-hockey/news/will-anaheim-ducks-rehiring-silfverberg-affect-nhl-odds-a-48716/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="Will Anaheim Ducks' Rehiring Silfverberg Affect NHL Odds?">Anaheim Ducks</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> and San Jose are rated at +500 and +550, respectively, and the Ducks traded for Ryan Kesler to add to their powerful front line, but they’re young in goal. Meanwhile, the Sharks are coming off arguably their toughest collapse in a long line of collapses, and they could be on the way down.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nhl-hockey/news/are-nhl-odds-undervaluing-young-avalanche-squad-a-48146/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="Are NHL Odds Undervaluing Young Avalanche Squad?">Colorado Avalanche</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> at +800 is a very good deal with their young lineup that added some veteran leadership with Iginla, and don’t sleep on </span><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nhl-hockey/news/low-expectations-books-make-dallas-stars-solid-nhl-bet-a-48193/" style="line-height:20.7999992370605px;" target="_blank" title="Low Expectations from Books make Dallas Stars Solid NHL Bet">Dallas Stars</a><span style="line-height:1.6em;"> from +1100.  Picking up Jason Spezza was huge, and Jamie Benn is going to be a star this season.</span></p>
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